Poster advertising a benefit performance at Gatti's Palace of Varieties 572
When brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti, with Giuseppe Marconi, received compensation for the loss of their restaurant in Hungerford Market, which had been demolished to make way for Charing Cross Railway Station, they opened another venue in the Westminster Bridge Road. This was licensed as a music hall in 1865. To avoid confusion with the Gatti's other hall, in the arches under the new Charing Cross Station, it became known as Gatti's-Over-the-Water, or in-the-Road. Rebuilt in 1883 to hold 1,183 people in a two-tier auditorium, it reopened under the name of Gatti's Palace of Varieties.
This poster of 1892 advertises a benefit show. The artistes featured on such a programme were not paid, so only the most successful performers would have appeared. Among the many names listed here are some of the outstanding stars of the music hall, including Dan Leno (1860-1904), famous for his comic songs, characterisation and use of mime, and Marie Lloyd (1870-1922), perhaps the finest of comic women singers.