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Tabard worn by Auntie Flo (Jo Monroe) in Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, 2015

Tabard worn by Auntie Flo (Jo Monroe) in Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, 2015

Made: 2015

Record Number: HFC:2021:351

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Object Type: digital image

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The Man Who Had All The Luck (A Fable by Arthur Miller)

A show poster from the Donmar On Tour production of The Man Who Had All The Luck, an Arthur Miller play. The production toured to The Lowry and Liverpool Playhouse before coming to Cornwall and is an example of Hall for Cornwall's important role in the regional touring circuit of theatres. Touring productions like this allow a broad audience to see a production from a major London theatre without having to travel to see it.

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Bob Geldof

A Bob Geldof and full band tour poster, signed by Bob Geldof

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Blues Band 25th Anniversary Tour

Signed poster from the Blues Band 25th Anniversary Tour. Tour poster features a photo with each of the five members.

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Cinderella

Signed Cinderella show poster, performed on stage at Hall For Cornwall between 13th December 2002 to Sunday 12th January 2003.

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Boy George In Concert

Signed Boy George concert poster from his national tour in 2008.

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Chris Bonnington photo

Photographic portrait of the mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonnington on the occasion of his talk at Hall For Cornwall.

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Shell Seekers

A signed poster from The Shell Seekers production at Hall For Cornwall.

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The Woman In Black

A signed show poster from The Woman in Black. Performed at Hall For Cornwall between 29th January - 3rd February 2007.

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Annie

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

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Snow White

Signed Snow White poster with ten autographs from featured actors between 10th December 2005 - 8th January 2006. Produced by Hiss & Boo Company and written by Richard Gauntlett.

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Beside Manners

Signed show poster from a 2001 production of Bedside Manners, produced by Charles Vance. On stage at Hall For Cornwall between 4-8th September 2001. Show featuring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Geoffrey Davies, Arthur Bostrum, Kim Hartman and Amanda Redington.

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Derren Brown Live

Signed poster for Derren Brown Live at Hall For Cornwall. Produced by Michael Vine, Andrew O'Connor and David Walker for Objective Productions.

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Mum's The Word

Signed Mum's The Word poster. A comedy directed by Wayne Harrison and Produced by Robert C Kelly Limited and Clear Channel Entertainment. Starring Sarah White, Rebecca Wheatley, Kim Hartman, Maureen Nolan, Polly Highton and Juliet Wallace.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill

Triple Bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet's repetory. Including Les Petits Riens, Brouillards and Elite Syncopations.

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Art

Signed tour poster from 2005 tour of comedy 'Art'.

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Adzido Dance Ensemble

Photo of two Adzido Dancer performers, together backstage at Hall For Cornwall, 2008.

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Marrying the Mistress

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Dame Doughnut

A lead character in the pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwards. Performed onstage at Hall For Cornwall between December 1997 - January 1998. Don Crann in a class example of full pantomime dame costume, complete with wig and makeup

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Girls Night

A signed posted from the Milton Keynes Theatre and Goodnights Productions touring variety show, Girls Night. Starring Lucy Speed, Gwyneth Strong, Donna Hazleton and directed by Jack Randle. Tour poster signed by each of the three female leads. A strong, pink design featuring a disco ball and mock up of a ladies night at a bar. Strapline 'Fun, Friendship and Fantastic Music!'

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Cole Porter's High Society

A signed poster from the touring production of High Society, following a sell-out West End season of performances.

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Jimmy Cricket

A signed photograph of Jimmy Cricket in the 2002 Christmas pantomime x performed at Hall For Cornwall between December 2002 and Janaury 2003. Signed photo of a single figure with pen overlay and a cream mount with a cutout window for text. Unframed. Originally commissioned to hang in Hall For Cornwall in public spaces and dressing room areas.

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Adonais Ballet Ballerina

Photo of a ballerina in profile against a stone wall. and a cream mount surround.

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Elaine Delmar

Photo of Elaine Delmar in semi-profile against a blue backdrop. Cream mount surround. Originally commissioned to hang in Hall For Cornwall in public spaces and dressing room areas.

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Elkie Brooks, Live In Concert

A signed poster from an Elkie Brooks concert, performed at Hall For Cornwall on 16 October 2010. Concert produced by Tony Denton Promotions in association with Slave to the Rhythm Records. This poster is an interesting example of a poster which was commonly supplier by promotors to multiple venues on an artist's tour. Each venue would apply their own logo and details in the blank space provided. The signed copy here has been left blank with no mention of Hall For Cornwall.

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Marty Wilde and the Wildcats

Tour poster from Marty Wilde's 2012 national tour 'an evening with the King of British Rock 'n' Roll', signed by 5 musicians including Marty Wilde. The poster features an image of a young Marty Wilde against a silver background, signed by five musicians including Marty Wilde.

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La Classique from Moscow Ballet

A signed tour poster from Moscow Ballet's festive 'La Classique' production, 2003. The poster depicts two dancers against a Christmas tree backdrop. Signed by eight dancers.

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War & Peace

A signed tour poster from a production of War & Peace, part of the Shared Experiences / National Theatre production. Presented by Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse and Hampstead. 3-6 June 2008

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The Stylistics

Signed poster from The Stylistics national 'Love Songs' tour, 2003. Presented by Kennedy Street Entertainment and performing at Hall For Cornwall on 4th December.

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Grease is the word

Signed tour poster from the 2004 production of Grease. Presented by Paul Nicholas and David Ian based on their original London production. The poster is signed by 11 members of the cast and the production ran for four nights at Hall For Cornwall between 19-23 October 2004.

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Barabas

Poster for Barabas, a contemporary re-working of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta. Produced in Cornwall and reworked by Anna Coombes. Production funded by Hall For Cornwall, Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Carrick District Council and Cornwall County Council.

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Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend signed tour poster. Signed by each member of the band.

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Cornwall Youth Orchestra

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Cabaret

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Dennis Locorriere in concert

A concert poster for 'The Sensational Voice of Dr. Hook', Dennie Locorriere on the occasion of his appearance at Hall For Cornwall on 28th February 2011. Presented by Flying Music in association with John Taylor.

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Elbow plus Guests

A signed concert poster from Elbow's 2008 UK tour to promote the release of their album 'The Seldom Seen Kid'. Tour presented by Metropolis Music and SJM Concerts.

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Charlie Landsborough

A signed concert poster from British country and folk singer Charlie Landsborough, who performed at Hall For Cornwall on 16th October 2008.

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Paddy McGuinness LIVE

Signed tour poster from a 2006 UK tour by comedian Paddy McGuinness. Hall For Cornwall were the first on his multi-leg tour 'The Dark Side tour 2006'.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

A poster showcasing one of the best-known rock-opera musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice in 1970, the Broadway musical debuted in 1970.

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View From The Shore

A signed poster from the Royal Opera House and Hall For Cornwall mini-tour of View From The Shore choreographed by the Jacky Lansley Dance Theatre, 2007.

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Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story

Following a 13 year stint in the West End, Hall For Cornwall were part of the first UK tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story musical. The rock 'n' roll musical follows the life and times of musician Buddy Holly.

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The Meatloaf Trilogy

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World View Tour 2008

A touring production poster from Britain's oldest dance company. Rambert Dance Company has a particularly broad touring roster across the UK.

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A scene from Bless The Bride (1)

Bless The Bride debuted on the West End in 1947. It debuted at the Adelphi Theatre and initially ran for three years and over 800 performances. It was the third of five musicals written by A.P. Herbert and scored by Vivian Ellis.

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Carousel was the second musical produced by Rogers & Hammerstein. Following the success of their first musical, Oklahoma! In 1943, Carousel followed quickly on its heels, opening on Broadway in 1945 (its West End debut took place in 1950). Mavis Ward, the producer of TAODS version stated 'Mr Hammerstein has a strong moral truth to expound, and pays his audience the compliment of supposing that they are able and willing to think and feel as deeply as he.'

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Those prepared to look beneath the surface, may well be rewarded to find in Carousel, the most thoughtfully moral musical of the century'. TAODS production of Carousel was performed at City Hall between November 10th-15th 1958. Production and Chreography was by Mavis Ward, Musical Director was by G. Trehane Collins, Ballet Mistress Vera Gatley and Chorus Mistress, Gladys Hiley.

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Those prepared to look beneath the surface, may well be rewarded to find in Carousel, the most thoughtfully moral musical of the century'. TAODS production of Carousel was performed at City Hall between November 10th-15th 1958. Production and Chreography was by Mavis Ward, Musical Director was by G. Trehane Collins, Ballet Mistress Vera Gatley and Chorus Mistress, Gladys Hiley.

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Carousel Foreword

Carousel programme foreword by The President of TAODS for the 1958 production by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. The President makes special mention of the producer Mavis Ward who travelled to Truro on a number of ocassions to produce musicals for the company.

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Programme cover for Kismet at City Hall

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Memories of Watching Shows at the Hall For Cornwall

I have seen all the pantomimes for several years and many shows. The best one for me was The Sound of Music – it was fantastic.  I would love to go again when it opens next year. I have lived in Truro all my  life and my friend Christine who has lived opposite for many years and we always wave to one another before we go to bed. 

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Postcard Memories - Stuck in a Onesie

Putting my back out getting into a onesie backstage and face-planting in the Stage Right Wing. I lay there rigid for an hour before being carried into the orchestra pit and playing a show in said onesie. I had to stay in the onesie for 3 days.  

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Postcard Memories - The 'Avenging Angels'

My children were terrified by the colourful drapes in the foyer. They called them the ‘Avenging Angels’

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Postcard Memories - The Addams Family

I used to run an Air BnB and as guests we had the Grandma from ‘The Addams Family’, a character from a play about business, an operatic singer and a violin player. It felt like we were part of the show.

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Postcard Memories - Musical Memory

I liked Joseph and the musicals. It was really good. 

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Postcard Memories - Family Memories at the Hall for Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall is synonymous with my son – Dandy Dan in Bugsy, Claypole in Oliver, Backstage crew, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Bottom in Play for the Nation.  

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Postcard Memories - The History of Cornwall Book

In 2000, all Cornish school children were given a book on the History of Cornwall. I was part of the team and presented it to Prince Charles.  

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Postcard Memories - Favourite Memories of the City Hall & Hall for Cornwall

My favourite memories are of Mr Maker! Patrick Moore playing the Xylophone, The Levellers, Stomp! And Ballet Rambert. 

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Postcard Memories - Memories of a Steward

As a HFC Steward from 1997-2017, the memorable shows I have seen are anything by Kneehigh Theatre, Ballet Rambert (especially the Rolling Stones dances), Stomp. There were fantastic bands. Hot Chocolate stands out. Stewards were dancing in the back row. The Chinese state circus. Russian Ice Dancers, Barnum, The Nutcracker. Also I remember the opening. The week before the shows started, I took crates and sold the first programmes.  

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Postcard Memories - Dancing On Ice

Dancing on Ice, I’m in awe as to how they can do what they do, at such speed, in a small space. The first one, the lead Ballerina came out in Ballet shows en pointe on the ice. We expected she would slip and slide but she didn’t! We came back for the solid 60s each year. Freddie and the Dreamers, The Tremaloes, Marty Wilde. My aunt used to do shopping for Marty Wilde’s grandmother.  

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Postcard Memories - Pirate FM Cornwall's Most Wanted

I remember trying to catch Pirate FM Cornwall’s most wanted in the foyer of the theatre! The flea markets in the barn downstairs. So many fantastic shows. The scenery for Chess was too large for the stage! I remember the great staff. I was a member for Priority Tickets.  

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Memories of The City Hall & Hall for Cornwall - The Heart of Things

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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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 1: Debbie McCrory

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

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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 3: Julien Boast & Sue Ferguson

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Badge, 10 Years of Hall For Cornwall

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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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Fleamarkets at City Hall

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Dancers On Stage

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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

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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

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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

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Jeeves & Wooster Programme

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The Woman in Black Programme

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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inside City Hall 1995 (1)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (3)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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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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Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, c. 1997

City Hall Truro's theatre opened as the newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall in November 1997. During its first Christmas season, Hall for Cornwall, in association with Albemarle Montrose Productions and C&A, staged the Cinderella pantomine. The production ran between the 19th of December and 10th of January and featured Heather Jay Jones as Cinderella and Robbie Dee as Buttons. The newly refurbished Hall also included a restauraunt called Stars which was housed on the mezzanine level overlooking the main entrance and boasted 'an enviable reputation for first class cuisine.'

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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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A music event at City Hall (1)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94. Taken from the back of the theatre space, it showcases the interior architecture of the Hall's vaulted roof on Doric columns whilst also conveying the electric atmosphere of the packed space.

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A music event at City Hall (2)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph features the bar staff replenishing the till during a musical performance in the former market hall space, c. 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (3)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This is photograph features the bar in the market hall space during a music event in the period 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (4)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94 shortly before the space was overhauled entirely to become Hall for Cornwall. These music events were relatively low key and followed on from the popular Rock N Rhythm and skiffle competitions held at the hall in the 1970s which attracted audiences from all over Cornwall.

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A music event at City Hall (6)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94.

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Reef flyer

Reef were an Indie band, popular in the UK at the beginning of the 21st Century. Other British bands to tour to Hall for Cornwall at a similar time included Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Coldplay and Bloc Party.

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Laying the seats, 1997

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An Achievable Vision

A prospecting illustration, drawn in the early 1990s to symbolise the myriad uses a potential venue like City Hall might have as a Hall for Cornwall.

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Costume worn by Carabosse (sp) during the Hall for Cornwall production of Sleeping Beauty, 2017.

Sleeping Beauty was the last Christmas show performed on stage a Hall for Cornwall prior to its closure in 2018.

The outfit was designed by Shaun Donoghue who regularly designs for the hall. The outfit includes a skirt, cape, corset, jacket and red velvet gloves. Carabosse is one of the female lead roles in Sleeping Beauty and in this production was played by Deborah Tracy.

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Jumper worn by Grabgrind (David Haydn) in Jack & The Beanstalk 2016

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Jumper worn by Sandra Starch (Kimberley Moses) in Jack & The Beanstalk 2016

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Tabard worn by Auntie Flo (Jo Monroe) in Jack & The Beanstalk, 2016

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Jack & The Beanstalk Pantomime badge, 2009

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Shes worn by the Jester (Kimberley Moses) in Sleeping Beauty, 2017

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Palace guard's hat worn during the 2017 production of Sleeping Beauty.

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Rat prop from Dick Whittington.

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Mini chef prop from Sleeping Beauty, 2017

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Kenwyn (Ed Rowe) pasty prop from Sleeping Beauty Find a Fella challenge, 2017

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Auntie Flo's brooch (Cornish chough) which pricked the finger of Sleeping Beauty when accidentally pricked by Kenwyn.

A tin badge representing the Cornish Chough. Used as a prop onstage during the Hall for Cornwall production of Sleeping Beauty with Hiss & Boo Company. The badge pricked the finger of Sleeping Beauty when accidentally caught by Kenwyn.

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Mousehole Cat's unitard

A stage outfit compromised of costume, tail and leg warmers. The costume was worn in the lead role of Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat on stage at Hall for Cornwall in Winter 2015.

The costume was designed by Kimberley Moses and made by Lizzie Hall. Production choreographed for the performance during the summer, coinciding with the conception of the costumes. Fabric paint and sharpie were used to the create the pattern.

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Poster from Kneehigh production of Rebecca, 2015

The 2015 version of Rebecca was Kneehigh theatre company's adaption of Daphne Du Maurier's psychological thriller. It was adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Of the adaptation, Emma remained faithful to the book (rather than the film which she steered clear of) and added her own twist to the ending. The original setting in Cornwall and it's references to Cornish mythology are imbued throughout this adaptation as well as the broader work of Kneehigh. Poster designed by DeWynters.

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Poster from Kneehigh's production of Cry Wolf, 2000

Cry Wolf was an amalgamation of two earlier plays performed by Kneehigh and with reference to Little Red Riding Hood and Angela Carter's Company of Wolves. Music from the Baghdaddies and with writing/acting from Emma Rice, Anna Maria Murphy, Carl Grose and Mike Shepherd.

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Poster from Kneehigh's production of Tin Drum

Tin Drum was an adaptation of the 1959 novel by Gunter Grass. Produced by Everyman Liverpool & Playhouse with Kneehigh, it toured in 2000. Telling the story of Oskar, a boy who refuses to grow up following traditional narrative, set against the rise of Fascism amongst the Second World War. The Kneehigh version provided a new, less literal re-telling of the story, written by Carl Grose and directed by Mike Shepherd.

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Poster from Kneehigh On Tour's production of Tristan & Yseult

Tristan & Yseult was a Kneehigh production, adapted from the tragic Cornish legend of the two lovers. This version toured through the UK in 2013. The set was designed by the late Bill Mitchell. Mitchell designed the central stage as a platform with a mast, around which the cast could move fluidly around as well ascending and descending the mast, giving the sense of a boat moving on a rough sea.

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Mousehole Cat's wig, worn in the lead role of Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, 2015

Costume designed by Kimberley Moses and made by Lizzie Hall. Production choreographed in the summer. Fabric paint and sharpie used the create the pattern.

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1. Piranesi, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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2. Playing Place, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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3. Stannary, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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