William Shakespeare may have written that all the world’s a stage, but today on #LoveTheatreDay, all Europeana is a stage.
We’ve searched our collections to find artworks and photographs which give a glimpse into theatrical life over several hundred years.
Whether indoor or outdoors, the theatre is a place where imagination and creativity reign.
Theatrical Presentation, 1714 (anonymous), Rijksmuseum, Public Domain Marked
Vue du théatre taillé dans le roc, Carl Gustav Hempel, Austrian National Library, Public Domain Marked
The players, either professional or amateur, enthrall an audience with feats, some daring and some more mundane.
Scene de dood van Trautheim met Willy Spiering, Het Zuiden Fotopersbureau, City Archives’ S-Hertogenbosch, CC BY-SA
Theatre, Sture Gewert, Heritage Västernorrland, CC BY-SA
A Wonderfull Thing from Paris, or Madame Sacchi gratifying John Bulls curiosity, at Covent Garden Theatre, Circus Museum CC BY-SA
Around the plays and productions, artistic endeavour flourishes, evidenced by posters such as these by Dudley Hardy and Jules Cheret
Prince of Wales’ Theatre, Dudley Hardy, Bibliothèque Municipale De Lyon, Public Domain Marked
Grand théâtre de l’Exposition, Jules Chéret, Bibliothèque Municipale De Lyon, Public Domain Marked
And some artists remind us that sometimes the real drama and beauty happens in the audience as well as on stage.
Theaterpubliek, Hippolyte Michaud, Rijksmuseum, Public Domain Marked
La loge au mascaron doré, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Bibliothèque De L’INHA, Public Domain Marked
By Adrian Murphy, Europeana Foundation