Some of the British Library’s collection of playbills have been indexed and are available here: http://blplaybills.org.
From the website: “Playbills.org is a research tool to find and view playbills (theatre posters) from some collections of the British Library’s theatrical playbills.
It does not contain everything the Library has to offer, but has access to about 80,000 playbills made available by the Library under a Creative Commons license.
These include playbills digitised from over 500 physical volumes of theatrical English, Scottish, and Irish playbills between 1600 and 1902 (mostly 19th century).”
The LibCrowds project to transcribe and tag playbills is browsable here: https://www.libcrowds.com/collection/playbills/browse
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