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The Theatre Staff, part 2, 1866

Here is the continuation of the illustrations from backstage of a French theatre in 1866. Again, it’s all in French, but the scenes are recognizable to anyone working in theatre.

The staff, big and small things, a scenic study by Bertall (part 2)

Ooh, here we have people flying and disappearing down traps. And that guy really likes the leg on that chorus girl.

Flying, disappearing, and visiting the extras
Flying, disappearing, and visiting the extras

Uh oh, the prompter has fallen asleep!

Prompter and boats
Prompter and boats

This looks like one of those “and give up show biz?” moments.

Making waves
Making waves

And finally, some costume and wardrobe pictures.

Costumes
Costumes

Bertall. “L’envers Du Théatre.” L’illustration: Journal Universel, vol 48. 1866: 204.Google Books. Web. 26 July 2016. <https://books.google.com/books?id=-rRLAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA204#v=onepage&q&f=true>.

The Theatre Staff, 1866

I came across the following wonderful illustrations of backstage theatre from 1866. It’s all in French. I thought I could try translating it on my own, but no luck, so here it is in its untranslated glory. If any of my readers know French and would love to take a crack at it, let me know!

The staff, big and small things, a scenic study by Bertall.

The Stage
The Stage

The next few illustrations show some manual sound effects and props.

Thunder and lightning
Thunder and lightning
Wind and rain
Wind and rain
Shooting
Shooting
Sound and food
Sound and food

Bertall. “L’envers Du Théatre.” L’illustration: Journal Universel, vol 48. 1866: 204.Google Books. Web. 26 July 2016. <https://books.google.com/books?id=-rRLAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA204#v=onepage&q&f=true>.