London, 1894. Very Good. An Avenue Theatre program for Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man and Louis Parker's The Man in the Street for Saturday, April 21st 1894. This was the first production of Shaw's play and one of his first commercial successes. The play is a humorous one that shows the futility of war and deals comedically with the hypocrisies of human nature.The black and white cover design is by Aubrey Beardsley, who was twenty-two at the time. The design was first used for a color lithograph poster advertising the theatre that was described as a "sensation." The program lists the casts and scene location for each production on the two interior pages. The back of the program has a collection of advertisements for various products. The program is slightly soiled and has a vertical crease where folded. There are two punched holes on the inner margin, otherwise in very good condition for such an ephemeral item. [Samuels Lasner 62d]. EPHEM/071516.
(Inventory #: 29699)
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