Advert for the South London Palace 2518
Printer: Elliot, JW
Medium: Print on paper
Opened in 1860 as the South London Music Hall, this large theatre seated up to 4,000 people. Its most productive and lucrative years were 1873 to 1880, when it was managed by Henry Speedy and John Poole.
One of the performers advertised here is Fred Evans. He was one of the most popular clowns of the period, part of a large family of circus and music hall performers. His nephews were slapstick performers during the same period, and his grandson, and namesake, would later become famous for his creation of the pantomime character ‘Pimple’.