Spectacle Gratis lithograph

Spectacle Gratis lithograph

In order to gain admittance to a popular play in an 18th century London theatre, it was necessary to arrive at least an hour before the house opened. There were no decorous queues in those days and no individual numbered seats, so the rush, especially for the cheap bench seats in the pit, sometimes resulted in fights and serious injury. Even the more expensive sections were crammed on a good night.