Poster advertising the Whitsun celebrations at the Alhambra Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Johnson, WR
Medium: Print on paper
The Alhambra Theatre, in London's Leicester Square, caught fire and was destroyed on 7 December 1882. According to popular myth, one of the firemen attending the scene was the Prince of Wales, who narrowly avoided being killed by a falling wall; it is however not clear where or how this story originated, and it seems very unlikely to be true. The theatre was rebuilt by Charles Morgan and reopened on 3 December 1883. Comic operas and magic acts were performed at the Alhambra, but the theatre's real speciality was ballet and spectacle. The Odeon Cinema stands on the site today.