World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day was established 55 years ago today, showcasing the performing arts and promoting all the varied forms of theatre . To coincide with this the University of Greenwich would like to share some exclusive behind the scenes photographs of The Critic: or, a Tragedy Rehearsed by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. First performed in 1779, and was recreated by students in November 1960 at Avery Hill College. These photographs show the creation of the set, costume making and even the students putting make-up on before the show.

The archive holds a lot of photographs of plays performed at Avery Hill College, so we rarely see these behind the scenes shots. From many of the former students testimonials, they all state how much they enjoyed the plays and mentioned how it was one of the best things to take part in at Avery Hill College.

Costume Making
Painting the Scenery

The Show must go on:

Plays at Avery Hill College

Here are some of the photos of the plays the archive has found from the 1940’s to the 60’s.

The Devil to Pay, performed 24th November 1946
Iphigenia in Tauris, performed 30th November and 1st December 1956
The Coventry Nativity, performed 12th and 13th December 1952
The School of Scandal, performed 25th and 26th November 1955
The Critic or A Tragedy Rehearsed, performed 25th and 26th November 1960
The Well of the Saints, performed 30th November and 1st December 1951
Noah, performed 29th and 30th November 1957
The Women Have Their Way, performed 27th and 28th November 1959

More photographs can be seen on display near the Green Room at Avery Hill Campus Library.