Poster advertising the Grand Whitsuntide Company appearing at the Oxford Theatre
Medium: Print on paper
The Oxford Music Hall was built on the site of the old Boar and Castle Inn on the junction Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. From its opening night it was a very fashionable venue, with large chandeliers, an enormous mirror and the finest food and drink. Unusually for variety halls, the audience was generally made up of gentlemen from the upper classes, leaving their wives behind with female friends.
This bill advertises the Whitsuntide Company. Whit Sunday is otherwise known as the Pentecost, and is a Christian festival 50 days after Easter. A bank holiday was instituted at Whitsuntide during the 19th century and many people visited the theatre at this time.