Own a piece of theatre history!

 

A bookmark handmade from the original teak support beams of the Queens/Sondheim theatre, the home of Les Misérables.

 

This Teak is very special, sometimes called gods gift to boat builders, it is impervious to water and resistant to rot, swelling and cracking. It’s high oil content makes it immune to wood boring insects too, this also gives it a silky feel and smells almost like leather. In history the Theatre and sailing worlds often intertwined, with terminology, equipment and even staff being used in both fields. This teak was originally the main stage beams at the Sondheim theatre (previously Queens) in London’s West End. Originally installed in 1907, These beams had the stage deck tongue and groove boards secured on top. In 2019 these beams were removed in order to lower the entire stage to accommodate the new production of Les Misérables and replaced with steel. I was fortunate enough to be offered several of these beams and its a privilege to be able to work with them, teak like this is extremely rare now and having worked at the theatre for over 8 years previously this wood not only represents theatre history but a part of mine too.

 

The bookmarks are laser engraved with the theatre names and the inscription "On this page, I write my last confession" on the opposite face.

 

Sanded and finished with danish oil and paste wax to bring out the natural grain and colour or the wood. Complete with handmade Tricolore tassel and certificate of authenticity

 

Each bookmark measures approximately 130x37x1.5mm

 

Given the nature of the wood, each piece is unique and although you will not receive one of the bookmarks in the picture, it will be very similar.

 

Price shown is for 1 individual bookmark

Queens/Sondheim Theatre Teak Bookmark

£15.00Price