Poster advertising entertainment for the Easter Holiday at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Upton, James
The Canterbury Theatre of Varieties was the first of the great music halls. It staged a diverse range of acts from magicians and jugglers to poets and comic singers. A typically full programme is advertised on this poster. Many well known names are listed, including G H Macdermott (1845-1901), the Great Macdermott famous for his patriotic songs, and Bessie Bonehill (1855-1902), who specialised in male impersonations.
Also on the bill is Dan Leno (1860-1904), whose comic songs, wide range of music hall characters and brilliant use of mime made him one of the best loved and most famous stars of English music hall and pantomime. From 1888 to 1903, he appeared in every Drury Lane pantomime, usually playing the part of the old dame - most notably, Widow Twankey in 'Aladdin' in 1896, and as the title role in 'Mother Goose', a part created specially for him in 1902.