10/10/13 Theatre posters

Hi Theatre-goers

Unusually uninspired this week in bringing you something interesting to read… not like me at all as I always have something to share with you.

Anyhoo, a colleague came to my rescue with the idea of writing about “theatre posters”. At first I looked at him a bit strangely and then I got to thinking what, if any, theatre posters draw a future audience in off the street to see the show.

Out of all of them (and believe me there are millions!) only two – yes just two – stayed in my mind by conjuring up images of what the production means to me and where it takes me emotionally.

10/10/13 Theatre posters London Theatre BreaksThe first one that struck me immediately is on the left for Mamma Mia! at the Novello theatre. It’s like an enticing travel advertisement urging you onto this idyllic Greek island to find life, love and laughter. Wouldn’t you just want to open you bedroom window to that view every morning? And having seen the show a few times, the staging definitely makes you dream of holidays in the sun with azure blue waters and sparkling diamond like sand. Plus, an astonishingly good Abba soundtrack gives the audience an uplifting experience which lasts for a very long time afterwards.

10/10/13 Theatre posters London Theatre Breaks


The second is the magnificently moving War Horse poster on the right. Look at that horse’s eye – the terror in it! Can you imagine what these animals had to endure? This poster with the horse and the silhouette of the soldiers walking wearily across France speaks volumes to me, I am completely mesmorised by that eye. I’ve seen the show three times and could watch it again and again without, I suspect, ever getting bored.

Have you got a favourite theatre poster? Tell me about it.

You can read more on the subject of theatre posters here


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Simon Harding has grown up in and around London's Theatreland and has been working here ever since he left school: promoting its shows to anyone who will listen!

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