I have been collecting these for at least 35 years and now have a nearly complete set of post-war programmes from the Stratford theatres (if anyone has a hoard of uber-rare, early programmes from The Other Place, I need to know).
As a theatre critic/interested person, I really like it when the theatre programme I’m issued with is also the text of the new play I’m seeing.
So what do you do with theatre programmes aka playbills (in the USA)? They make nice souvenirs of an evening out but what if you’re in the theatre working three or four times a week? You’d soon need a very large rented storage facility to accommodate them unless you own a mansion.
For the first time in 30 years, I am a resident of the Edinburgh area, hopping on the bus or train to travel the 30 minutes from my home to visit the other-worldliness which is Edinburgh in August. And then going home again with glorious first-day memories.
However, a couple of interesting tweets popped up from Channel 4’s political correspondent, Michael Crick, that seemed to get people’s juices flowing – one of which makes a rather pertinent point. What do we buy programmes for? What is the point of them?