The French dealer I got this program from said it was from 1958. I couldn't find anything inside the theater program to verify that date, but it sounds about right. The program of the Theatre Antoine features the American playright Arthur Miller's "View from the Bridge," which he wrote in 1955. The 800-seat Italian Style theater opened its doors on Strasbourg Boulevard in Paris in 1866. Today it is known as Theatre Antoine-Simone Berriau, after the actress who served as director from 1943 until her death in 1984.
This program is a historical gem, with advertisements for Daum crystal, Porcelaine of Paris, Philips High Fidelity stereo, Perrier, Hennessy cognac and my favorite: Pschitt orange drink featuring one of Jean-Gabriel Domergue's pin up girls! There are photos and biographies (in French, of course) of the actors and actresses in the production.
The 26-page program measures just over 5.25 by 8.25 inches. The colors are vibrant and bold. There is a scratch/impression on the front left edge, which I've included a closeup photo of. But it would take a lot more than that to detract from Toulouse-Lautrec's art work! Overall, in fine vintage condition.
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