Poster advertising a seventh-anniversary performance at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Upton, James
The Canterbury Theatre of Varieties was the first of the great music halls. It staged a wide variety of acts, from magicians and jugglers to poets and comic singers, often with a surprisingly large number included in one evening. A typically full programme is advertised on this poster. Many well known names are listed, such as G H Macdermott (1845-1901), "the Great Macdermott", famous for his patriotic songs, and Ada Reeve. Billed "the brilliant little Ada Reeve", she enjoyed a long career as a singer and comedienne, performing as late as the 1950s when she appeared in feature films such as 'They came to a City’', filmed at Ealing Studios.