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Poster for the South London Palace 1108

Poster for the South London Palace 1108

Printer: FFW Oldfield & Co

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1894

Shelfmark: Evan.1108

Item number: 1108

Genre: Poster

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.

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