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Poster announcing the change of company appearing at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties in February 1892

Poster announcing the change of company appearing at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties in February 1892

Printer: Stevens, G.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1892/08/02

Shelfmark: Evan.555

Item number: 555

Genre: Poster

The Canterbury Theatre of Varieties was the first of the great music halls. Many types of entertainment would be billed, from performing animals and acrobats to comic singers and beautiful dancers. This poster advertises a typically full programme with some well-known names, including Bessie Bellwood (1847-1896), famous for her cockney humour and rousing songs. Many performers, such as Carl Hermann Unthan, became famous as a result of their appearances on the stage at the Canterbury. C H Unthan, described here as "the Armless Wonder", had only one arm but was able to astonish his audience by playing the piano and the violin with his feet.

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