I have a thing about the old playbill posters, just love wood type for a start but I alway find it fascinating how they playfully squashed so much type in so little space! Pictured top is a print available from V&A, bottom is a favourite from my FLICKR GALLERY on Vintage playbills.
For anyone interested in playbills pay a visit to LEEDS PLAYBILLS
This site is making available all the playbills in the Local Studies Library collection from a wide range of Leeds Theatres such as The City Varieties, The Grand, The Princess and the Theatre Royal. The site provides a unique insight into theatre life in Leeds between 1781 and the 1990's. The site also contains some circus bills, such as those from Pablo Fanque's Circus.
UPDATE interesting read here on WOODTYPER that goes more in depth into Leeds Playbill site