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Original Theatre Royal Drury Lane Lobby Display Board

Original lobby display board from the historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane created and signed by artist and stage designer Peter Bax for the 1928-1929 London run of the iconic Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical “Showboat,” which debuted on Broadway in New York in 1927. Peter Bax became part of the BBC in 1934 and in 1936 assumed the position of the BBC's overall Artistic Director. Although this lobby board appears at first glance to be needlework, it’s actually hand-painted in imitation of cross stitch on fine burlap and carries the motto of river boat gambler Gaylord Ravenal, the musical’s male lead.