[Children's Theater]. [C[arlos] B[arral] Nualart. Theatre des Enfants. Barcelona: Industrias graficas Seix I Barral, 1918. French issue of one of the earliest and most luxurious toy theaters produced by the famous Seix I Barral publishers of Barcelona. Complete with the elaborate proscenium and the folding rigging which supported the scenes for the various plays. Preserved in the original box with instructions on the underside of the lid. Box and lid worn. Very good.
[With]: Le Triomphe de la BontÃ©, La Madre, and El Mercader de Venecia. Barcelona: I.G. Seix & Barral, various dates. Three of the plays produced for use with Theatre des Enfants. The first in French, the latter two in Spanish. Complete with all the characters, scripts and scenery for the production of each of these plays, each contained in the original folding envelope (the two titles in Spanish sometime corrected to accurately reflect the contents by the application of a revised title). Rarely found complete.
Industrias graficas Seix I Barral, the major children's theater producers of the early twentieth century, issued their first theater in 1915. The current example was produced in 1918 and is the most elaborate theater produced by the company. The individual plays were sold separately from the theaters. At the time of the production of this theater, there were only three plays available, one of which, Le Triomphe de la BontÃ©, is included with this set. In the information printed on the underside of the lid to the box of this theater, the publishers announce that more plays are in production. In fact, the company would, over the next 38 years, issue a total of 23 plays, each of which could be shown in any of their theaters. The publishers were known for their beautiful, detailed and elaborate sets. Each play consisted of two booklets containing a list of the characters and the script, the scenery to be used for each act, and a color printed card containing the characters to be cut out and used in the play. These were all contained in a folding envelope which had instructions for how to set up the play printed on the rear flap. The plays were produced in Spanish, French and English, and were celebrated all over Europe.