A Backstage Gallery

Behind the scenes... rehearsals, dressing rooms and theatre technology on postcards.

See also: Liebig Card Series: Vor und hinter den Coulissen

Stage and Stage Technology

Cigaretten-Bilderdienst - Deutsche Kultur-Bilder - Nr. 149
"Dekorationsmaler"

Backstage
"Le peintre décorateur de théâtres"

Sweden - Drottningholm: Slottsteater
pieces of scenery

Sweden - Drottningholm: Slottsteater
scene machinery

Germany - Gotha: Ekhof-Theater
scene machinery model

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
sub-stage scene machinery

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
scene machinery

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
scene machinery

Czech Republic - Cesky Krumlov: Zamecke divadlo
scene machinery

Germany - Bad Lauchstaedt: Goethetheater
sub-stage scene machinery

Germany - Muenchen: Altes Residenztheater revolving stage (right)
sub-stage machinery: revolving stage

United Kingdom - London: London Coliseum (English National Opera)
sub-stage machinery: revolving stage

Sweden - Drottningholm: Slottsteater
wave machine

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
fly loft

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
fly loft above the stage

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
fly loft above the stage

France - Nanterre: Theatre Nanterre-Amandiers
fly loft above the stage

Germany - Baden-Baden: Festspielhaus
fly loft above the stage

Spain - Barcelona: Teatre Tivoli
fly locking rail on stage level

Comic Postcard - signed Perly - I am earning my living on the stage
I am earning my living on the stage.

Switzerland - St. Gallen: Stadttheater (new)
freight elevator in the wings

United Kingdrom - Brighton: Theatre Royal
prompt corner

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
ballerina waiting side-stage for her entrance

Backstage: La Parade

Dans les coulisses. Cherchez le pompier de service; Blank Back

Ballett

Backstage (Publisher: B. B., London, Series 2116)
Are you There!! I am remaining behind to night -
These little details require personal attention -
dont wait dinner.

Backstage
Pendant l'entracte

Advertisement for Alcool de Menthe de Ricqulès, by A. Guillaume

Backstage
Gaston de La Touche: À l'Opéra, 1900

Backstage
Étoiles filantes
- Il t'a engagé pour le prochain ballet? - Non! -
Qu'est-ce qu'il t'a dit? - Il m'a dit qu'il m'engagerait
quand il aurait besoin d'un manche!...

Backstage: Arts et Métiers. - Danseur et Acrobate

Backstage
I'm tired of this same old lousy scenery!

Belgium - Antwerpen: De Poesje
a puppeteer backstage

Backstage
stagehand opening the curtain

Backstage
fireman on duty and prompter in the prompt box watching two ballerinas

France - Paris: Comedie-Francaise
view of the stage and backstage area with decoration storage, seen from the auditorium

United Kingdom - London: Theatre Royal Stratford East
stagehands working on the stage

Germany - Magdeburg: Theater der Landeshauptstadt
view from the stage

United Kingdom - Glyndebourne: Opera House (new)
stage

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
stage with prompt corner

Switzerland - Zurich: Opernhaus
stage with lights

Liechtenstein- Schaan: TAK Theater Liechtenstein
lights

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
stage with lights

Pam Gems's Marlene at Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, 2001 (advertisement postcard not designed for postal use)
stage wall and spotlight

Germany - Baden-Baden: Festspielhaus
colour filters for stage spotlights

France - Paris: Opera Bastille
stage

France - Carcassonne: Theatre Jean-Alary
stage light controls

United Kingdom - London: London Coliseum (English National Opera)
main switchboard and revolving stage control

Germany - Leipzig: Neues Theater
electrical transformers

Pyongyang: April 25 House of Culture
light control booth

Germany - Aalen: Theater im Alten Rathaus
sound system

Liechtenstein- Schaan: SAL Saal am Lindaplatz
backstage staircase

Props

Stage Life (published in the United States)
"Stage Life" (actors looking for props)

Troitzsch advertisement
swan prop for "Lohengrin" on an advertisement postcard for ropes
("Kulisse, Prospekte und Vorhang / Kannst Du nicht heben,
Erst Seile von Troitzsch / Verschaffen der Bühne das Leben!")

USA - Universal City, CA: Universal City Studios
film property room at Universal City Studios, California

Germany - Essen: Aalto-Theater
scenery and props storage

Germany - Stuttgart: Staatstheater - Grosses Haus
applied arts department (during a guided tour)

Orchestra Pit

A performance of Don Giovanni (Liebig Card, series 1652: La Carriera di Mozart, 4. La scuola del mondo

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier

Germany - Bayreuth: Festspielhaus

France - Paris: Opera Bastille

Germany - Baden-Baden: Festspielhaus
music stands in the orchestra pit

Rehearsals

Chroegos and actors
Ancient Roman choregos and actors
(mosaic from Pompei in the
Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Napoli)

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Edgar Degas: La Répétition de chant, ca. 1869.

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Edgar Degas: Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier.
(see Salle de la rue Le Peletier for more works by Degas)

Rehearsal
Danse au théâtre (ballet rehearsal room, postcard sent in 1906)

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
ballet pupils
Paul Mesplès: Les petites élèves de l'Opéra - "Ça c'est un jeté" (Salon de Paris 1912)

Rehearsal
Yu. L. Frolov: A. M. Gorky na repetitsni
v Moskovskom Khudoshestvennom teatre
(Gorky rehearsing at the Moscow Art Theatre)

Rehearsal (Publisher: E. A. Seemann, Leipzig; Nr. 75)
Ulisse Caputo: Theaterprobe

Rehearsal
Olivia Young: Play Reading, 1998
(MED Theatre / Performing Dartmoor)

Sweden - Goteburg: Stora Teatern
ballet rehearsal break

Germany - Baden-Baden: Festspielhaus
dancers playing table tennis in the ballet rehearsal room

Dressing Rooms

Theatregoers; [Shakespeare] In the Green Room; Tuck & Sons
Charles Cattermole: [Shakespeare] In the Green Room

Sweden - Drottningholm: Slottsteater
dressing room at Drottingholm

Backstage
Pyotr M. Shmelkov: Sbory v teatr [Call in the theatre]

France - Paris: Theatre des Varietes
dressing room at Théâtre des Variétés, Paris

France - Paris: Theatre de la Renaissance
Sacha Guitry in his dressing room, 1911

Backstage - Albert Guillaume: Les Admirateurs
Albert Guillaume: Les Admirateurs

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
ballerinas' dressing room
P. E. Mesplès: A l'Opéra, Entrée manquée (Salon de Paris 1906)

Backstage - J. M. Avy: Entr'Acte
J. M. Avy: Entr'Acte (Salon de Paris 1907)

Backstage - Danseuse dans sa loge
Danseuse dans sa loge
Pardonnez-moi, ma charmante, suis-je indiscret?
Daignez accepter des quelques fleurs
en hommage à votre beauté.

Backstage - Dans la Loge da la Danseuse (P. Helmlinger & Cie., Nancy)
Dans la Loge da la Danseuse
- Nous mangerons des écrevisses,
Des huîtres avec des saucisses,
Et nous boirons, oui, c'est certain,
Du champagne et du chamberlin.

Backstage - Étoile d'Opéra - La Toilette et la Parure avant le Ballet; Cliché Manuel; No. 8; Undivided Back
Étoile d'Opéra - La Toilette et la Parure avant le Ballet

Backstage - Albert Guillaume: Artistes de Music-Hall
Albert Guillaume: Artistes de Music-Hall

Backstage - E. Tabary: Une étoile dans sa loge
E. Tabary: Une étoile dans sa loge

Backstage - Rud. Fuchs: Der Brief
Rudolf Fuchs: Der Brief

Backstage - Robert Schiff: Leichter als Luft
Robert Schiff: Leichter als Luft

Austria - Wien: Theater an der Wien (Rita Georg in her wardrobe)
soloist's dressing room

USA - New York NY: Century Theatre
choir dressing room

Backstage - Nos artistes dans leur loge: Jane Rollette
Nos artistes dans leur loge: Jane Rollette

Backstage - Nos artistes dans leur loge: Jean Yonnel
Nos artistes dans leur loge: Jean Yonnel

Backstage - Nos artistes dans leur loge: Signoret
Nos artistes dans leur loge: Signoret

Backstage - Nos artistes dans leur loge: Tarquinid'Or
Nos artistes dans leur loge: Tarquini d'Or

Backstage - Je ne demande qu'une toute petite place...
Je ne demande qu'une toute petite place...

Backstage - Circus Girl (VEB Verlag der Kunst, Dresden, 455/129/57)
Bert Heller: Zirkusmädchen

Backstage - Backstage at the Windmill, Theatre Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum
Zsuzsi Roboz: Backstage, 1964
(Backstage at the Windmill)

Masks, Make-Up and Hair

Backstage
Laboratorio d'un fabricante di maschere al medio-evo

Backstage - Haiyu Gakuya no Omokage: Nakamura Fukusuke IV
Toyohara Kunichika: Nakamura Fukusuke IV

Backstage - Réjane, dans sa loge
Réjane, dans sa loge

Backstage - Grete Egenolf (in der Garderobe), Verlag Fr. Groth, Hamburg
Grete Egenolf (in der Garderobe)

Backstage - K. T. Blazek: Pripravy na prvni Maskarni
K. T. Blažek: Přípravy na první maškarní

Backstage - Al Teatro della Guerra
Al Teatro della Guerra
Lui: Siete attesa per l'entrata trionfale.
Lei: Un momento! ...Perchè voglio figurar bene!
(Italian political caricature)

Backstage - Le Prince: Loge de théâtre; Trompe-l'oeuil 162x130, Maîtres de l'art contemporain, Impresison Pierron, Sarreguemines
Le Prince: Loge de théâtre

Backstage - Advertisement card for 'Les Acteurs sont fatigués', Comédie Caumartin, Paris

Backstage - Weißclown im Spiegel, Circus Roncalli 2003
Loredana Nemes: Weißclown im Spiegel, Circus Roncalli, 2003

France - Villeurbanne: Theatre National Populaire
actor in a dressing room wearing blackface, a traditional
part of the Persian popular theatre genre "Siah Bâzi"

Singapore - Chinese Opera Stages
applying make-up in the dressing room

Germany - Baden-Baden: Festspielhaus
applying make-up in the dressing room

Pyongyang: April 25 House of Culture

Austria - Wien: Oesterreichisches Theatermuseum im Palais Lobkowitz: Therese Krones: Schminkkassette (1828)
theatre make-up box (1828)

Germany - Muenchen: Nationaltheater
shelves with wigs

Costumes

A. Gaussen, Chez le costumier Souplet, Salon de Paris No. 182
A. Gaussen: Chez le costumier Souplet - Beim Theaterschneider, 1914

V. A. Vasilyev: Kostyomernaya masterskaya, 1956 r.
V. A. Vasilyev: Kostyomernaya masterskaya (costume workshop), 1956

Travelling Theatres

Backstage - Ludwig Knaus: Hinter dem Vorhang
Ludwig Knaus: Hinter dem Vorhang

Backstage - Hinter den Coulissen
Hinter den Coulissen

At the Stage Door

USA - New York NY: Belasco Theatre
stage door

Austria - Wien: Volkstheater
artists at the Volkstheater stage door, Wien, Austria
(see Volkstheater, Bürgertheater, Staatsoper
and Burgtheater for more stage door
portrait postcards from Wien)

Stage Door
"To find a match you may always go
next to a stage door - dont you know"
(postcard made from leather, c. 1900)

Stage Door (Phil May Series, Tuck's Oilette)
Outside the Gaiety Stage Door.
The Masher: "Here she comes!"
(by Phil May)

Stage Door (Mason's Alpha, Dinah Series; 12/1
"Housewives' Choice!"

Stage Door  Stage Door
"Mon vieux, allons voir ça dans les coulisses..."
"Il paraît que cette petite a un grand coeur... Je serais curieux de voir ce qui se cache derrière!..."
(foldable pop-up greeting card)

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