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Plays Collection

Captivating performances that transcend time and genres, from the electrifying energy of a Bruce Springsteen concert to the haunting melodies of an Alice Cooper tour

Background imagePlays Collection: Dachshund and Piano

Dachshund and Piano
A musical dachshund plays a tune on the piano

Background imagePlays Collection: The Red Moth by William Barribal

The Red Moth by William Barribal
A showgirl in a fabulous stage costume with enormous butterfly wings plays to a theatre audience

Background imagePlays Collection: Puppet in kimono being manipulated by two bunraku puppeteers

Puppet in kimono being manipulated by two bunraku puppeteers in black robes. Woodblock ukiyo-e print by Utagawa Kunisada II, Tokyo, 1850s

Background imagePlays Collection: Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho)

Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho)
3642344 Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho) by Andre, Richard (1834-1907); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew)

Background imagePlays Collection: Einstein Plays Violin

Einstein Plays Violin
ALBERT EINSTEIN German born physicist. Playing the violin on board the steamer Deutschland from Europe to the USA

Background imagePlays Collection: Shakespeare; Titania

Shakespeare; Titania
Act II, Scene I Titania, Queen of the fairies with her train; "...Fairies, away! We shall chide downright, if I no longer stay Date: 1908

Background imagePlays Collection: Boy & Marklin Toy Train

Boy & Marklin Toy Train
A German boy plays with his Marklin train

Background imagePlays Collection: Edmundo Ros Club

Edmundo Ros Club in Regent Street, London drawn by Arthur Ferrier. Couples sit at lamplit tables while people dance, the band plays and the singer croons

Background imagePlays Collection: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo & Juliet

Background imagePlays Collection: Anthony Hopkins Actor sitting with Diana Rigg - September 1972 Both will be staring

Anthony Hopkins Actor sitting with Diana Rigg - September 1972 Both will be staring in Macbeth in the new National Theatre production Dbase MSI

Background imagePlays Collection: Turkish Musician Pair

Turkish Musician Pair
Turkish musicians : he plays, she fixes the drinks (1 of 2)

Background imagePlays Collection: Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaws play opens in 1914

Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaws play opens in 1914
Spread from The Sketch magazine showing scenes from the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion, which opened at His Majestys Theatre, London on 11 April 1914

Background imagePlays Collection: Organist Plays with Fire

Organist Plays with Fire
While fire rages in Norwich cathedral, the organist plays on... and is found by the firemen half-asphyxiated by the smoke

Background imagePlays Collection: Macbeth / Witches / Cauldron

Macbeth / Witches / Cauldron
Act IV, Scene I The witches in their cavern, gathered around the boiling cauldron; " in the poisn d entrails throw"

Background imagePlays Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) playing in the waves of an oil tanker, Port Aransas

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) playing in the waves of an oil tanker, Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Background imagePlays Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow, on newly formed pack ice during autumn freeze up, Beaufort Sea, off Arctic coast, Alaska

Background imagePlays Collection: Fred and Adele Astaire in Stop Flirting

Fred and Adele Astaire in Stop Flirting
Fred and Adele Astaire starring with Majorie Gordon in the successful show, Stop Flirting which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London in 1923 and moved to the Queens Theatre a few months later

Background imagePlays Collection: Shakespeares Bees by Pauline Baynes

Shakespeares Bees by Pauline Baynes
William Shakespeare, lost in thought, and inspired by a swarm of honey bees as he writes Henry V

Background imagePlays Collection: The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes

The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes
Charming illustration showing a land populated by all the characters from Christmas plays and pantomimes including Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Robinson Crusoe

Background imagePlays Collection: Romeo / Juliet / Balcony

Romeo / Juliet / Balcony
Act II, Scene II The famous balcony scene

Background imagePlays Collection: Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau Girl playing the harp

Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau Girl playing the harp from the Greek Virgins postcard series. Date: 1900

Background imagePlays Collection: Pipe Major of The Scots Guards

Pipe Major of The Scots Guards in full ceremonial dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imagePlays Collection: Beardsley / Salome / Head

Beardsley / Salome / Head
The dancers reward : the head on a platter

Background imagePlays Collection: The Tempest, Ariel

The Tempest, Ariel
Act I, Scene II Ariel guides the ship to safety Date: 1909

Background imagePlays Collection: Blackheath Goffer

Blackheath Goffer
To the Society of Goffers (golfers) At Blackheath Mr William Innes, merchant, plays golf on the heath. A caddy holds his clubs

Background imagePlays Collection: Falstaff in Basket

Falstaff in Basket
Falstaff is hidden in a laundry basket

Background imagePlays Collection: Hamlet and Skull

Hamlet and Skull
Hamlet with Yoricks skull

Background imagePlays Collection: Carroll / Alice & Croquet

Carroll / Alice & Croquet
Alice Plays Croquet with the Duchess Using a Flamingo

Background imagePlays Collection: OPHELIA

OPHELIA
Ophelia Goes Mad, Hands out Wild Flowers Date: 1906

Background imagePlays Collection: LADY MACBETH & DAGGERS

LADY MACBETH & DAGGERS
Macbeth, Act II, Scene ii Lady Macbeth: "give me the daggers..." Date: 1925

Background imagePlays Collection: Girl Plays Ping Pong

Girl Plays Ping Pong
A girl in a flowing pink dress plays ping pong

Background imagePlays Collection: Hamlet & Ophelia

Hamlet & Ophelia
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Ophelia

Background imagePlays Collection: Ancient Persian Music

Ancient Persian Music
A Dervish of Ancient Persia in long green robe with fur trimming; he wears an ornate hat and plays a woodwind instrument

Background imagePlays Collection: Play / Racine / Phedre

Play / Racine / Phedre
Sarah Bernhardt wears a full dress with sleeves to the floor as they plays Phedre by Jean Racine

Background imagePlays Collection: Play / Capek / R. u. R

Play / Capek / R. u. R
Programme for the first English production of the play, also known as R.U.R. and written by Karel Capek, when it was performed at St. Martins Theatre in London

Background imagePlays Collection: Midsummer Nights Dream

Midsummer Nights Dream
Act IV, Scene I Bottom & Titania; T: " Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed/While I thy amiable cheeks do coy, "

Background imagePlays Collection: Japan - the Shakuhachi

Japan - the Shakuhachi
A Japanese musician plays the SHAKUHACHI, a wind instrument resembling the western flute

Background imagePlays Collection: Chekhovs three Sisters

Chekhovs three Sisters
A scene from the 1940 production of Chekhovs classic play, THREE SISTERS performed by the Moscow Arts Theatre

Background imagePlays Collection: Rubinstein Plays Piano

Rubinstein Plays Piano
ANTON RUBINSTEIN over-enthusiastic pianist plays a tune. So caught up in his performance he is lifted bodily from the stool, long hair & coat-tails flying

Background imagePlays Collection: Ibsen / Dolls House

Ibsen / Dolls House
A DOLLS HOUSE The famous French actress Suzanne Despres in the role of Nora

Background imagePlays Collection: Drake Plays Bowls

Drake Plays Bowls
Drake, learning that the Spanish Armada has been sighted approaching England, insists on finishing his game of bowls

Background imagePlays Collection: Oberon & Titania

Oberon & Titania
Act II, Scene II Oberon squeezes the flower onto Titanias eyelids

Background imagePlays Collection: Hamlet at the Grave

Hamlet at the Grave
Hamlet at the grave moralises on the skull of the jester Yorick

Background imagePlays Collection: ANTIGONE - CHORUS

ANTIGONE - CHORUS
Antigone the chorus of elders who comment dispassionately on the action

Background imagePlays Collection: Scene from Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice

Scene from Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice
A scene from Shakespeares comedy, The Merchant of Venice, with Portia and other characters

Background imagePlays Collection: Henry V / Agincourt

Henry V / Agincourt
Act IV, Scene I Henry V, victorious after the battle of Agincourt; H: " Praised be God, & not our strength for it!"

Background imagePlays Collection: Playing with Cake Mix

Playing with Cake Mix
A little girl plays with the cake mix with a wooden spoon

Background imagePlays Collection: Romeo Juliet Balcony

Romeo Juliet Balcony
The balcony scene



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Captivating performances that transcend time and genres, from the electrifying energy of a Bruce Springsteen concert to the haunting melodies of an Alice Cooper tour. Shakespeare's enchanting world comes alive as Titania weaves her spell on stage, while even Einstein finds solace in playing his beloved violin. The magic continues with a boy lost in his own imagination, navigating through miniature landscapes with his Marklin toy train. Kylie Minogue ignites the stage with her infectious pop beats, followed by The Rolling Stones who prove that rock 'n' roll never dies. Michael Buble serenades audiences with his smooth vocals, leaving hearts swooning in awe. And amidst it all, Edmundo Ros Club sets the perfect backdrop for dancers to sway to rhythmic Latin tunes and can not just mere entertainment; they are portals into different worlds where emotions run high and dreams come true.