Poster for entertainment at the Royal Music Hall
Medium: Print on paper
The theatre was renamed the Royal Music Hall in 1868, and then changed names again in 1892, becoming the Royal Holborn Theatre of Varieties. So successful was it in that decade it began to rival Charles Morton's Canterbury Theatre, which was the most popular and profitable in London.
The hall's formative and most influential years were presided over by an exacting chairman and master of ceremonies, WB Fair. He chose the acts, warmed the audience up for each succeeding performance, and encouraged them at all times to interact with the performers throughout the evening. Fair was thus responsible for introducing to the London stage some of the most famous music hall acts, including Bessie Bellwood and JH Stead.