This gallery provides an overview of all playbills from the Sceneweb archive. It includes performance programs from 1910 until now.
Playbills, or performance programs, are used as part of the information work concerning dance and theatre productions. The oldest playbills in the Sceneweb archive are from the early 1900es. They are similar to advertising leaflets, and in addition to ads, they include portrait photos of the most central artist involved, plus information on the involved and where the production is performed. One example of this type of playbill is the performance program from Eli Sjo at The Norwegian Theatre in 1916.
Playbills are also an important source of information about repertoire history and visual materials from productions. For a long time, theatres have also habitually included articles about the themes of the productions, interviews with, or articles about the involved artists. The playbill from The Norwegian National Ballet's production The Firebird - Rite of Spring (2019) is an example of a playbill with good photos from the production as well as articles about themes and artists.