This small collection contains 10 bound volumes of printed playbills for performances held at the Theatre Royal Hull, 1796-1873, and one bound volume of programmes. The collection contains playbills for various types of plays including tragedies, comedies, operas, Shakespeare, farces, musicals, dramas and pantomime, as well as playbills for performances featuring famous actors such as Sarah Siddons, William Dowton and Charles Kemble.
The playbills generally include the following information: the date of the performance, whether the play had been chosen by a particular group or sponsor, if the play was a benefit performance and for whom, the name of the play, a short cast list, brief details of forthcoming performances, the time of the performance, the price of tickets and where the tickets could be purchased. Some of the later playbills also contain brief notes about the play's story or specific scenes within the play. The earlier playbills are generally printed in black and white and do not contain pictures, whilst some of the later playbills have been printed on coloured paper and/or using coloured ink. There are also some later playbills (1860s-1870s) which incorporate pictures, most of which are in black and white. Several of the volumes also contain other related material including newspaper cuttings; printed bills apologising for a change of play or actor owing to unforeseen circumstances; pictures of famous actors, and brief handwritten notes pertaining to specific performances.
There is some duplication with the playbills held by Hull City Archives.