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World View Tour 2008
Record Number: HFC:2019:73
A touring production poster from Britain's oldest dance company. Rambert Dance Company has a particularly broad touring roster across the UK.
Object Dimensions: 96.5 X 65
Object Type: digital image
Method - preservation copy Date - 2008
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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.
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.
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.
Marrying the Mistress
Marrying the Mistress was produced by Nick Brooke Limited and Kenneth H. Wax Limited, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Adapted and directed by David Taylor and starring Caroline Langrishe, Adrian Lukis, Jeremy Clyde and Polly Adams.
A lead character in the pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Performed on stage 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.
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!'
A signed photograph of Jimmy Cricket in the 2002 Christmas pantomime 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.
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.
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 that was commonly supplied by promotors to multiple venues on an artist's tour. Each venue would apply its own logo and details in the blank space provided. The signed copy here has been left blank with no mention of Hall For Cornwall.
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.
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.
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
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. The production ran for four nights at Hall For Cornwall between 19-23 October 2004.
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.
A poster showcasing one of the best-known staples of musical theatre, Cabaret. Cabaret debuted as a musical in 1966 with a film adaptation following in 1972. The musical is an adaptation of both a play and a novel and is set in Berlin during the 1930s.
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.
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.
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.
Set of Gallon Measures with Truro Coat of Arms
A set of eight measuring jugs, designed to nest within each other. Made in 1826 and bearing the Truro coat of arms (and a reference to Truro Borough Council) these jugs range from an Imperial Gallon down to an Imperial Quarter Gill. The measurement details what the jug can hold in today's measurements. The jugs range in size from 4.5l, down to 5 fluid oz.
This menu card is an example of an elaborate design used for formal occasions in the last nineteenth century. On the front of the menu is an image of Truro's City Hall. Inside the menu is a list of foods that were served at the banquet hosted by Mr Arthur Laverton, mayor between 1889-1891. Some items have survived the test of time. Some haven't!
Cornwall Gazette states 'The halls and vestibules were garnished with all kinds of plants and art drapery, while the supper-room was fitted up in a most elaborate as a drawing-room, handsome artistic furniture being used for accommodations of the visitors; and the walls were lined with large mirrors festooned with handsome draperies in art colours'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack & The Beanstalk poster
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.
A collection of handbills
A handbill advertising Babes In The Wood pantomime performance at the 'Regent Truro'
A selection of handbills were posted 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 City Hall and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.
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.
Close up of Regent Theatre handbills
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1998 (2)
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.
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.
A scene from Hot Mikado, 2009
Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (1)
Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (2)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A scene from Beauty and the Beast, 2012 (2)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ann Jennings and Chris Warner
Pictured in this photograph with City Hall visible in the background is Ann Jennings who ran the flea markets at City Hall, HfC's director Chris Warner and an unidentified visitor to the hall. The number they are pictured holding is The Hall for Cornwall Trust charity number.
Reef are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 as ascending and descending the mast, giving the sense of a boat moving on a rough sea.
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.
1. Piranesi, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham
2. Playing Place, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham
3. Stannary, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham