It was in Paris, at the end of the XVIII century that a new type of show started to have to have enormous success. It was called "revue de fin d’année", a series of unconnected tableaux that mixed singing, dancing and declamation with the objective of "reviewing" and criticising the most important events of the year that was about to end.


In Portugal, vaudeville theatre arrived the middle of the XIX century, for, as Luiz Francisco Rebello found, it was in Lisbon in 1850 that the first vaudeville play was staged.
The Portuguese public really appreciates vaudeville theatre, having made it one of the most popular of theatrical genres. They have become used, throughout the years, to laughing at the jokes, the anecdotes, the winking of the comics, to admiring the joyous ease of its stars, and to humming the songs these shows launch.
But vaudeville is not restricted to opportune jokes, tune that stays in one’s head, vaudeville is also essentially a colourful show, full of fantasy, one in which the designer find the pretext to expand his imagination.

                        Pormenor de maquete de cenário e figurino para a revista 'Tudo na lua', Companhia Eugénio Salvador, Teatro Maria Vitória, 1959.  Autoria de Pinto de CamposPormenor de maquete de cenário para o quadro 'Lavadeiras' da revista 'Ai bate, bate', Teatro Variedades, 1948.  Autoria de Pinto de CamposFotografia de Ivone Silva

That is why the National Theatre Museum has considered important to convey the work of the designers who have worked for vaudeville theatre.

Thanks to the donations made by Eugénio Salvador to the National Theatre Museum, this exhibition has been able to show some complete vaudeville numbers, with the costume and set designs, that prove the beauty and originality that Pinto de Campos developed when he was working on a theme. He mixed colours in a most unexpected way, with an unequalled talent for musicals.
Although this exhibition was dedicated to vaudeville theatre, it also payed homage to one its most popular and exceptional stars: Ivone Silva (1935/1987), the last of the important stars. She is remembered by showing 10 of her stage costumes which date from her last performances.