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Poster advertising the Middlesex Music Hall 584

Poster advertising the Middlesex Music Hall 584

Printer: Pewtress & Co

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: Evan.584

Item number: 584

Genre: Poster

In the 17th century, the site of this music hall was an inn known as The Great Mogul or The Mogul Tavern. It was renovated and renamed the Middlesex Music Hall in 1851, whilst retaining the tavern's liquor license. The New London Theatre, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, stands on the same site today.

Prominently featured on this advertisement is Herbert Campbell, who was a particularly famous comedian in the world of music hall and had a long contract with the Middlesex. He started his career as a black-and-white minstrel but became more famous for his songs in the character of a pantomime dame, in which he impersonated a woman, wearing dresses, wigs and padding.

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