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Annie

Annie

Made: 2005

Record Number: HFC:2019:21

A signed show poster from a tour of the musical Annie. On stage at Hall For Cornwall between 14th - 19th November 2005.

Object Dimensions: 42 X 30

Object Type: digital image

Method - item made in-house Date - 2005

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Before I moved down to Cornwall in 1964, I lived in Honor Oak in London. From the road I lived on, which was on a main bus route, we could see Big Ben - we were right in the heart of things – you could get anything you liked any time you liked. After I left school, I worked at Westminster for a while and then at Worth’s Fashion House. When my husband got a job teaching science at Truro School, we moved to Penelewey, which was - at the time - just a handful of houses, even fewer than there are now. Where we’d have busses running all day in Honor Oak, there was one bus a day now and I thought ‘what one earth have I come to?’ My husband died thirty years ago now and it was after he died that I heard about this place called Hall for Cornwall. It was a new thing for me. It was close and it was affordable. I discovered something there that grabbed me by the heart. One year I went to see something there every week – marine bands, plays, opera, comedy, dancing – anything they had on. The man on the security desk said to me he was thinking about calling Securicor for me, I’d bought that many tickets, and they told me by the end of the year, they thought I’d pretty much bought Row F! I remember seeing one comedy group which was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I laughed so hard it was painful and the man sitting next to me couldn’t stay in his chair he was laughing so much. I remember thinking I need a break from this. It’s strange, I’ve forgotten what they were called now, but I’ll never forget laughing that hard, not ever. It was a change from life, seeing something so different. I was able to feel I was supporting people who were doing creative things while I was doing it. A special place it is, right in the heart of things.

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Memories of 'Bits & Pieces'

I always liked singing when I was young. I used to sing in school at playtime and we had little shows outside the back of our house, by the garage, put a dress on and act and stuff – it was our own entertainment. I used to love tap dancing, but you had to pay for the lessons and we could never have afforded them. We just didn’t have the money for it and those things were out of reach for us. I wanted to be in a dramatic show, but I always felt they were too posh for me, so I never even tried for one. There was one show – Bits and Pieces it was called - there was a comedian and singers, dancing, different things on. There was a woman who was supposed to sing, but she was taken ill and they said, well could you do it, Joan? I said, I don’t know but I’ll give it a go. I remember having a photograph taken of me in a lovely dress – it was green, a satin dress. I was a poor singer though. In the end I sang ‘Blue Moon’ first and then I sang that old Irish song ‘I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen’. I’d never been on the stage before and they threw me right in at the deep end. I couldn’t run fast enough. I stuck it out though. Oh, I will take you back, Kathleen To where your heart will feel no pain And when the fields are fresh and green I'll take you to your home again!

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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 1: Debbie McCrory

The first podcast in a micro-series, commissioned by Hall For Cornwall with journalist Karen Pirie. In the first episode, hear from BBC Radio Cornwall DJ and former Front Of House Manager Debbie McCrory. Listen to her tales of scandal, intrigue and backstage gossip with a whole host of stars who have graced Hall For Cornwall's stage over the years. Series recorded pre-Covid.

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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 2: Ed Rowe, Simon Harvey & Richard Healey

The second podcast in a micro-series, commissioned by Hall For Cornwall with journalist Karen Pirie. In the second episode, hear from an impressive trio who frequently work together at Hall For Cornwall. Actor Ed Rowe, Director Simon Harvey and musical director Richard Healey. Hear their discussion of their hopes for the future of the theatre, what they enjoy about working together and what Cornwall can offer by way of support for the creative industries. Series recorded pre-Covid.

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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 3: Julien Boast & Sue Ferguson

The third podcast in a micro-series, commissioned by Hall For Cornwall with journalist Karen Pirie. In the third episode, Karen interviews Hall For Cornwall CEO Julien Boast and theatre advocate and loyal friend of the theatre, Sue Ferguson. Hear their thoughts on the transformation of the hall and exciting plans for the future. Series recorded pre-Covid.

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Dick Whittington & His Cat poster

The poster is good example of theatre and design trends of the time. Full-colour and eyecatching with a focus on bold type of varying sizes, the poster was set and printed by G & Organ. G & M Organ were a highly prolific organisation specialising in wooden typographic design based in Bristol and known their work in producing theatre posters for theatres across the United Kingdom.

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Jack & The Beanstalk poster

The poster is good example of theatre and design trends of the time. Full-colour and eyecatching with a focus on bold type of varying sizes, the poster was set and printed by G & Organ. G & M Organ were a highly prolific organisation specialising in wooden typographic design based in Bristol and known their work in producing theatre posters for theatres across the United Kingdom.

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Summer Show handbill, City Hall

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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A collection of handbills

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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A handbill advertising Babes In The Wood pantomime performance at the 'Regent Truro'

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Robert Moreton at City Hall

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall from 1926 and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Close up of Regent Theatre handbills

A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall from 1926 and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.

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Babes In The Wood handbill

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Badge, 10 Years of Hall For Cornwall

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Ticket, Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian folk pop band. Also performing on stage in 2014 were acts including Ruby Wax, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Suzanne Vega and The Gruffalo.

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Paint Your Wagon

Paint Your Wagon centres on the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th Century. Joining the many crews of minors, each hoping to strike gold, the plot focuses on the lives of a small group of colourful individuals on their journey to success and possible fortune.

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TAODS Ensemble I

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TAODS Ensemble II

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TAODS Ensemble III

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TAODS Ensemble IV

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Stage Set at City Hall

City Hall and Hall For Cornwall are a receiving house. This means that they programme in touring shows and acts who largely bring their own stage sets, props and costumes, leaving lighting, sound and projections to be provided by the hall's equipment.

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The Hall by Callum Mitchell

Commissioned as part of Hall For Cornwall's Transformation, Callum Mitchell's lyrical poetry and turn of phrase weaves an impactful portrayal of the arts in Cornwall and the role that the theatre has to elevate, support and create alongside this regional talent.

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Without You, There Is No Us, Callum Mitchell

Commissioned during the Covid-pandemic of 2020, Hall For Cornwall Associate Artist, poet Callum Mitchell prepared a dialogue and accompanying animation detailing the importance of interconnectedness for creativity and sustainability within heritage projects. He asks specifically for people to donate their memories of Hall For Cornwall to the Revealing City Hall project.

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Windy Pig

Windy the squeaky pig puppet is a prop created especially for the 2016 pantomime run of Jack & The Beanstalk, produced by Hall For Cornwall. He comes complete with his own bed and wicker basked for transportation!

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Windy Detail

Windy the squeaky pig puppet is a prop created especially for the 2016 pantomime run of Jack & The Beanstalk, produced by Hall For Cornwall. He comes complete with his own bed and wicker basked for transportation!

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The opening of Hall For Cornwall

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time Programme

An example of a souvenir programme produced to sell to audience members during the four day run of The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night-Time as part of a National Theatre tour of the UK.

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Jeeves & Wooster Programme

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The Woman in Black Programme

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The Sensational Hypnotist

One of the earliest handbills from a documented performance at City Hall, this partly destroyed poster from 1955 details a run of performances spread across six days from John Brendan the 'sensational' hypnotist.

This handbill sat in a loft for many years inside the owner's attic. Evidence to suggest that it met its partial demise courtesy of a small rodent is clear in the bottom right hand corner of the handbill! This destruction obscures a section of type, as well as information regarding which company printed the handbill.

 

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Carrington V.C

City Hall played host to regular plays, operas and musicals produced by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. This 1962 play was produced by John Knight with musical arrangement by Samuel French Ltd. Carrington V.C was written by playwrights Campbell and Dorothy Christie and premiered in the West End in 1953, with the subsequent film adaptation produced in 1954. The poster was printed at Solomon & Metz printers in Truro, who were regularly employed to print posters and handbills for productions at City Hall. More elaborate posters for productions with bigger budgets tended to use printers in Plymouth and Bristol efficient in printing colour imagery on larger presses.

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Fools Rush In

A poster printed by Solomon & Metz of Truro, advertising a five night run of the comedy Fools Rush In at City Hall. Fools Rush In was a popular British play first performed in 1946 in London's West End. It tells the story of a bride's cold feet in the run up to her impending nuptials.

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Souvenir programme cover for Ruddigore at City Hall

A Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, Ruddigore, or "The Witch's Curse", is set in the fishing village of Rederring in Cornwall and tells the story of the cursed Baronet brothers who must commit a crime every day to avoid a painful death. The comic opera ran for 288 performances at the Savoy Theatre in 1887 before eventually being revived in 1920 to critical acclaim. Although initially regarded as a failure by critics, the opera soon proved to be a success after running for 8 consecutive months and amassing a total of £7,000. Directed by Mr. Gordon Hall, the opera was performed at City Hall by the T.A.O.D.S between the 19th and 23rd of January 1926.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Rebel Maid at the County Theatre Truro

The Rebel Maid was performed at the County Theatre Truro by the T.A.O.D.S between the 12th and 16th of March 1929. Produced with great success in London in 1921, it tells the story of Lady Mary, "The Rebel Maid", who's secretly engaged in obtaining the support of local fishermen to overthrow King James II. The opera was directed and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hall whilst Mr. Ellery and Mr. Farley managed the stage and scenery. An illustration of the title character is displayed on the cover. There is also more information inside the programme including advertisements, details of future performances and cast listings.

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Programme cover for Utopia Ltd at County Theatre Truro

Utopia Ltd, or "The Flowers of Progress", is a Gilbert and Sullivan opera centred around Princess Zara, the eldest daughter of King Paramount of Utopia, after she has been sent to England in the hope that her training there will contribute to her fathers master plan. The opera was performed by the T.A.O.D.S at the County Theatre Truro between the 1st and 5th of February 1927. This performance was directed by Mr. Gordon Hall who was the director of music for a number of T.A.O.D.S performances at the theatre in this period.

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A scene from Vagabond King 1966 (1)

The T.A.O.D.S produced a prolific amount of muscials, operas and stage shows at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. Their 1966 performance of the Vagabond King operetta was produced by Mavis Ward, who produced more than sixteen of T.A.O.D.S productions, and G. Trehane Collins as musical director.

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A scene from Vagabond King 1966 (2)

The TAODS produced a prolific amount of muscials, operas and stage shows at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. Their 1966 performance of the Vagabond King operetta was produced by Mavis Ward, who produced more than sixteen of TAODS productions, and G. Trehane Collins as musical director.

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Calamity Jane 1975

The T.A.O.D.S production of Calamity Jane was staged at City Hall Truro between the 10th and the 15th of November 1975. It was produced and choreographed by Debbie Underwood and featured Harry Jordan as musical director and Elizabeth Willis as ballet mistress.

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A scene from Calamity Jane 1975

The T.A.O.D.S production of Calamity Jane was staged at City Hall Truro between the 10th and the 15th of November 1975. It was produced and choreographed by Debbie Underwood and featured Harry Jordan as musical director and Elizabeth Willis as ballet mistress.

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Backstage at Guys & Dolls, 1967 (1)

Guys & Dolls was one of many musicals performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from the 1967 performance depicts the 'Dolls' preparing for their performance back stage.

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Backstage at Guys & Dolls, 1967 (2)

Guys & Dolls was one of many musicals performed by the T.A.O.D.S at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from the 1967 performance depicts the 'Guys' preparing for their performance backstage at the hall.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls, 1967 (1)

Guys & Dolls was one of many musicals performed by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph depicts the characters Sky and Sarah performing on stage. The background depicts some of the painted prop pieces which would have been brought in for performances from studios and theatrical warehouses further upcountry. 

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A scene from Guys & Dolls, 1967 (2)

Guys & Dolls was one of many musicals performed by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramtic Society at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph depicts the 'Dolls' performing on stage.

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Call Me Madam at City Hall Truro

Call Me Madam was performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro in 1972. This souvenir programme features an illustration of the lead character Mrs. Sally Adams and the distinctive logo of the three spires of Truro Cathedral. The American flag on the cover is reference to the fact that the musical is set in 1950s America and satires its political landscape and foreign policy affairs. The programme also celebrates the diamond jubilee of TAODS who formed in 1912.

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A scene from Call Me Madam 1972 (1)

One of the greatest musicals of all time', Call Me Madam follows the escapades of Mrs. Sally Adams, 'the hostess with the mostess', when she is appointed US Ambassador to the small duchy of Lichtenburg. This photograph is from the TAODS production of the muscial at City Hall Truro which coincided with their diamond jubilee anniversary.

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A scene from Call Me Madam 1972 (2)

One of the greatest musicals of all time', Call Me Madam follows the escapades of Mrs. Sally Adams, 'the hostess with the mostess', when she is appointed US Ambassador to the small duchy of Lichtenburg. This photograph is from the TAODS production of the muscial at City Hall Truro which coincided with their diamond jubilee anniversary.

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A scene from Call Me Madam 1972 (3)

One of the greatest musicals of all time', Call Me Madam follows the escapades of Mrs. Sally Adams, 'the hostess with the mostess', when she is appointed US Ambassador to the small duchy of Lichtenburg. This photograph is from the TAODS production of the muscial at City Hall Truro which coincided with their diamond jubilee anniversary.

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A scene from My Fair Lady 1973 (1)

A musical based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms from Henry Higgins' efforts to transform Eliza Doolittle into a member of upper society. The musical was performed by T.A.O.D.S at City Hall Truro in 1973. This photograph showcases the extravagant costume and set designs that featured in T.A.O.D.S productions.

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A scene My Fair Lady 1973 (2)

A musical based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms from Henry Higgins' efforts to transform Eliza Doolittle into a member of upper society. The musical was performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro in 1973. This photograph showcases the extravagant costume and set designs that featured in T.A.O.D.S productions.

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Calamity Jane Poster

The T.A.O.D.S performance of Calamity Jane ran between the 10th and the 15th of November, 1975. It was produced and choreographed by Debbie Underwood and featured Harry Jordan as musical director and Elizabeth Willis as ballet mistress. The poster showcases the theatre and design trends of the 1970s, featuring striking coloured text to convey the title of the musical, the venue and prices which appear in contrast with the bolder black capitalised text that's used to advertise the society and performance dates.

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A scene from Robert and Elizabeth 1971 (1)

An operetta-style musical, Robert and Elizabeth tells of the love story between the poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. It was originally produced in London in 1964 to acclaimed success with several professional and amateur revivals following in its wake. One such amateur revival was produced by the TAODS in 1971 at City Hall Truro. This photograph showcases the extravagent costumes which featured in TAODS productions.

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A scene from Robert and Elizabeth 1971 (2)

An operetta-style musical, Robert and Elizabeth tells of the love story between the poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. It was originally produced in London in 1964 to acclaimed success with several professional and amateur revivals following in its wake. One such amateur revival was produced by the TAODS in 1971 at City Hall Truro. The actor who played Elizabeth Barrett is depicted in a wheelchar as Barrett suffered from a multitude of illnesses throughout her life .

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Robert and Elizabeth ensemble (1)

An operetta-style musical, Robert and Elizabeth tells the love story of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. It was originally produced in London in 1964 to acclaimed success with several professional and amateur revivals following in its wake. One such amateur revival was produced by TAODS in 1971 at City Hall Truro. This backstage photograph features the male ensemble cast in their period costumes.

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Robert and Elizabeth ensemble (2)

An operetta-style musical, Robert and Elizabeth tells the love story of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. It was originally produced in London in 1964 to acclaimed success with several professional and amateur revivals following in its wake. One such amateur revival was produced by the TAODS in 1971 at City Hall Truro. This backstage photograph features the female ensemble cast in their period costumes.

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The Lisbon Story poster

The TAODS performance of The Lisbon Story ran from the 14th of November at the Regent Theatre Truro in 1949. It was produced and choreographed by Mavis Ward who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. Both Mavis and Gordon were prolific in the shows they produced and directed for the TAODS. This specific performance was the first West Country premiere of the musical. Printed by David R. Poland of Truro, the poster is an interesting example of post-war theatre and design trends. It's bold text, eye catching colour and type of varying sizes is accompanied by a cast list and prices of tickets for prospective audiences to survey and was typical of the time. This theatrical poster was typeset and printed by David Poland Printing Services in Truro.

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Bless the Bride, 1983

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. The musical was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro in November 1983. This programme cover features an illustration of a married couple with an accompanying decorative border and bold modern text.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (1)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production at City Hall in November 1983.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (2)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor. She is then led to believe by his friend who dislikes the English that he has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in November 1983.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (3)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production at City Hall in November 1983.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (1)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph depicts a scene from their 1987 performance.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (2)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from their 1987 performance depicts the final wedding scene.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (3)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from their 1987 performance depicts the final wedding scene.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (1)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (2)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (3)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODSperformances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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Kismet ensemble

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several T.A.O.D.S performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts part of the 1988 cast of Kismet sat on the stairs in the backstage area of City Hall.

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Kismet, 1988

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts part of the 1988 cast of Kismet having tea in the annexe of City Hall.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (3)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. t premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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Kiss Me, Kate ensemble (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948, running for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This is a backstage photograph of the male members of the cast from the TAODS production of Kiss Me, Kate at City Hall in 1988.

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Kiss Me, Kate ensemble (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948, running for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This is a backstage photograph of the female members of the cast from the T.A.O.D.S production of Kiss Me, Kate in the dancers room at City Hall in 1988.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (1)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The TAODS staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (2)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (3)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The TAODS staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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Afternoon tea in the City Hall annexe (1)

Many different functions were staged in the annexe of City Hall. This photograph captures the afternoon tea which was held for the TAODS during their production of Music Man at City Hall in 1985.

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Afternoon tea in the City Hall annexe (2)

Many different functions were staged in the annexe of City Hall. This photograph captures the afternoon tea which was held for the TAODS during their production of Music Man at City Hall in 1985.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (1)

One of the many musicals performed by the T.A.O.D.S at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 T.A.O.D.S production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in T.A.O.D.S productions.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (2)

One of the many musicals performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 TAODS production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in TAODS productions.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (3)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 TAODS production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in TAODS productions.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (1)

One of the many musicals performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a backstage photograph of the ensemble from the 1986 T.A.O.D.S production of My Fair Lady.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (2)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a photograph of the ensemble from the 1986 TAODS production of My Fair Lady. The cast are sat on the backstage stairs of City Hall.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (3)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a photograph of the female ensemble from the 1986 TAODS production of My Fair Lady in the dressing room at City Hall.

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Programme cover for 42nd Street at City Hall Truro

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. The programme cover for the 1995 TAODS production of the musical features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of the society along with bold and striking text to convey the name, place and time of performance.

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A scene from 42nd Street, 1995 (1)

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. TAODS performance of 42nd Street ran between the 6th and 11th of November at City Hall Truro in 1995 and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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A scene from 42nd Street, 1995 (2)

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. The TAODS performance of 42nd Street ran between the 6th and 11th of November at City Hall Truro in 1995 and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (1)

This photograph captures the entire Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society during the production of 42nd Street at City Hall Truro in 1995. The production ran between the 6th and 11th of November and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (2)

This photograph captures the entire cast from the Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society production of 42nd Street at City Hall Truro in 1995. The production ran between the 6th and 11th of November and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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A scene from Anything Goes, 1998

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The TAODS staged their own production of the musical at Hall for Cornwall in 1998.

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Anything Goes, 1998

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and staged their own production of Anything Goes.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society band

This image is a photograph of the band who performed in the TAODS production of Anything Goes at Hall for Cornwall in 1998.

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Backstage at City Hall

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and staged their own production of Anything Goes. This is a backstage photograph of some of the male cast in the men's dressing room.

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Poster advertising Camelot at City Hall

Camelot was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. It was co-directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. In contrast to earlier advertisements for TAODS productions, this poster contains less detailed text in favour of a larger title and illustration. The T.A.O.D.S iconic logo inspired by the spires of Truro Cathedral also features.

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A scene from Camelot, 1993 (1)

Based on the King Arthur legend, Camelot was adapted for stage in musical form by Alan Jay Lerner in 1960. The TAODS performance of Camelot ran at the City Hall between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. This photograph is a scene from the show which showcases the large cast of actors who were involved in TAODS productions.

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A scene from Camelot, 1993 (2)

Based on the King Arthur legend, Camelot was adapted for stage in musical form by Alan Jay Lerner in 1960. The TAODS performance of Camelot ran at the City Hall between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. This photograph is a scene from the production.

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A scene from Fiddler on the Roof, 1991

Set in the Pale Settlement of Russia at the turn of the century, Fiddler on the Roof centers on the efforts of a milkman to protect his family's Jewish traditions from the pressures of outside influences. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and subsequently broke many records for being the first musical theatre show to surpass 3,000 performances. The success of the show made it a popular choice for amateur productions, with the TAODS staging the musical numerous times throughout their history. This photograph is a scene from their 1991 production of the show at City Hall.

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A scene from Funny Girl, 1999

Opening on Broadway in 1964, Funny Girl's semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and centres on her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. The play is set in New York City during the First World War and follows Fanny as she reflects on her life as she awaits her husbands return from prison. This image is a photograph from the TAODS performance of Funny Girl at City Hall in 1991.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1998 (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the TAODS at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1998 (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the TAODS at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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Kiss Me, Kate, 1998

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the T.A.O.D.S at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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Poster advertising Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall

Advertising a performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall, this poster is an interesting example of the changes in design trends throughout the history of TAODS performances. Illustrations, eye catching colour and modern fonts contrast with earlier production posters which had simpler designs.

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A scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1994 (1)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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A scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1994 (2)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers cast (1)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers cast (2)

The T.A.O.D.S performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of T.A.O.D.S productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Poster advertising Showboat at City Hall

Advertising the TAODS performance of Showboat at City Hall in November 1992, this poster is an interesting example of the progression in theatre design that had resulted in sophisticated and modern advertisements by the end of the century.

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A scene from Showboat, 1992

First produced in 1927, the Showboat musical follows the lives and loves of the workers aboard the Cotton Blossom travelling showboat. The TAODS performance of the musical ran at City Hall Truro between the 2nd and 7th of November 1992, although it had been produced by the society for decades. Joan and John Boreham produced this particular performance, with Joan also directing the choreography.

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A scene from The Sound of Music, 1990

The Sound of Music first opened on Broadway in 1959 and won 5 Tony awards including best musical. By 1961 it had reached British theatres and first opened at the Palace Theatre, London. This photograph is from the 1990 T.A.O.D.S production of The Sound of Music at City Hall in 1990.

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Costume making

This is a photograph of costumes being sewn for a Truro Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society production of The Sound of Music. Although costumes sometimes came with the set designs during this period, a lot of the outfits that were used for TAODS performances were made by the family and friends of society members.

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West Side Story, 1992

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim and is set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This black and white photograph features some of the cast of the T.A.O.D.S production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from West Side Story, 1992 (1)

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This photograph captures a scene from the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from West Side Story, 1992 (2)

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This photograph captures a scene from the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from Blondel, 2000

Written by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, Blondel is a rock opera musical set in the period of the Third Crusade. It tells the story of the medieval entertainer Blondel who travels across Europe to stop Prince John from taking King Richards throne, although Blondel himself is being pursued by an assassin. Blondel opened in London in 1983 and played across two West End theatres. Although eventually closing less than two years after opening, community amateur dramatic society's still produced their own performances of the musical at local theatres across the country for decades after. This photograph was taken at the TAODS performance of Blondel at Hall for Cornwall in 2000.

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Blondel, 2000

Written by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, Blondel is a rock opera musical set in the period of the Third Crusade. It tells the story of the medieval entertainer Blondel who travels across Europe to stop Prince John from taking King Richards throne, although Blondel himself is being pursued by an assassin. Blondel opened in London in 1983 and played across two West End theatres. Although eventually closing less than two years after opening, community amateur dramatic society's still produced their own performances of the musical at local theatres across the country for decades after. This photograph was taken at the TAODS performance of Blondel at Hall for Cornwall in 2000.

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A scene from Hot Mikado, 2009

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (1)

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (2)

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (1)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the men's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the cast of pirates who acted in the show.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (2)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the women's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the female ensemble who participated in the show.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (3)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the men's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the cast of police who acted in the show.

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A scene from the Witches of Eastwick, 2007

First produced in London's West End in 2000, the Witches of Eastwick is a musical based on John Updike's 1984 novel of the same name. The story centres around the 3 female protagonists, the 'Witches', and the events that take place in the aftermath of the miraculous arrival of the man of their dreams. The T.A.O.D.S production of the musical was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2007.

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Backstage at the Witches of Eastwick , 2007

First produced in London's West End in 2000, the Witches of Eastwick is a musical based on John Updike's 1984 novel of the same name. The story centres around the 3 female protagonists, the 'Witches', and the events that take place in the aftermath of the miraculous arrival of the man of their dreams. The TAODS production of the musical was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2007. This backstage photograph is taken in the dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and captures part of the cast who took part in the production.

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Afternoon tea in the Mayors parlour, c. 2007

This is a photograph of afternoon tea being held in the Mayors parlour at Hall for Cornwall during the 2007 productions of the Witches of Eastwick. The Boscawen Street side of City Hall not only houses the Mayors parlour but is also home to Truro City Council and Cornwall’s Coroners Court.

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A scene from Beauty and the Beast, 2012 (1)

Adapted from the 1991 Walt Disney film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast musical follows the unfolding love story between Belle and a cold blooded prince who has been transformed into an ugly beast as punishment for his selfishness. The musical first opened in 1994 and ran until 2007, becoming Broadway's 10th longest running production in history. The TAODS staged their own production of Beauty and the Beast in 2012 at Hall for Cornwall. This photograph of a scene from the performance captures the production's extremely detailed set and costume designs.

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A scene from Beauty and the Beast, 2012 (2)

Adapted from the 1991 Walt Disney film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast musical follows the unfolding love story between Belle and a cold blooded prince who has been transformed into an ugly beast as punishment for his selfishness. The musical first opened in 1994 and ran until 2007, becoming Broadway's 10th longest running production in history. The TAODS staged their own production of Beauty and the Beast in 2012 at Hall for Cornwall. This photograph of a scene from the performance captures the production's extremely detailed set and costume designs.

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Souvenir programme cover for Jolly Roger at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1937.

First performed in 1933, the Jolly Roger musical is set in Jamaica in 1690 and follows the events that follow in the aftermath of Jolly Roger's arrest after being accused of piracy. The T.A.O.D.S staged a production of the musical at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 26th and 30th of October 1937. The show was produced by Arthur R. Hendy, who was accompanied by Bertram Lightbown as musical director.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Count of Como at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1933

A comic opera in two acts, The Count of Como is set in the fictional 'Oblivia' and follows the events that unfold in the aftermath of the betrothal of the Grand Duke Otto's daughter with the 'rich but ridiculous' Crown Prince. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 21st and 25th of February, 1933. It was produced under the sole direction of Elsie A. Hall who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. The scenery was 'specially painted' by E. I. Ellery of Truro, who had extensively photographed a large number of the local aristocracy in the first two decades of the 1900s. Mr. Ellery was also the scenic artist and stage manager for the society and had painted the scenery for its productions since its formation. The dresses and wigs for the production were made by B. J. Simmons & Co., London who were best known for their historical costume designs. Daintily decorated, the programme is in keeping with the art-deco design trends of the era.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Gondoliers at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1936

The Gondoliers is the twelfth collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan and is set in the fictional kingdom of Barataria. The comic opera follows the events which unfold when the young bride of the heir to the throne arrives in Venice. Premiering at the Savoy Theatre in 1889, it successively ran for 554 performances which, at that time, made it the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 11th and 15th of February, 1936. It was produced by Miss. Vera Ware who was accompanied by Mr. Bertram Lightbown as director of music.

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Mr. E. I. Ellery

Pictured in this programme page is Mr E. I. Ellery who had extensively photographed a large number of the local aristocracy in the first two decades of the 1900s. Mr. Ellery was also the scenic artist and stage manager for the society and had painted the scenery for its productions since its formation. Also pictured is a photograph from a previous TAODS production of The Mikado.

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Programme cover for Trial by Jury and The Pirates of Penzance at The County Theatre Truro, 1931

Both comic operas by Gilbert and Sullivan, the TAODS production of Trial By Jury and The Pirates of Penzance ran at The County Theatre Truro between the 3rd and 7th of February 1931. Included in the programme is the statement that 'to write a synopsis of this essentially Gilbertian Dramatic Cantata is almost a sacriledge: The words and the humour are so rich...'

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A scene from The Busy Body, 1967

One of Susanna Centlivre's greatest successes, The Busy Body was written in 1709 and centres on two intertwining love plots. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the play in 1967 at City Hall Truro. This photograph was taken during one of their performances of the show.

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Programme cover for Doctor at Sea at City Hall Truro, 1965

Written by Ted Willis, Doctor at Sea is a farsical comedy in three acts. It was performed at City Hall Truro by the TAODS between the 10th and 13th of March, 1965 and was directed by John Knight. The cover features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of TAODS against a colourful background and bold border.

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A scene from Doctor at Sea, 1965

Written by Ted Willis, Doctor at Sea is a farsical comedy in three acts. It was performed at City Hall Truro by the TAODS between the 10th and 13th of March, 1965 and was directed by John Knight. This photograph was taken during a performance of the play.

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Vera Ware

Vera Ware was the Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society's ballet mistress who not only choreographed performances but also, on occassion, produced them too. Vera had also owned her own dance school at number 3 River Street during the 1930s, where she taught 'all branches of dancing.'

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A scene from Goodnight Mrs. Puffin, 1966

Written by Arthur Lovegrove, the play follows the story of the Fordyces family and the events that unravel after Mrs. Puffin, a complete stranger, walks into their lives with predictions of the future. This image is a photograph that was taken of the TAODS production of they play at City Hall in March 1966.

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Ticket stub for Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

Written by Arthur Lovegrove, the play follows the story of the Fordyces family and the events that unravel after Mrs. Puffin, a complete stranger, walks into their lives with predictions of the future.

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Old posters from past productions at the Regent Theatre (1)

Several old posters of past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-97. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, they were unfortunately not able to be preserved. This poster was created by G & M Organ Theatrical Printers who regularly created theatre posters for City Hall in the 1950s - 1960s. Alan Kitching, the typographer and graphic artist who has created our Performance Timeline bought the entirety of the Wrington Press when G & M Organ closed their business in the mid-1990s. This poster is a good example of the hierachy of type used to denote headline acts as well as less well known support acts.

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Old posters from past productions at the Regent Theatre (2)

Several old posters of past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-97. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, they were unfortunately not able to be preserved. These posters are a good example of changing fashions with regards to typography and design. Visible on the right hand side is a pasted up image used to advertise Babes in the Wood, a classic pantomime popular in the early- mid 20th Century. These images would be ordered from brochures produced annually by theatrical printers like G & M Organ. Theatres would receive the image and then set type around it for the specific dates of their performance.

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Anything Goes, 1998 (1)

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London and in the process tells of the love story of a stowaway and an heiress. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and produced their own performance of Anything Goes. This image is a photograph of the backstage crew who participated in this production. The crew are all pictured wearing jumpers with the TAODS logo.

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Anything Goes, 1998 (2)

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London and in the process tells of the love story of a stowaway and an heiress. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and produced their own performance of Anything Goes. This image is a photograph of the TAODS company who took part in this production. The company are all pictured wearing jumpers with the TAODS logo.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2004

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2005

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2006

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year in December at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 1985

TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from The King and I, 2006

Following their acclaimed 2006 production of Oklahoma!, Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society staged Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King & I at Hall for Cornwall between the 26th and the 30th of September. The production was professionally directed by Ray Jeffrey.

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The Cast of The King and I, 2006

Following their acclaimed 2006 production of Oklahoma!, Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society staged Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King & I at Hall for Cornwall between the 26th and the 30th of September. The production was professionally directed by Ray Jeffrey.

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A scene from Oliver, 2002

TAODS staged their own production of the Dickens classic 'Oliver' at Hall for Cornwall in 2002. The cast for the production featured a large number of child actors as featured in this photograph.

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The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers is a 1987 best selling novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Set in Cornwall and London between the Second World War and present day, it tells the story of Penelope Keeling who examines her past and her relationships with her adult children. The play was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 8th and 13th of March, 2004.

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Programme cover for Hall for Cornwall's 5th birthday celebrations

Hall for Cornwall celebrated it's 5th birthday in November 2002 after the extensive refurbishment of City Hall reached an end in 1997. This is the programme cover that was produced for the celebrations which marked HfC's 5th anniversary.

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Programme cover for Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, 2002

The Cinderella pantomine has been regularly staged at Hall for Cornwall throughout the theatre's history. With the main characters of Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters, Widow Twanky and Buttons, the pantomine follows the misfortunes of Cinderella until good finally trumps evil and she marries her Prince Charming. The pantomine was again staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2002 and ran between the 13th of December and the 12th of January.

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Programme cover for Wizard of Oz at Hall for Cornwall, 2003

The Wizard of Oz stage shows are based on the 1900 novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum. Although usually produced as a musical, The Wizard of Oz was staged as a pantomine at Hall for Cornwall between the 12th of December 2003 and the 11th of January 2004.

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Programme cover for Peter Pan at Hall for Cornwall, 2004

Peter Pan was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 11th of December 2004 and the 9th of January 2005 in association with The Hiss and Boo Company Ltd. The design of the programme cover features a hand drawn image of Captain Hook and his ship.

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Programme cover for The Shell Seekers at Hall for Cornwall, 2004

The Shell Seekers is a 1987 best selling novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Set in Cornwall and London between the Second World War and present day, it tells the story of Penelope Keeling who examines both her past and her relationships with her adult children. The play was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 8th and 13th of March, 2004.

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Snow White education activity pack

The Snow White pantomine was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 10th of December 2005 and the 8th of January 2006. An education activity pack was created by the Hall's education officer for children to engage with the performance.

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Programme cover for Dick Whittington at Hall for Cornwall, 2006

The Dick Whittington pantomine ran at Hall for Cornwall between the 9th of December and the 7th of January 2006/07 in association with The Hiss and Boo Company Ltd. The production featured BBC Radio Cornwall's Mid Morning presenter David White as the baddie King Rat, with Jeffrey Holland directing the production and also playing Sarah the Cook. The pantomine was choreographed by Tracey Tickle with Frank Kershaw in charge of costumes.

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Programme cover for Aladdin at Hall for Cornwall, 2007

The modern pantomine took form with Henry James Byron's Aladdin, or the 'Wonderful Scamp', in 1861. Since then, Aladdin has become a regular feature at theatre's across the U.K. during the Christmas pantomine season. Aladdin was staged at Hall for Cornwall in association with the Hiss & Boo Company Ltd between the 12th of December and the 6th of January 2007/08. The production featured the former Generation Game host Isla St Clair as the Genie and BBC Radio Cornwall’s David White returned to the HfC stage as the Emperor. The cast also featured Cornish actors Mark Buffery and Andrew Beavis, who played Aladdin.

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Programme cover for the 10th birthday gala concert at Hall for Cornwall, 2007

On the 15th of November 2007, Hall for Cornwall celebrated it's 10th birthday with a year of celebration including a specially commissioned work, a very successful Open Day in August and a Gala Concert in November which was attended by Prince Edward.

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Programme cover for Avenue Q at Hall for Cornwall, 2011

Avenue Q is a musical comedy that features both puppets and human actors. The unconcealed puppeteers, costumed human actors and puppets all visibly interact on stage; a format which parodies Sesame Street. The production was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 22nd and 26th of February during its 2011 U.K. tour.

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Souvenir programme cover for Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, 2013/14

The Cinderella pantomine has been regularly staged at Hall for Cornwall throughout the theatre's history. With the main characters of Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters, Widow Twanky and Buttons, the pantomine follows the misfortunes of Cinderella until good finally trumps evil and she marries her Prince Charming. The pantomine was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2013 and ran between the 15th of December and the 11th of January. The production featured Granville Saxton and Daniel Cane as the Ugly Sisters, Nichola Lagan as Cinderella and Dean Nolan as Buttons.

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Programme cover for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Hall for Cornwall, 2014

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1893. On the 25th of September 2014, the orchestra performed at Hall for Cornwall as part of the theatre's 'International Concert Series 14/15.' The performance was conducted by Frank Zielhorst and featured the violin soloist Bartosz Woroch.

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Programme cover for Calamity Jane at Hall for Cornwall, 2014

A comic musical adapted from the celebrated original stage play and film, this performance of Calamity Jane was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 28th of October and the 1st of November 2018. It was produced by The Watermill Theatre in association with Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon. The musical featured a stellar cast with Jodie Prenger playing the title character and Rob Delaney playing the role of Francis Fryer.

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Souvenir programme cover for Robin Hood at Hall for Cornwall, 2014/15

The Robin Hood pantomine was staged at and produced by Hall for Cornwall between the 9th of December and the 4th of January 2014/15. The production cast included Granville Saxton as the sheriff which features on this programme cover.

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Programme cover for Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat at Hall for Cornwall, 2015/16

Hall for Cornwall staged it's own production of the Dick Whittington pantomine between the 6th of December and 3rd of January 2015/16. The story follows a young Dick Whittington and his Mousehole cat as he leaves Cornwall in search of riches. The pantomine was produced by Simon Harvey who has directed HfC's Christmas shows since 2015. The production featured Harry Potter actor Granville Saxton as Alderman Fitzwarren and Cornwall's very own comedy star Kernow King, otherwise known as Edward Rowe. Hall for Cornwall's very own Kimberley Healey featured as the Mousehole Cat.

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Advertisement for Bananas in Pyjamas

An advertisement inside the programme for the Christmas production of Dick Whittington and his Wonderful Cat, detailing the upcoming production of 'Bananas in Pyjamas - Live on Stage' at Hall for Cornwall, February 2000. This advertisement is an example of the kind of events available for children at Hall for Cornwall running alongside programming for adults.

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Back Quay c. 1995-97

In 1995, enough funds had finally been raised to begin the refurbishment of City Hall. This photograph shows the River Kenwyn as it's sent into it's cover underneath Back Quay. Until the 1920s, the River Kenwyn ran through both Back Quay and Lemon Quay until the river was covered over as part of the process of 'filling in' Back Quay. Also visible in the background are the cranes operating on the refurbishment of City Hall prior to its opening as Hall for Cornwall in 1997.

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Refurbishment of City Hall

In 1995, enough funds had finally been raised to begin the refurbishment of City Hall. This photograph, as taken from Back Quay, exhibits the front exterior of City Hall during the refurbishment process. Also visible is the neighbouring exterior of the Market Inn facade. A crane lifts in a key part of the steel structure which formed the balcony seating in the auditorium. The crane was able to life in key pieces of new infrastructure through the roofspace which was completely refurbished above the auditorium during this process.

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Flyer for 'An Evening to Remember' at Hall for Cornwall, 1997

Fundraising events for Hall for Cornwall had been held throughout the 1990s in order to raise enough money to fund the refurbishment project at City Hall. This flyer advertises the Music Theatre Kernow's 'An Evening to Remember' event that was held at Truro School Chapel in February 1997. The event comprised of selections from opera, operetta and musicals and promised a few surprises along the way. Featuring in the performances were Lynette Carveth, Suzanne Manuell, Julian Jensen and Anthony Seddon.

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Ticket stub for The Mousehole Cat, 2014

The Duchy Ballet’s production of The Mousehole Cat and Other Ballets at the Hall For Cornwall, Truro ran between the 28th and 29th of March, 2014. The Mousehole Cat is an original ballet based on the children's story by Antonia Barber. Barber's story tells the tale of Old Tom, the fisherman, and his cat Mowzer, who face the the Great Storm 'Cat' head on to save their village.

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Ann Jennings, Ben Luxon CBE and Chris Warner

Pictured in this photograph is Ann Jennings who ran the flea markets at City Hall, HfC's director Chris Warner and Ben Luxon who bought City Hall's 125 year lease for £1.00 from Carrick District Council in the 1980s. The number they are pictured holding is The Hall for Cornwall Trust charity number.

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