Saving Shakespeare's Birthplace
10. Shows inspired by the sale
Brand new theatrical performances were inspired by the sale and public enthusiasm for anything connected with Shakespeare.
J S Coyne wrote a new, one act, musical comedy entitled This House to be Sold. It was performed 87 times between 9 September 1847 and 25 January 1848.
Performance poster, 1847 - 48
Poster promoting the play This House to be Sold. It features a character called Chatterton Chopkins who buys Shakespeare's Birthplace and then meets Shakespeare's ghost when he spends a night at the property. The poster is similar in style to that advertising the real Birthplace sale.
Printed by W S Johnson, Nassau Steam Press, 60 St Martin's Lane.
See below for other performance posters
Madame Warton staged A Night with Shakespeare! at The Walhalla Gallery, Leicester Square, London.
A new play, Shakspere, His Life and Times, ran from Monday 23 August 1847 all week at the New Strand Theatre in London. The main attraction was the opening scene which featured a huge view of the Birthplace engraved on wood.