Treasures Tuesday - Going to the Theatre in 1883

For many visitors to London part of the trip is going to the theatre, seeing a famous star, eating very tiny ice creams and buying a programme. In the SoG Special Collections we know someone who did just that on Thursday July 12th 1883. They kept their programme and we can look it 134 years later. 

For anyone who has ancestors that worked in the theatre in the 19th or 20th century, programmes give us a wonderful image of their lives. Just as they do today, programmes include lists of all the actors, all the stage hands, and sometimes all the orchestra. So your ancestor doesn’t have to be a famous star to be featured.

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