Poster for the South London Palace 1108
Printer: FFW Oldfield & Co
Medium: Print on paper
One of the performers advertised on this music hall playbill is Alec Hurley, sometimes known as ‘The Coster King’. He performed as a cockney character, and employed rhyming slang for comedic purposes. He had a fantastic tenor voice and was popular with audiences of all classes. Unfortunately he lived much of his life in the shadow of his more famous wife Marie Lloyd. The so-called Queen of the Music Halls, she left Hurley for a man 17 years his junior. It is said that he never recovered, and died a bitter man.