Comédie-Royale / Jean III (1912). Leonetto Cappiello (Italian, 1875-1942)

Poster. Printer: Imp. P. Vercasson, Paris

“Sacha Guitry (1885-1957) was one of the major celebrities of the French theater; here, he both wrote and starred in Jean III at the Comédie-Royale, a play in which a young prince, who just happens to dabble in amateur theatricals against the wishes of his family, jumps at the chance to play himself in a local production, with expected hilarious results. The play opened on March 7, 1912.

Cappiello’s depiction of Guitry is grounded in the caricature tradition, catching the actor’s dashing stage presence with acute insight.”

Source: Books and Art

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