Poster advertising Christmas Holiday attractions at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Upton, James
Medium: Print on paper
Topping the bill here, Gilbert Hastings Macdermott (1845-1901), or "The Great Macdermott", was one of the leading topical and patriotic singers of music hall. His song 'We don't want to fight' introduced the word 'jingoism' - a belligerently patriotic stance in questions of politics - to the English language. Many of his songs were extremely disrespectful, so many music hall managers were sometimes reluctant to employ him for fear of offending those who granted their licences.
Attending Boxing Day performances was a very popular custom during the 19th century. Such entertainments laid the foundations for our modern pantomimes.