Comedy, variety, vaudeville and music hall - forms of entertainment that have over the years provided many house hold names. We have a large and expertly researched collection of images recording popular artists from across the eras.
The archives of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, and The Mander and Mitchenson Collection provide high quality and rare images of Edwardian and Victorian vaudeville and music hall stars including Vesta Tilley, Marie Lloyd, Dan Leno, Little Tich, George Leybourne and Vesta Victoria, as well as the post WWI variety stars such as George Formby, Gracie Fields, Arthur Askey, Max Miller, Bob Hope, Will Hay, and Flanagan and Allen and also include TV stars Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse and Bruce Forsyth.
Our more modern material from photographers such as Steve Ullathorne, Marilyn Kingwill, Frazer Ashford, Steve Gillet and Pete Jones, covers all the great comedians of our time including Billy Connolly, Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson, Eddie Izzard, Rik Mayall, and Ade Edmondson - right up to current stars Will Ferrell, Tig Notaro, Michael Mcintyre, Stewart Lee and Lee Evans - both studio portraiture as well as stand up and other stage performance.
We also have hard-to-find images of troupes such as the Goons, the Cambridge Footlights, Monty Python's Flying Circus, the Gang Show and Spitting Image and the Carry On Stars Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor et al throughout their careers. Not everything we have is online – so if you are looking for something in particular and can’t see it please ask
A huge choice of high resolution Comedy and Variety images are available now for immediate download and licensing
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