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A sketch showing the original auditorium, stage, FOH, and backstage of the Fourth Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1910

The Unknown Fairyland and the Known: "Jack and the Beanstalk's" Famous Home

THAT WHICH GOES TO THE MAKING OF A GREAT PLAYHOUSE : DRURY LANE THEATRE - A SECTION

Drawn by our Special Artist, Harold Oakley

A sketch showing the original auditorium, stage, FOH, and backstage of the Fourth Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1910 - Illustrated London News

Above - A sketch showing the original auditorium, stage, FOH, and backstage of the Fourth Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1910 - Illustrated London News

The Sketch above was drawn by the Illustrated London News' Special Artist, Harold Oakley and reproduced in their December 31st 1910 Edition. The Caption Reads: - 'Few of those who visit Drury Lane Theatre, whether it be for drama or, as at the present season, for pantomime, realise what a hive of industry and ingenuity such a place is, the enormous number of details that have to be considered, the great organising powers that are called into play. Few imagine, further, that behind the curtain there is at least as much space as there is before it, and that though that space is obviously large, every corner of it is a scene of much work. Our drawing should prove our point; and it should be said, by the way, that Drury Lane is nothing if not up-to-date. Everything that can be done to facilitate speedy change of scenes, and so forth, is done: a very necessary thing when it is recalled that in "Jack and the Beanstalk," for instance, there are, including the harlequinade, seventeen scenes.

For the details from which this sectional drawing was made we are indebted to Mr. P. E. Pilditch, the well-known architect, and Mr. Ernest D'Auban, the stage-manager.'

The Illustrated London News, Dec 31, 1910 - Image Courtesy Mark Fox, Really Useful Theatres

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