Advertisement for the Grand Star Company for Xmas at the Charing Cross Music Hall
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
In 1866, brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti acquired two of the arches under the new Charing Cross Station and opened them a year later as a music hall. The hall was affectionately known as Gatti's-Under-the-Arches to avoid confusion with the brothers' other music-hall in the Westminster Bridge Road, Gatti's-Over-the-Water or in-the-Road. Gatti's-Under-the-Arches was renamed the Hungerford Music Hall in 1883 and later became the Charing Cross Music Hall, as it is called in this double-sided advertisement issued as a New Year card.
Featured here is Bessie Bonehill (1855-1902), a male impersonator with a clear and powerful voice. She became particularly well known for her patriotic songs, 'Here Stands A Post, Waiting For The Signal' and 'The British Tar'. Also listed is Daisy Lloyd, a sister of Marie Lloyd who was perhaps the finest of all music hall's comic women singers. Daisy also enjoyed a long stage career that extended to the Second World War during which she entertained the troops.