Sights & Sounds


Context

What was it like to see a show in the 19th century? Explore these visuals to gain a sense of 19th century visual culture. Most shows were not contained events-- they were fluid collages of song, dance and spectacle.

/media/Adelphi Theatre, Dublin

Adelphi Theatre, Dublin

/media/Aldridge note, 1853

Aldridge note, 1853

/media/Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

/media/Arundel Castle, 2007

Arundel Castle, 2007

/media/Arundel Castle, 2011

Arundel Castle, 2011

/media/Birmingham playbill, 1848

Birmingham playbill, 1848

/media/Birmingham theatre, 1805

Birmingham theatre, 1805

/media/Castle Spectre playbill, 1822

Castle Spectre playbill, 1822

/media/Coburg Theater, 1822

Coburg Theater, 1822

/media/Coburg Theater, 2013

Coburg Theater, 2013

/media/Coburg Theater, 2013

Coburg Theater, 2013

/media/Covent Garden playbill, 1833

Covent Garden playbill, 1833

/media/Covent Garden, 1808

Covent Garden, 1808

/media/Covent Garden, circa 1809

Covent Garden, circa 1809

/media/Covent Garden, 1809

Covent Garden, 1809

/media/Covent Garden, 1810

Covent Garden, 1810

/media/Covent Garden, 1828

Covent Garden, 1828

/media/Probable Covent Garden interior, 1807

Probable Covent Garden interior, 1807

/media/Drury Lane, 1808

Drury Lane, 1808

/media/Edward Young

Edward Young

/media/Ginger Blue

Ginger Blue

/media/Hamlet, 1878

Hamlet, 1878

/media/Hamlet

Hamlet

/media/Haymarket Theatre, 1847

Haymarket Theatre, 1847

/media/Lyceum Theatre, 2007

Lyceum Theatre, 2007

/media/Macbeth, 1815

Macbeth, 1815

/media/Macbeth, 1822

Macbeth, 1822

/media/Macbeth

Macbeth

/media/New Haymarket Theatre

New Haymarket Theatre

/media/Oroonoko, 1776

Oroonoko, 1776

/media/Oroonoko, 1797

Oroonoko, 1797

/media/Othello, 1830

Othello, 1830

/media/Othello, 1854

Othello, 1854

/media/Othello, circa 1860

Othello, circa 1860

/media/Othello, 1884

Othello, 1884

/media/Othello, 1896

Othello, 1896

/media/Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

/media/Othello

Othello

/media/Ira Aldridge, 1858

Ira Aldridge, 1858

/media/Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

/media/Rolla

Rolla

/media/Rolla

Rolla

/media/Royal Olympic Theatre, 1831

Royal Olympic Theatre, 1831

/media/Shylock, 1814

Shylock, 1814

/media/Shylock, 1855

Shylock, 1855

/media/Standard Theatre, Shoreditch, 1867

Standard Theatre, Shoreditch, 1867

/media/Surrey Theatre, 1828

Surrey Theatre, 1828

/media/The Black Doctor

The Black Doctor

/media/Mungo

Mungo

/media/Mungo

Mungo

/media/Theatre Royal, Bath

Theatre Royal, Bath

/media/Theatre Royal, Derby

Theatre Royal, Derby

/media/Theatre Royal, Edinburg, 1830

Theatre Royal, Edinburg, 1830

/media/Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1807

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1807

/media/Theatre Royal, Liverpool

Theatre Royal, Liverpool

/media/Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 2006

Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 2006

/media/Theatre Royal, Norwich, 1828

Theatre Royal, Norwich, 1828

/media/Theatre Royal, Richmond

Theatre Royal, Richmond

/media/Theatre Royal, Richmond

Theatre Royal, Richmond

/media/Theatre Royal, Richmond

Theatre Royal, Richmond

/media/Theatre Royal, Richmond

Theatre Royal, Richmond

/media/Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

/media/Zanga, 1776

Zanga, 1776

/media/Paul and Virginia

Paul and Virginia

/media/Bertram

Bertram

/media/Rob Roy

Rob Roy

/media/Henry Siddons

Henry Siddons

/media/The Revenge

The Revenge

/media/Chironomia sphere

Chironomia sphere

/media/Chironomia sphere

Chironomia sphere

/media/Systematic positions of the arm

Systematic positions of the arm

/media/Complex significant gestures

Complex significant gestures

/media/Complex significant gestures

Complex significant gestures

/media/Accusation Gesture

Accusation Gesture

/media/Defiance Gesture

Defiance Gesture

/media/Designation Gesture

Designation Gesture

/media/Disdain Gesture

Disdain Gesture

/media/Flight Gesture

Flight Gesture

/media/Hatred Gesture

Hatred Gesture

/media/Remorse Gesture

Remorse Gesture

/media/Repulsion Gesture

Repulsion Gesture

/media/Secrecy Gesture

Secrecy Gesture

/media/Supplication Gesture

Supplication Gesture

/media/Conceit Gesture

Conceit Gesture

/media/Fallen Greatness Gesture

Fallen Greatness Gesture

/media/Foppery Gesture

Foppery Gesture

/media/Reproach Gesture

Reproach Gesture

/media/Sublime Adoration Gesture

Sublime Adoration Gesture

/media/Vulagr Triump Gesture

Vulagr Triump Gesture

/media/Vulgar Astonishmen Gesture

Vulgar Astonishmen Gesture

/media/Adephi Theatre Tickets

Adephi Theatre Tickets

/media/Audience

Audience

/media/Audience

Audience

/media/Audience

Audience

/media/Audience

Audience

/media/Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

/media/Black Eyed

Black Eyed

/media/Ethiopian Playblill

Ethiopian Playblill

/media/Exterior of Theatre Royal, Bath

Exterior of Theatre Royal, Bath

/media/Exterior of Adelphi Theatre

Exterior of Adelphi Theatre

/media/Exterior of Royal Coburg

Exterior of Royal Coburg

/media/Interior of Adelphi Theatre

Interior of Adelphi Theatre

/media/Interior of Adelphi Theatre

Interior of Adelphi Theatre

/media/Interior of Haymarket Theatre

Interior of Haymarket Theatre

/media/Interior of Royal Coburg, 1819

Interior of Royal Coburg, 1819

/media/Interior of Surrey Theatre

Interior of Surrey Theatre

/media/Interior of Theatre Royal, Bath

Interior of Theatre Royal, Bath

/media/Interior of Theatre Royal, Bath

Interior of Theatre Royal, Bath

/media/Negros Curse

Negros Curse

/media/Othello Playbill

Othello Playbill

/media/Ira Aldridge as Othello

Ira Aldridge as Othello

/media/Revolt of Surinam, Aldridge Playbill

Revolt of Surinam, Aldridge Playbill

/media/Surrey Theatre

Surrey Theatre

/media/Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Theatre Royal, Haymarket

/media/Zanga, 1848

Zanga, 1848

Aldridge note, 1853

Aldridge note, 1853

Covent Garden, 1823

Covent Garden, 1823

Drury Lane, 1813

Drury Lane, 1813

Merchant of  Venice

Merchant of Venice

Theatre Royal, Bath, 2007

Theatre Royal, Bath, 2007

The Padlock

The Padlock

The Padlock

The Padlock

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jacob Adler

Jacob Adler

/media/Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

/media/Adelphi Theatre Tickets

Adelphi Theatre Tickets

/media/"Jam At Drury Lane"

"Jam At Drury Lane"

/media/Audience

Audience

/media/"Sketches Before the Curtain"

"Sketches Before the Curtain"

/media/Contending for a Seat

Contending for a Seat

/media/Royal Cobourg Theatre

Royal Cobourg Theatre

/media/Interior Haymarket Theatre

Interior Haymarket Theatre

/media/Adelphi Theatre Audience

Adelphi Theatre Audience

/media/Interior of the Sans Pareil Theatre

Interior of the Sans Pareil Theatre

/media/Othello Playbill

Othello Playbill

/media/Edwin Booth in Julius Ceasar

Edwin Booth in Julius Ceasar

/media/Edwin Booth as Hamlet

Edwin Booth as Hamlet

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jenny Lind in La Sonnambula

Jenny Lind in La Sonnambula

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind

/media/Edwin Booth as Hamlet

Edwin Booth as Hamlet

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Young Edwin Booth

Young Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth as Iago

Edwin Booth as Iago

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Edwin Booth as Hamlet, 1873

Edwin Booth as Hamlet, 1873

/media/Edwin Booth

Edwin Booth

/media/Jacob Adler

Jacob Adler

/media/Jacob Adler

Jacob Adler