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Poster advertising the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden

Poster advertising the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden

Printer: J Miles & Co

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Evan.1171

Item number: 1171

Genre: Poster

This Theatre Royal is now known as the Royal Opera House. It was built by Edward M Barry, who designed the auditorium so that it could be easily converted to a ballroom, assembly room or exhibition hall. It was the only theatre in London to not subject to the strictures of the state censor, the Lord Chamberlain. Thus it could stage a variety of different productions such as William Holland’s ‘Noah’s Ark’: a circus of performing animals that included a "Wrestling Lion", elephants, panthers, Siberian bears and a "Riding Baboon and Bare Backed Donkey".

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