Posters and playbills

Scope and Content

These playbills are focussed around specific Melivlle theatres, but the length of time covered by this section demonstrates a development of style in the production of the playbills. There are also a wide variety of productions represented in this section, although the main focus is upon melodrama and pantomime.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Melvilles ran a number of theatres in London and the provinces, producing many plays and their publicity. The most prolific theatres featuring in this collection are the Theatre Royal, Brighton (where George Melville was an actor), the Grand Theatre at Brighton (managed by Andrew Melville II, 1922-1930), the Theatre Royal Bristol (managed by Andrew Melville I in the 1880s) and the Lyceum in London (which brothers Frederick and Walter managed and wrote for 1910-1938).