Lot of 73 Souvenir Booklets and Programmes from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Brisbane

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    First Edition.

    Various sizes. 73 volumes stored in 4 display folders. Illustrated and pictorial saddle-stapled wrappers.

    Large lot of souvenir booklets and programmes for musical theatre, dance, revues, and opera performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Brisbane, mostly from the 1960s, together with two from 1956 and one from 1970. Opening as Her Imperial Majesty’s Opera House in 1888 and known as His Majesty’s Theatre between 1905 and 1952, it was the largest theatre in Brisbane, and up to its demolition in 1983 played host to a range of theatrical entertainments for Brisbane’s well-to-do social classes. Most productions in this lot presented by J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd. (who held the lease on the theatre for much of its operation) including productions of works by Gilbert & Sullivan, Rogers & Hammerstein, and Harry Wren, as well as many other musical theatre classics, together with domestic productions in association with The Australian Ballet, The Ballet Theatre of Queensland, The Queensland Ballet Company, Queensland Light Opera Company, The Elizabethan Trust Opera and Theatre Company, and international tours including The Berioska Dance Company of Moscow and National Russian Orchestra, Margot Fonteyn and David Blair, Kalakshetra Dancers of Madras (India), Les Ballets Africains, Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, Mazowsze Dance Company of Poland, Georgian State Dance Company, The Leningrad Maly Theatre Ballet Company, The Moscow State Variety Theatre, and others. The programmes are filled with period advertisements, with many of the rear covers sporting illustrated advertisements for Queensland beer, XXXX, or U.K. Motors, Austin A60, Lincoln, and Morris automobiles. The programmes are stored in 4 display folders, 1 of international tours, 1 of Australian ballet and opera, and 2 of various musical theatre and revue productions. Full list of titles: Folder 1. (International Productions): 1. Swan Lake performed by The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet; 2. The Berioska Dance Company of Moscow and National Russian Orchestra, 1966 (Programme); 3. Berioska Dance Company of Moscow (Souvenir Book); 4. The Moscow State Variety Theatre; 5. Georgian State Dance Company; 6. The Leningrad Maly Theatre Ballet Company; 7. The Magnificent Mazowsze Dance Company of Poland; 8. Les Ballets Africains de la Republique de Guinea; 9. Lusillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre; 10. The Peking Opera (Supplement to China Reconstructs’ No. 7, 1956); 11. Margot Fonteyn and David Blair with Stars of the Royal Ballet Australian and New Zealand Tour, 1962 (Good Condition, wrappers torn); 12. Ziegfeld Follies; 13. Kalakshetra Dancers of Madras (India); 14. Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company Australian Tour, 1964; 15. The World Famous Spanish Dancers & Singers: Alegrias de Espana; Folder 2. (Australian Ballet & Opera): 16. The Australian Ballet 1963; 17. A Joint Season of Opera and Ballet, 1964 (The Australian Ballet); 18. The Australian Ballet Farewell Season International Tour, 1965; 19. The Australian Ballet 1966 Season; 20. The Australian Ballet Return Season 1966; 21. The Australian Ballet on Tour in 1968; 22. The Australian Ballet 1969; 23. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company Grand Opera 1960; 24. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company Grand Opera 1962; 25. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company Grand Opera 1962: Don Giovanni; 26. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company Grand Opera 1962: Ariadne on Naxos; 27. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company Opera 1963; 28. A Joint Season of Opera and Ballet (The Elizabethan Trust Opera Company); 29. The Elizabethan Trust Opera Co.: Opera 1966; 30. The Ballet Theatre of Queensland 1967 Season of Ballet; 31. The Ballet Theatre of Queensland 1968 Season of Ballet; 32. The Queensland Ballet Company Winter Season 1968; 33. The Queensland Ballet Company Third Season; 34. Borovansky Ballet 1960; 35. Australia’s Mozart Opera Season, 1956; Folder 3. (Musical Theatre): 36. South Pacific; 37. Fiddler on the Roof; 38. Funny Girl; 39. Oklahoma!; 40. The Great Waltz; 41. Half a Sixpence; 42. Irma la Douce; 43. Ecstasy on Ice; 44. Ice Follies; 45. Winter Journey by Clifford Odets; 46. Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife; 47. Camelot; 48. Carousel; 49. Showboat; 50. The Student Prince; 51. Orpheus in the Underworld; 52. Fledermaus!; 53. Oliver!; Folder 4. (Musical Theatre): 54. Bye Bye Birdie; 55. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; 56. The Merry Widow; 57. The Sound of Music; 58. Annie Get Your Gun; 59. Starnight Revue ’62; 60. My Fair Lady, 1970; 61. My Fair Lady, 1961; 62. Boeing Boeing; 63. The Gondoliers; 64. Roaring 20’s; 65. The Amorous Prawn by Anthony Kimmins; 66. The Pirates of Penzance; 67. Any Wednesday; 68. The Trust Players 1960 Season; 69. Simple Spymen; 70. Relatively Speaking; 71. The Old Vic Company: The Lady of the Camellias; 72. Mary, Mary: A Comedy by Jean Kerr (Good Condition, tear to front cover); 73. C. J. Dennis’ The Sentimental Bloke.

    Most are in Fine to Very Good Condition, some with minor foxing and creasing. Two in Good Condition. Near Fine Condition.


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