Item #CL200-3 Criterion Theatre! “Mixed” Or “The Three Hats”
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Criterion Theatre! “Mixed” Or “The Three Hats”

1896. Two-colour lithograph with letterpress, 64 x 49.5cm. Repaired tears, missing portions, creases and old folds, slight discolouration. Linen-backed.

Text continues “‘I’ve called about a hat.’ Every evening! Troedel & Co. Lith. Syd. & Melb.” Poster depicts the character Bosco Blithers to be performed by actor Ralph Roberts for the play Mixed at the Criterion Theatre in Sydney.

The play was based on a “French farce called Les Trois Chapeaux [The Three Hats] by Alfred Hennequin…first performed in Brussels in 1870 and in Paris in 1871. One of the catch-lines in the play is “I’ve called about a hat”, spoken by the character of Bosco Blithers, a professor of penmanship, calling at the home of George Selwyn seeking his lost hat, which Selwyn had picked up in place of his own, but then lost again when he picked up another hat.” Ref: The Daily Telegraph, 8.2.1896; Theatre Heritage Australia.

Item #CL200-3

Price (AUD): $1,900.00  other currencies

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