This miniature theatre comes complete with a curtain, 7 pieces of scenery and 6 characters for the Play of Red Riding Hood.
In the last scene there is a “remove”, so that when the piece of scenery is taken out, the wolf in bed can be whisked away and replaced by an empty bed.
In this version Little Red Riding Hood’s father kills the wolf, and so one of the character sets shows a dead wolf.
The theatre is constructed from wood.
The box, scenery and characters are made from acid free card and paper, and the characters are mounted on wood and have metal ‘sliders’.
There is also a handmade box, in which to store the scenery and characters, when not in use.
The stage of the theatre measures 2 inchs (2.5cm) by 1inch (2.5cm).
The top of the arch stands just over 1 and 1/4 inches (3.3cm) tall.
Toy theatres were a very popular toy during the mid and late Victorian era.
This set is completely my own invention and the characters and scenery have been made using Victorian scraps – which is why they are so brightly coloured.
The label on the box top has been adapted from a games box, dating from 1895. It had no connection with a theatre set in its original form.
This is one of the first theatres, with a complete play, that I made – many years ago now.
It is horrendously difficult to photograph !
PLEASE NOTE –
The theatre is strongly coloured and the scenery and characters are VERY strongly coloured.
The box is slightly more muted in colour, but the label is a bright, fresh print.
This theatre set is handmade and contains wire. It is not a ‘toy’, it is a ‘collector’s item’