'London Sketches - At a Music Hall' from the Graphic

Newspaper/Ephemera/Illustration/Image

Description

English

Music hall was one of the most popular forms of affordable mass entertainment in the mid-to-late Victorian period: not as seedy as the pop-up 'Penny Gaffs' it largely superseded, but not as formal or socially exclusive as mainstream theatre or opera. This illustration is accurate in showing a wide range of ages and social classes mingling together over different entertainments.

An evening’s entertainment at a music hall generally consisted of popular scenes and songs from operas, vernacular songs about contemporary urban life, dancers, and even acrobats and trapeze artists. Music halls were also usually licensed premises where alcohol and tobacco were sold.

Full title
'London Sketches - At a Music Hall'
Published
5 April 1873 , London
Format
Newspaper / Ephemera / Illustration / Image
Creator
The Graphic
Held by
British Library
Copyright: © 
British Library Board
Shelfmark
19th Century British Library Newspapers BA3201418292

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