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

Ballett Collectible Card
Reverse Text: "Ballett (Die Zeit von 1850-1875)"
Publisher: Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, Series: Deutsche Kulturbilder, 1936; Nr. 266
Size:
8.5 x 7.0 cm

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

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

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)

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

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 - 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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