If there is such a thing as a pantomime buff? But there must be people who collect old theatre and pantomime programmes many of which (particularly from the mid 20thC) have wonderful cover graphics and people of a certain age (like me) can check the cast list to find out who was appearing, and then went on to greater things, or alternatively was on the slide!
I have been researching a large collection of pantomime, theatre, opera and ballet programmes,flyers and photos and what is nice is that many of them are from suburban theatres (White Hart Lane theatre for one!) so for the local historian they also provide advertisements for local businesses etc. The collection as well as including over 200 programmes (panto, theatre, ballet, opera), also has around 50 flyer/handbills again with some nice graphics, as well as 30 photos of people starring in the various shows (mostly autographed as well with stars of the time such as Arthur Askey, Peter Graves, Sheila Hancock etc). Well known names seen in the shows include Tony Hancock, Jimmy Edwards, Frankie Howerd,Vera Lynn, Jack Buchanan (for the older viewer), Bud Flanagan and many more.
Also it seems alot of these theatres represented are now defunct such as the Golders Green Hippodrome (now an International Christian Centre!), Streatham Hill Theatre (a bingo hall), Stoll Theatre (demolished 1957), King’s Theatre Hammersmith where some episodes of the BBC Goon show were recorded in the 1950s (demolished 1963) and probably others I havent got around to checking. There are also theatres in Wimbledon, Oxford, Peterborough, Northampton plus some Windmill Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Globe etc. As a bonus the collection also includes 20 Playgoer magazines from the 1940s.
As I said at the top a great present for any theatre buff, and this collection is for sale and available to view here in Reynard Collectables ebay shop. I have attached a few pictures to show the nature of this hugely interesting collection.