Sunday, December 08, 2013

The Arabian Nights Ball at the Royal Opera House: 1911


I'm completely charmed by this little piece of ephemera. From 1911, this is the programme for "The Arabian Nights Ball" hosted at the Royal Opera House by the Foreign Ambassadors to the Court of St James. Die cut in the shape of a fan it it stitched together and as well as providing a list of the public dances there were also, it appears, a number of stories from The Arabian Nights re-enacted in pageant form. What a night it must have been. My Edwaridan heart skips a beat to think of it.

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