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Thou Shalt Not Tip the Usher

14 January, 2011

the Royal Avenue Theatre in London, as advertised here in this 1894 poster, now goes by the name the Playhouse Theatre. An interesting fact–in that same year, George Bernard Shaw made his West End debut at the Avenue Theatre. These days, the Theatre hosts ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’, a particularly dire looking rock’n roll 60’s musical review.

This poster is striking, not only for Aubrey Beardsley’s Sultry Lady Framed by Polka-Dots (the unofficial title) and the neat typography, but also for the fact that performances seem to be for free and Gratuity accepting was a fire-able offence.

Avenue Theatre

image origins: appropriated from a two decade old, theatre themed planner belonging to the Author’s mother.  A wealth of posters, photographs and images were compiled in this weekly Diary, many of which will be duly Shared.

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