Poster advertising a benefit performance at Gatti's Palace of Varieties 553
Medium: Print on paper
When brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti, with Giuseppe Marconi, received compensation for the loss of their restaurant in Hungerford Market, which was demolished to make way for Charing Cross Railway Station, they opened another venue in the Westminster Bridge Road. This was licensed as a music hall in 1865. To avoid confusion with the Gatti's other hall, in the arches under the new Charing Cross Station, it became known as Gatti's-Over-the-Water, or in-the-Road. Rebuilt in 1883 to hold 1,183 people in a two-tier auditorium, it reopened under the name of Gatti's Palace of Varieties.
This poster of 1887 advertises a benefit show for Harry Evans. The artistes featured on such a programme would not have been paid, so only the most successful performers, who could afford to waive their fees, appeared. Listed on this bill is Dan Leno (1860-1904), whose wide range of music hall characters and brilliant use of mime made him perhaps one of the best loved and most famous stars of English music hall and pantomime.