Poster advertising the Grand Star Company for Xmas 1893 at Gatti's Charing Cross Music Hall
Printer: Philip Brothers
Medium: Print on paper
In 1866 brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti acquired two of the arches under the new Charing Cross Station and opened them a as a music hall the following year. The hall was affectionately known as Gatti's-Under-the-Arches to avoid confusion with the brothers' other music hall in the Westminster Bridge Road, Gatti's-Over-the-Water, or in-the-Road. Gatti's-Under-the-Arches was renamed the Hungerford Music Hall in 1883 and later became the Charing Cross Music Hall, as it is called in this poster of 1893.
One of the many stars who appeared on this stage was Gus Elen (1862-1940). Listed here as "the great character comedian", he had previously been known as a "blackface comedian". However,he left off his black make-up to play the cockney comedian with songs such as 'E Dunno Where 'E Are', 'If It Wasn't For The 'Ouses In Between' and 'Wait Till The Work Comes Round'.