Poster for an evening's entertainment at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Smith, Walter
Medium: Print on paper
The Canterbury Theatre of Varieties was the first of the great music halls. Opened in 1851 and reconstructed in 1876, the three-tier theatre boasted an entrance hall, promenade, lounge and a remarkable sliding roof. This must sometimes have been a most welcome feature as theatres were often uncomfortably hot and badly ventilated.
This poster lists a typically wide variety of acts - there might sometimes be as many as 50 in one evening. Well known names including Jenny Hill (1851-1896), famous for her energetic style of singing and dancing, are listed alongside acrobats, comedians, and the lion tamers Colonel Boone and Miss Carlotta with their den of five performing lions.