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Poster for an evening's entertainment at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Poster for an evening's entertainment at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Printer: Smith, Walter

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1884/07/18

Shelfmark: Evan.570

Item number: 570

Genre: Poster

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.

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