Saturday, 19 October 2013

Sepia Saturday 199 - vintage postcards of theatres

Having blogged a few times with vintage postcards of actresses and actors, I though that I'd diversify a bit for this week's Sepia Saturday and share some vintage postcards of theatres themselves.

First up with have the Greek Theatre at Bradfield College, Berkshire. More of an amphitheatre than a theatre though I think.

Vintage postcard of the Greek Theatre, Bradfield College
Vintage postcard of the Greek Theatre, Bradfield College

 Next up is the Cliff Theatre in Cliftonville, Kent. I'm not sure which building is actually the theatre, and I can't see any cliffs either. I'm guessing it's within the building named "The Gay Parade".

Vintage postcard of the Cliff Theatre and Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville, Kent
Vintage postcard of the Cliff Theatre and Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville, Kent

Another open air theatre, this time in Devon. A lovely setting but I suspect you  might need to bring your own chair or blanket to this one.
Vintage postcard of the Open Air Theatre. Dartington Hall, Devon
Vintage postcard of the Open Air Theatre. Dartington Hall, Devon

 The next two vintage postcards are both incarnations of the same theatre, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, in Stratford-on-Avon. The first postcard shows the original theatre which was opened in 1879 but destroyed by fire in 1926.

Vintage postcard of the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
Vintage postcard of the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire

The second postcard is of the theatre which was rebuilt there in 1932 and was apparently one of the first buildings to be designed by a woman architect.

Vintage postcard of the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
Vintage postcard of the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire



9 comments:

  1. The new theatre at Stratford-on-Avon is no doubt much bigger and more functional, but i much prefer the look of the old one! In Christchurch NZ they have replaced their cathedral that was destroyed in the earthquake by a cardboard version :-)

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  2. I too like the appearance of the old Stratford-on-Avon theatre better. If you'd like to have a look at a small 100 seat theatre in rural Australia have a look at my other blog on http://lazycoffees.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/emma-and-jane-austen-a-stage-interpretation/

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  3. Oh these are charming postcards of theatres, some are simply beautiful, like the first one, what an amazing place that is.

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  4. Greek theaters & amphitheaters - outdoor theaters - have something about them . . . There's just something about sitting out in the open watching a performance - play or concert - that feels 'whole'. That probably sounds weird, but I don't know how else to describe it. Somehow you feel like you're a part of the whole thing - a feeling you simply do not get watching a performance in an indoor theater.

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  5. The Memorial Theatre - one of my favourites.

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  6. I've always liked the small outdoor amphitheaters like the Greek Theatre at Bradfield College. They are more intimate and allow one to get better connected to the drama.(As long as the weather is nice!) I'm afraid I don't care for either version of Stratford's theatre. Both remind me of railway stations, though from different decades of bad architecture.

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  7. The second Memorial Theatre differs quite a lot from the first one. And I'm sure there must be cliffs somewhere in Kent :-).

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  8. Both I have never seen so interesting to see the vintage looks.

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  9. I really love the first image of the Greek Theater. Would be fascinating to see a performance there.

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