Advertisement for the Grand Star Company for Xmas at the Charing Cross Music Hall reverse
Medium: Print on paper
This is the reverse of the poster.
In 1866 brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti acquired premises under two of the arches beneath the new Charing Cross Railway Station. A year later, they opened them 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 advertisement issued as a New Year card.
Featured here is Bessie Bonehill (1855-1902), a male impersonator with a clear and powerful voice and 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 the more famous Marie Lloyd, perhaps the finest of music hall's comic women singers. Like her sister, Daisy enjoyed a long stage career, which extended to the Second World War when she entertained the troops.