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Ancient Greece theatre in Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Ancient Greece theatre in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, "a place for viewing"), itself from θεάομαι (theáomai, "to see", "to watch", "to observe").

Modern theatre includes performances of plays and musical theatre. The art forms of ballet and opera are also theatre and use many conventions such as acting, costumes and staging. They were influential to the development of musical theatre; see those articles for more information. (Full article...)

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Theda Bara as Ruth Gordon
The Blue Flame is a four-act play written by George V. Hobart and John Willard, who revised an earlier version by Leta Vance Nicholson. In 1920, producer Albert H. Woods staged the play on Broadway and on tour across the United States. Ruth Gordon, the main character, is a religious young woman who dies and is revived by her scientist fiancé as a soulless femme fatale. She seduces several men and involves them in crimes, including drug use and murder. In the final act, her death and resurrection are revealed to be a dream. The production starred Theda Bara (pictured), a popular silent film actress who was known for playing similar roles in movies. Critics panned the play, ridiculing the plot, the dialog, and Bara's acting. Theater historian Ward Morehouse called it "one of the worst plays ever written". Bara's movie fame drew large crowds to theaters, and the play was a commercial success, breaking attendance records at some venues. Ruth Gordon was Bara's only Broadway role, and The Blue Flame was one of her last professional acting projects.

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John Le Mesurier (1912–1983) was an English actor perhaps best remembered for his comedic role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC situation comedy Dad's Army between 1968 and 1977. He debuted on stage in 1934, and became one of television's pioneering actors when he appeared in The Marvellous History of St Bernard in 1938. From there, Le Mesurier had a prolific film career and appeared in over 120 films across a range of genres, normally in smaller supporting parts in comedies; his roles often portrayed figures of authority such as army officers, policemen and judges. He took a relaxed approach to acting and described himself as a "jobbing actor", a term he used for the title of his autobiography. On one of the few occasions he played the lead role in his career, he received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Best Television Actor" award for his performance in the Dennis Potter television play Traitor. He later said that the parts he played were those of "a decent chap all at sea in a chaotic world not of his own making". After his death, critics reflected that for an actor who normally took minor roles, the viewing public were "enormously fond of him".

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    1899 poster of Mme. M. Sissieretta Jones
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    A Scene from Troilus and Cressida - Angelica Kauffmann
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    A Wilde time 3
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    Adolphe-Joseph-Louis Alizard from Le Charivari
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    Advertisement for the music score of La Bohème, 1895
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    Aida poster colors fixed
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    Al quartiere latino, bozzetto di Adolf Hohenstein per La Bohème (1896) - Archivio Storico Ricordi ICON000086 - Restoration
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    Amilcare Ponchielli (before 1886) - Archivio Storico Ricordi FOTO000794 - Restoration
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    Carl Nielsen c. 1908 - Restoration
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    CharltonHestonCivilRightsMarch1963Retouched
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    Composer Rossini G 1865 by Carjat - Restoration
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    Eva Le Gallienne (mnwp.275003, cropped restoration)
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    Fausta Labia, porträtt - SMV - H5 028 - Restoration
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    François-Joseph Bélanger - Set design for Gluck's Alceste
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    Fromental Halévy, L'Éclair score cover - Restoration
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    Gabrielle Ray (c. 1910) - Archivio Storico Ricordi FOTO002691 - Restoration
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    Gavin Hamilton - Coriolanus Act V, Scene III edit2
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    George Romney - William Shakespeare - The Tempest Act I, Scene 1
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    George Sand by Nadar, 1864
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    Georges Rochegrosse - Jules Massenet - Roma
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    Georges Rochegrosse - Poster for Gabriel Fauré's Pénélope (1913)
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    Georges Rochegrosse - Poster for the prèmiere of Claude Debussy and Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelléas et Mélisande
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    Georges Rochegrosse's poster for Jules Massenet's Don Quichotte
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    Giacomo Puccini (1924) - Archivio Storico Ricordi FOTO003293 - Restoration
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    Gilbert Duprez & Rosine Stoltz in Donizetti's La Favorite
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    Giuseppe Barberis - Carlo Cornaglia - Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo at La Scala
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    Giuseppe Verdi, Giovanna d'Arco, Vocal Score - Restoration
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    Giuseppe Verdi, La traviata title page - Restoration
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    Giuseppe Verdi, Lombardi alla prima crociata. Libretto, 1843 - Restoration
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    Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto, Vocal score illustration by Roberto Focosi - Restoration
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    Giuseppe Verdi, Simon Boccanegra first edition libretto for the 1881 revision of the opera - Restoration
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    Giuseppe Verdi, Un Ballo in maschera, Vocal score frontispiece - restoration
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    Glad to See You Together
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    Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit
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    H. M. Brock - Gilbert and Sullivan - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Ruddigore revival 1921
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    Haydée, ou Le secret Act II - Philippe Chaperon
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    Hazel MacKaye and dog by Harris & Ewing
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    Hector Berlioz, Béatrice et Bénédict score title page - Restoration
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    Hector Berlioz, La Prise de Troie score cover - Restoration
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    Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens vocal score cover - Restoration
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    Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens à Carthage vocal score cover - Restoration
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    Henri C. R. Presseq - Camille Erlanger - Le juif polonais
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    Henry Atwell Thomas - Franz von Suppé - Fatinitza
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    Holger Drachmann, fra Klæbels samling - Restoration
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    Humanité René Philastre and Charles-Antoine Cambon - Set design for the second part of Victor Hugo's Les Burgraves, première production
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    Il signor Tambourossini - Delaroche
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    Illustrated London News - Giuseppe Verdi's Attila at Her Majesty's Theatre, London
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    Ira Aldridge as Aaron in Titus Andronicus
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    Ivor Novello
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    Jacques Offenbach - A. Jannin - Robinson Crusoé
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    Jacques Offenbach by Nadar
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    Jean Cocteau b Meurisse 1923
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    Jean de Paleologu - Jules Massenet - Sapho
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    Jessie Bonstelle, Mishkin, N.Y. - Mishkin LCCN2014684961 (restoration)
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    Johann Strauss II by Fritz Luckhardt
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    John Opie - Winter's Tale, Act II. Scene III
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    John Phillip Sousa - De Wolf Hopper - El Capitan1
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    JohnShea
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    Joseph Albert - Ludwig und Malwine Schnorr von Carolsfeld - Tristan und Isolde, 1865f
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    Jules Massenet - Le Cid 2e Acte, 3e Tableau - L'Illustration
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    Jules Massenet - Le Cid 3e Acte, 6e Tableau - L'Illustration
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    Jules Massenet by Eugène Pirou
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    Julia Margaret Cameron (British, born India - Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen - Google Art Project
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    La Juive Act 1 set 1835 - Restoration
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    Le comte Ory - Dubois & chez Martinet - Final scene
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    Leo Tolstoy 1897, black and white, 37767u
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    Lilly Walleni in Daria at Kungliga Operan 1907 - SMV - NV059
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    Lohengrin - Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News
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    Long Tack Sam poster by Adolph Friedlander
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    Louis Guéymard as Robert le Diable by Gustave Courbet - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 436015 (cropped)
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    Lucy Arbell as Queen Amahelli in Massenet's Bacchus, wide view
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    Lucy Arbell in Massenet's Thérèse
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    Lucy Arbell photographed by Paul Nadar
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    Luigi Verardi after Dominico Ferri - Gaetano Donizetti - Carrefour de St Jean et Paul. Dans l'Opéra Marino Faliero
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    Luigi Verardi after Dominico Ferri - Vincenzo Bellini - Théatre Royal Italien. Salle d'armes dans l'Opéra I Puritani
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    M. Browne - Herbert Railton - Sydney Grundy - Arthur Sullivan - Haddon Hall
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    Mademoiselle Maupin de l'Opéra (Julie d'Aubigny)
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    Mademoiselle Priola de l'Opéra Comique, rôle de Javotte dans "Le Roi l'a dit" de Delibes
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    Magistrate 1885 - Weir Collection - Restoration
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    Magna Lykseth in Tristan och Isolde at Kungliga Operan 1909 - SMV - GL164
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    Marcel Jambon - Giuseppe Verdi - Otello Act I set design model
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    Marian Anderson
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    Maritana - Nov 22 1845 Illustrated London News
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    Mary Martin in The Sound of Music by Toni Frissell
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    Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u
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    Max Brückner - Otto Henning - Richard Wagner - Final scene of Götterdämmerung
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    Maxim Gorky LOC Restored edit1
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    Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots - Décor Acte II
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    Midsummer Night's Dream Henry Fuseli2
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    Minstrel PosterBillyVanWare edit
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    Mrs. Fiske, "Love finds the way" - Zaida Ben Yusuf. LCCN2006677585 - Restoration, levels tweaked
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    Nadar - Alexander Dumas père (1802-1870) - Google Art Project 2
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    Napoli, strada Acquaquilia, bozzetto di Riccardo Salvadori per A Basso Porto (1894) - Archivio Storico Ricordi ICON002556
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    Nelly Martyl by Jean Reutlinger (Image 10715)
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    Paul Maurou - Poster for Edmond Audran's Gillette de Narbonne
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    Paulette del Baye - Photograph in Les Modes 75 (1907-03)
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    Philippe Chaperon - Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots Act I (1896)
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    Philippe Chaperon - Rigoletto
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    Pierre Gaveaux by Edmé Quenedey (1821)
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    Pierre-Auguste Lamy (?) - Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, Giulietta act
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    Pierre-Auguste Lamy (?) - Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, Olympia act
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    Pierre-Auguste Lamy (?) - Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, prologue
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    Pierre-Luc-Charles Cicéri - Eugène Cicéri - Philippe Benoist - Adolphe Jean Baptiste Bayot - Décorations de théâtre, Robert le diable, 3e act
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    PikiWiki Israel 13773 AIDA AT MASADA 2011
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    Portrait of Elizabeth Farren, by Thomas Lawrence
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    Portrait of Madame Dugazon (Louise Rosalie Lefèvre), in the title rôle of Nina (Scene V)
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    Portrait of Pearl Bailey as Butterfly in St. Louis Woman
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    Portrett av Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, 1909 - no-nb digifoto 20150129 00043 bldsa BB0791 - Restoration
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    Poster for Gilbert and Clay's Ages Ago at the Royal Gallery of Illustration
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    Poster for Jules Massenet's La Navarraise with Emma Calvé in the rôle of Anita
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    Poster for Le pardon de Ploërmel 1859
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    Priscilla Horton (Mrs. German Reed) as Ariel
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    Programme for the première of Ubu Roi
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    Prudent-Louis Leray - Poster for the première of Georges Bizet's Carmen
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    Rice & Barton's Big Gaiety Spectacular Extravaganza Co. - Gaiety Dancers
  • Robert Earl Jones in Langston Hughes' Don't You Want to be Free? (23 June 1938; photograph by Carl Van Vechten)
    Robert Earl Jones in Langston Hughes' Don't You Want to be Free? (23 June 1938; photograph by Carl Van Vechten)
  • Robert Jacob Hamerton - Poster for F. C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan's The Contrabandista
    Robert Jacob Hamerton - Poster for F. C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan's The Contrabandista
  • Rosa Raisa (1917) - Archivio Storico Ricordi FOTO002701 - Restoration
    Rosa Raisa (1917) - Archivio Storico Ricordi FOTO002701 - Restoration
  • Rosabel Morrison - Carmen poster
    Rosabel Morrison - Carmen poster
  • Sarah Bernhardt, par Nadar, 1864, sepia
    Sarah Bernhardt, par Nadar, 1864, sepia
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    Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act1 sc2 of Aida by Verdi 1871 Cairo - Gallica - Restored
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    Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act4 sc2 of Aida by Verdi 1880 Paris
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    Tavola 5, bozzetto di Gebrüder Brückner per Tannhäuser (s.d.) - Archivio Storico Ricordi ICON011721 - Restoration, crop
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    Teatro Municipal de São Paulo 8
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    The Happy Land - Illustrated London News, March 22, 1873
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    The High Rollers Extravaganza Co. - Bend Her - c.1900
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    The Mikado Chappell Vocal Score cover (c.1895)
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    The Princess - W. S. Gilbert
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    Thespis - Illustrated London News Jan 6 1872
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    Thomas Keene in Macbeth 1884 Wikipedia crop
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    Thomas Keene in Othello 1884 Poster
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    Thomas Keene in Richard III 1884 Poster
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    Thos. W. Keene in Hamlet
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    Tom Cobb
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    Tom Taylor by Lock and Whitfield
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    Trial by Jury - Chaos in the Courtroom
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    Utopia Limited Poster
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    Vasta spianata presso Courtray, bozzetto di Giuseppe Palanti per Edgar (s.d.) - Archivio Storico Ricordi ICON000128 B
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    Verdi conducting Aida in Paris 1880 - Gallica - Restoration
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    Victor Hugo by Étienne Carjat 1876 - full
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    Wally (soprano), figurino di Adolf Hohenstein per La Wally (1892) - Archivio Storico Ricordi ICON004639 - Restoration
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    Wicked World - Illustrated London News, Feb 8 1873
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    Wilhelm - Costume design for Arac, Gunon, and Scynthius (Princess Ida, 1884)
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    Émile Bayard - Beaumarchais - Bégéarss in La mère coupable, 1876
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    Émile Bertrand - Jules Massenet - Cendrillon poster

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