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A Tonic to the Imagination: Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B. J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959
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Musicals & Revues
The English musical and musical revue had a different genesis than in America, often being of a more satirical nature or in contrast being outrageously romantic and sentimental. These enormously popular musical entertainments formed a large portion of the Simmons output for many decades. Those researching the work of Gilbert and Sullivan will find the collection includes designs for some of the first productions of these operettas so beloved by English audiences.

Chu Chin Chow

His Majesty's Theatre, 1916
Costumes designed by Percy Anderson

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The Follies: Pélissier's Potted Pageant

Apollo Theatre, 1910
Costumes designed by Sers

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The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria

Savoy Theatre, 1889
Costumes designed by Percy Anderson

Costume design for The Gondoliers

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty

Savoy Theatre, 1908

Costume design for The Pirates of Penzance

Rose Marie

Drury Lane, 1925
Costumes designed by Attilio Comelli

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Trial by Jury

Princes Theatre, 1920
Costumes designed by Percy Anderson

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