A Gallery of Theatregoers

Theatregoers and the necessities of theatregoing on postcards.

Click on pictures for detailed information!

See also: Gallery of Puppet Shows, Gallery of Concerts, Liebig Card Series: Theater einst und jetzt, Guérin-Boutron Card Series: "Le Théâtre à travers les Âges"

Let's go to the Theatre!

Theatregoers (Publisher: Theochrome Series, 1994-B; Printed in the U.S.)
Let us go to theatre together.

Theatregoers (Avant le Théâtre; sent within Paris, 1905)
Avant le Théâtre.
Gentille amie, je vous emmène
Au théâtre ! Allons, venez-vous ?
J'ai loué pour vous une avant-scène
Et j'entends faire des jaloux !

Theatregoers (Publisher: Davidson Bros, Serie 2608-3)
Tom Browne: "My wife won't let me."
"So kind of you to go the the theatre with me Mrs. Mugg. Will your husband come too?"
"Oh dear no! He will stay at home and mind the children"

Choosing a Show

Beermat (Supra Brewery)
I. Ushakov: Teatralnaya deyatelnost silno
pridlizila kolonistov k celyanskoi molodeshi

Kabuki actor lists
"Geisha Girls" looking up the actor-list of Kabuki that
is the generic team [sic!] for classical dance of Japan

Children studying an advertising column

Beermat (Supra Brewery)
Aanplakker / Colleur d'Affiches [billsticker]

People studying posters (Publisher: Art Postal, Wien (Austria)
"Gospel o. Vivaldi", Paris

SMS info service
"Oper in Kürze" (SMS service of Oper Leipzig, Germany)

Arriving at the theatre

Germany - Berlin: Schauspielhaus / Konzerthaus
Schauspielhaus, Berlin

Germany - Berlin: Wallner-Theater
Schiller-Theater Ost, Berlin, c. 1900

France - Paris: Theatre du Vaudeville
Theatre du Vaudeville, Paris, c. 1900

Austria - Bad Ischl: Kurtheater
Emperor Franz Joseph arrives at the spa theatre of Bad Ischl, c. 1905


Comédie Mondaine, Paris

Austria - Wien: Staatsoper
Staatsoper, Wien

Germany - Muenchen: Prinzregententheater
Prinzregententheater, München

France - Paris: Opéra (Palais Garnier)
Opéra (Palais Garnier), Paris

Theatregoers
"We have a couple of good setas for the show. /
Nos avons deux bons fauteuils de face."

Italy - Milano: Teatro La piccola Canobbiana
Teatro La piccola Canobbiana, Milano

Germany - Bayreuth: Festspielhaus
Festspielhaus, Bayreuth

Germany - Heidenheim: Naturtheater
Naturtheater Heidenheim, 1930s

Germany - Krefeld: Seidenfaden-Variete
Seidenfaden-Varieté, Krefeld, 1930s

United Kingdom - London: Chiswick Empire
Chiswick Empire, London

Germany - Hamburg: Hansa-Theater
Hansa-Theater, Hamburg

Germany - Hannover: GOP Varieté-Theater
GOP Varieté-Theater, Hannover

Slovenia - Ljubljana: Opera
Opera, Ljubljana

Italy - Milano: Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Germany - Muenchen: Nationaltheater (Bayerische Staatsoper)
Bayerische Staatsoper, München


Premiere at the Théâtre des Mathurins, Paris, 1990

USA - New York: Imperial Theatre
Imperial Theatre, New York, in the 1990s

USA - New York: Majestic Theatre
Majestic Theatre, New York, in the 1990s

Canada - Drummondville: Mondial des Cultures
Festival mondial de folklore, Drummondville, Canada

Buying tickets

Theatregoers
Aint it aggravating when you get to the theatre and discover you've left the tickets at home?

London: Aldwych Theatre / District Messengers of London
District Messengers hired to retain good places at the Aldwych Theatre, London

France - Paris: Opera
queues at the Paris Opéra before a performance with free admission

Theatregoers (Collectible Card; Établissements Hauton, Saint-Nazaire-sur-Loire
- Je ne prends ces deux
loges que si vous m'assuriez
qu'il n'y aura pas de grève
d'electriciens.
- Oh je puis vous l'affirmer...
le théâtre étant éclairé au gaz.

Theatregoers (C. Fuchs, Calw 1909)
Bilder aus dem Volksleben des Schwarzwalds. Hannes u. Michel vor der Theaterkasse
Hannes: Sie, Herr Kassier, was kostet's denn, wenn m'r ins Theater will?
Kassier: I. Platz 3 Mark, II. Platz 2 Mark, III. Platz 1 Mark. Programm 10 Pfg.
Hannes: Du Michel, no sitzet m'r aufs Programm.

Das Draht-Hindernis, sent in 1913

Brighton: Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal, Brighton

Ticket
125 Jahre Deutscher Bühnenverein (Maximum Card, Germany, 1996)

At the cloakroom

Theatergoers
by Oscar Bluhm

Theatergoers (Collectible Card, Chicorée Extra Belle Jardinière, C. Beriot, Lille)

Theatregoers
usher and woman holding a coat
(the poster in the background advertising "Faust")

Theatregoers
Yuri I. Pimenov (1903-1977): Opozdavshne [Late], 1970

Strolling the foyers

France - Paris: Theatre du Palais-Royal (1784-)
Théâtre de la Montansier, Paris, c. 1805

France - Paris: Theatre du Palais-Royal (1784-)
Théâtre de la Montansier, Paris, c. 1805

Germany - Dresden: Semperoper
Hofoper (Semperoper), Dresden

USA - Chicago: Iroquois Theatre (Colonial Theatre)
Iroquois Theatre, Chicago, c. 1903

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra (Palais Garnier), Paris

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra (Palais Garnier), Paris

Austria - Wien: Staatsoper
Staatsoper, Wien

Austria - Wien: Burgtheater
Burgtheater, Wien

Theatergoers (Collectible Card, Chocolat-Louit, LAngage et vertus des pierres précieuses; Perle)
Perle: couleur blanche légèrement azurée
Langage: beauté irrésistible

Germany - Berlin: Metropoltheater (Komische Oper)
Metropoltheater, Berlin

USA - New York: Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York

United Kingdom - Paignton: Festival Theatre
Festival Theatre, Paignton

USA - Los Angeles CA: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

Pyongyang: April 25 House of Culture
April 25 House of Culture, Pyongyang

Pyongyang: April 25 House of Culture
April 25 House of Culture, Pyongyang

germany - Leipzig: Opernhaus
Opernhaus, Leipzig

germany - Dresden: Semperoper (post-1985)
Semperoper, Dresden

France - Paris: Opera Bastille
Opéra Bastille, Paris, ca. 2003

Before the curtain rises

France - Paris: Salle du Palais-Royal (1770-1781)
Salle du Palais-Royal, Paris, 1770s

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Liebig, Fashion 1840-1850

Germany - Berlin: Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Opernhaus, Berlin, 1862

Austria - Wien: Burgtheater (old)
Burgtheater, Wien, 1888

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Revillon

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Suchard

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Poulain

France - Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)
Czar Nicholas II at the Opéra, Paris, 1896

Austria - Berndorf: Stadttheater
Stadttheater, Berndorf

Austria - Graz: Opernhaus
Opernhaus, Graz

Germany - München: Cuvillies-Theater (Altes Residenztheater)
Altes Residenztheater, München

France - Paris: Opera-Comique
Opéra-Comique, Paris

Theatregoers; Publisher: Verlag 'Sect'

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Serres, Bordeaux
Loge de Face (Vaudeville)

Theatregoers
"Die Rendez-vous-Loge" by F. Gareis

Theatregoers; Publisher: Beilage des 'Sect'
Kissing couple by F. Gareis

Theatregoers
Au Théâtre.
Les loges sont des nids discrets voluptueux,
Où les baisers séchangent entre les amoureux.

United States - Atlantic City, NJ: Music Hall, Steel Pier
Music Hall, Steel Pier, Atlantic City

Theatregoers; Publisher: PMB, Serie No. 78
En el palco están muy juntos
y aúnque miran la función,
¡de seguro están pensando
momentos dulces de ilusión!

Monaco  - Monte-Carlo: Opéra
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Sweden  - Stockholm: Kungliga Operan
Kungliga Operan, Stockholm

Watching the performance

France - Paris: Salle du Petit-Bourbon
Ballet Comique de la Reine, Paris, 1581

England - London: The Globe (1599)
The Globe, c. 1600

Austria - Wien: Redoutensäle
Redoutensäle, Wien, 1760

Germany - Bayreuth: Markgraefliches Opernhaus
Baroque reenactment for a movie at the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth

France - Paris: Opera de la rue de Richelieu (Salle Montansier)
Opéra de la rue de Richelieu (Salle Montansier), Paris, 1796

United Kingdom - London: Drury Lane Theatre (3rd)
Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1808

United Kingdom - London: Sadler's Wells Theatre (old)
Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, ca. 1809

United Kingdom - London: Theatre Royal Covent Garden (2nd)
Theatre Royal Covent Garden, London, 1818

Austria - Wien: Kaertnertortheater
Kärtnertortheater, Wien, ca. 1820

USA - New York: Park Theatre
Park Theatre, New York, 1822

France - Paris: Comedie-Francaise
Comédie-Française, Paris, 1830

Belgium - Bruxelles: Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (1819)
Théâtre de la Monnaie, Bruxelles, 25 Aug 1830:
opera audience launching the Belgian Revolution

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Théâtre des Funambules, Paris, in the 1830s,
as depicted in the 1945 film "Les Enfants du Paradis"

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Edgar Degas: La Loge, Opéra, Paris

United Kingdom - London: Old Vic
Saturday Night at the Victoria Theatre
(Old Vic), London 1872

France - Paris: Opera-Comique (2nd Salle Favart)
Charles Cottet: Loge à l'Opéra-Comique,
Paris, 1887

France - Paris: Theatre du Chatelet
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, 1895

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra, Paris

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra, Paris

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Guérin-Boutron
À l'Opéra

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Au Bon Marché, Paris
La Gigue

Theatregoers (Collectible Card: Autriche, Chicorée Jh. Lervilles

Theatergoers (Collectible Card, Chocolat des Gourmets, Café des Gourmets)
Au Café Concert

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Liebig

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Delacre

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Guérin-Boutron, 'La Musique'
La Musique

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, Chocolat Ibled, Paris
La vie Parisienne - Au Théâtre

France - Paris: Theatre de l'Atelier
Théâtre Montmartre, Paris, c. 1901

France - Paris: Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge, Paris

Germany - Frankfurt am Main: Alte Oper
Opernhaus Frankfurt, c. 1900

Germany - Hamburg: Hammonia-Varieté
Hammonia-Varieté, Hamburg, around 1900

Switzerland - Zuerich: Corso-Theater
Corso-Theater, Zürich, around 1900

Austria - Graz: Orpheum (old)
Orpheum, Graz, c. 1901

Spain - Puigcerda: Casino Cereta
Casino Cereta, Puigcerda, c. 1904

Germany - Oybin: Waldtheater
An open-air crowd at Waldtheater Oybin

Netherland - Valkenburg: Openluchttheater
An open-air crowd at Openluchttheater Valkenburg

China - Shanghai: Unidentified Theatre
Shanghai, China

Japan - Nagasaki: Unidentified Theatre
Tea during the performance at a theatre in Nagasaki, Japan

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra, Paris

The Netherlands - Amsterdam: Stadsschouwburg
Martin Monnickendam: Spectators in a box
in the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, 1912

United Kingdom - Southampton: Palace of Varieties Theatre
Palace of Varieties Theatre, Southampton, 2 July 1912

Germany - Braunschweig: Staatstheater
The ducal box at the Court Theatre, Braunschweig, 1913

Germany - Leipzig: Schauspielhaus (old)
Schauspielhaus, Leipzig

Theatregoers: Publisher: Beilage des 'Sect'

Theatregoers
Optimisme. - Mais... le fameux collier de perles
de cette danseuse... c'est du toc!... -
Oh! Vous savez, au théâtre, les bijoux faux,
il n'ya que cela de vrai.

Theatregoers
- Sa voix est délicieuse..., elle a
des notes excessivement élevées...
- Chez le couturier surtout...
(illustration by A. Guillaume)

Theatregoers; Publisher: The Satire Series; No. 46
Gentlemen will find a lot to interest them
by looking down the Ladies Column.

Theatregoers
At the Opera

Theatregoers; Publisher: A.S.V., Serie Voyage de noces, No. 3; sent in 1903

Theatregoers; Publisher: Amag; 60965
Lieben und Leben
Auf der Bühen wie im Leben
Nur ein Suchenund ein Streben
Nach dem schönsten aller Triebe,
Leidenschaft und Menschenliebe.

Theatregoers; Copyright 1908 by S. Keary
The Merry Widow
Friday
Her next number on the programme
Is to hear an opera with one she admires
For a new matrimonial alliance
She already desires.

Theatregoers
A couple in a theatre box, by Bianchi

Theatregoers
Willi Scheuermann: Raffkes im Theater [parvenus at the theatre]

USA - New York: Metropolitan Opera (old)
Gala opening at the old Metropolitan Opera, New York

Italy - Montecastello di Vibio: Teatro della Concordia
Teatro della Concordia, Montecastello di Vibio, 1929


Aleksandr A. Deyneka: Zriteli (Audience), 1929

Germany - Berlin: Scala
Variety at the Scala, Berlin, c. 1932


Yuri I. Pimenov: V teatre (At the Theatre), 1934

Monaco - Monte-Carlo: Opera de Monte-Carlo
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1941


Yelena L. Leonova: Deti v teatre (published in 1955)

Theatregoers; Collectible Card, J. Wix & Sons; 'Henry'

Germany - Essen: Kleinkunstbuehne
Housewives' afternoon at a variety theatre, Essen

Pitlochry: Festival Theatre (old)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Where did you learn that double-tickle Bert?
Where did you learn that double-tickle Bert?

Hyperémotivité... Atarax, advertisement postcard by Union Chimique Belge S. A., Bruxelles, sent in 1956
Hyperémotivité... Atarax
(Belgian advertisement card, sent in 1956)

Russia - Moskva: Bolshoi Teatr
Bolshoi Theatre, Moskva

Poland - Cieszyn: Teatr im. Adama Mickiewicza
Teatr im. Adama Mickiewicza, Cieszyn

Sweden - Drottningholm: Slottsteater
Slottsteater, Drottningholm, Sweden

Netherlands - Groningen: Stadsschouwburg
Stadsschouwburg, Groningen

Germany - Berlin: Waldbühne
Waldbühne, Berlin

Germany - Oberhausen: Luise-Albertz-Halle
Luise-Albertz-Halle, Oberhausen

United Kingdon - London: Tricycle Theatre
"Seasoned First-Nighters and a First-time Theatregoer",
Tricycle Theatre, London

Germany - Berlin: Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Freie Volksbühne, Berlin, 1990

France - Paris: Opera (Palais Garnier)
Opéra (Palais Garnier), Paris, c. 1997

France - Paris: Opera Bastille
Opéra Bastille, Paris, c. 1997

Germany - Weimar: Deutsches Nationaltheater
Deutsches Nationaltheater, Weimar

France - Le Havre: Le Volcan
Le Volcan, Le Havre

Germany - Erfurt: Theater (new)
Theater, Erfurt

France - Paris: Opera Bastille
Opéra Bastille, Paris, ca. 2003

Intermission

France - Paris: Comedie-Francaise
Comédie-Française, Paris, c. 1858

France - Paris: Comedie-Francaise
Comédie-Française, Paris, 1885

France - Paris: Opéra (Palais Garnier)
Patrons meeting ballerinas during an intermission
at the Paris Opéra - a favourite erotic pastime of the late 19th century

Backstage
Pendant l'entracte

United Kingdom - London: London Coliseum
Tea Room at the London Coliseum, c. 1905

Pitlochry: Festival Theatre (new)
Bar at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Ireland - Wexford: Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal patrons during an intermission
of Wexford Festival Opera

Germany - Hannover: Opernhaus
Champagne at Opernhaus Hannover

France - Paris: Opera Bastille
Opéra Bastille, Paris, ca. 2003

Germany - Bayreuth: Festspielhaus
Intermission is over!
(Fanfare at the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth)

Applause!


H. Daumier: Croquis Dramatiques. Un rappel de chanteuse... scène de haute comédie, 1857


B. I. Lebedev: Nikolai Stankevich at a Moscow Theatre
(published in 1981)

Collectible Card, 'Ballet', Chocolat Guérin-Boutron

France - Paris: Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Edgar Degas: Fin d'arabesque, 1877

Germany - Weimar: Deutsches Nationaltheater
A gala performance at the Weimar Court Theatre


Au Théâtre - Bravo, 1904


Thanks for your favour


I wonder if you'll miss me sometimes.


William Laparra: L'Ovation (Salon 1906)


Léon Galand: L'Ovation (Salon de 1913)


Pyotr A. Oborin: Pervyi uspekh [First Success]

USA - Sarasota: Asolo Theatre
Asolo Theatre, Sarasota

Germany - Berlin: Deutsches Theater
Deutsches Theater, Berlin, 1950

Germany - Hamburg: Staatsoper
Staatsoper, Hamburg

Germany - Ludwigshafen: Prinzregenten-Theater
Prinzregenten-Theater, Ludwigshafen

Germany - Berlin: Theater des Westens
Theater des Westens, Berlin, ca. 1995


France, 1997

Ireland - Wexford: National Opera House
National Opera House, Wexford

Brazil - Belem: Theatro da Paz
Theatro da Paz, Belém

Germany - Freiberg (Sachsen): Stadttheater
Stadttheater, Freiberg

At the cloakroom again

Theatregoers (Publisher: M. M. Vienne [Wien], M. Munk; Nr. 578)
À l'Opéra

Theatregoers (Publisher: Braun & Cie., Salons de Paris; 0312)
Albert Guillaume: Vestiaire

Theatregoers (Publisher: Homburg AG, Frankfurt am Main)

Leaving the theatre

France - Paris: Salle du Palais-Royal (1770-1781)
Salle du Palais-Royal, Paris, 1770s

Theatregoers
L. Nepomnyashchy: Chopin leaving the theatre
(from a postcard series published in Moskva, Soviet Union, 1980)

Germany - Duesseldorf: Apollo-Theater
Apollo-Theater, Düsseldorf

Austria - Wien: Burgtheater
Burgtheater, Wien

France - Paris: Olympia
Olympia, Paris

Theatregoers (Publisher: Davidson Bros.; Serie 2511)
Tom Browne: After the play.

France - Paris: Opera
Opéra, Paris

France - Paris: Opera
Opéra, Paris

Austria - Wien: Burgtheater
Burgtheater, Wien

Germany - München: Nationaltheater
Nationaltheater, München

Theatregoers (Publisher: Tuck & Sons, London Life, Series V)
London Life. After the Theatre.

United Kingdom - London: St. James Theatre
St. James' Theatre, London

Germany - München: Nationaltheater
Nationaltheater, München

Switzerland - Basel: Kino Pathe Kuechlin
Küchlin's Varieté-Theater, Basel

Germany - Dortmund: Stadttheater (old)
Stadttheater, Dortmund

Switzerland - Zurich: Opernhaus
Stadttheater (Opernhaus), Zürich

Switzerland - Geneve: Grand Theatre
Grand-Théâtre, Genève

United Kingdom - London: St. James Theatre
St. James' Theatre, London

Germany - Bernburg: Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Theater
Stadttheater, Bernburg

Monaco - Opéra Monte-Carlo
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monaco - Opéra Monte-Carlo
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

After-show hangouts


Nach der Oper im Kaiserhof Berlin


After the Theatre at the Knickerbocker


Nach dem Theater, nach der Abend-Unterhaltung
(advertisement for German wine, 1927)

Getting home


A. Faugeron, Le Métro à la sortie de l'Opéra, 1909


F. Macleod: The last car from the theatre, 1908

Theatre-Land from Metro-Land and back
Theatre-Land from Metro-Land and back.
Late return trains have Pullmans serving supper
(modern repro of a 1930s illustration[?])

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