Click here to skip to content

Poster for a benefit matinee at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties 1119

Poster for a benefit matinee at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties 1119

Printer: Wilkes & Co.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1894/09/28

Shelfmark: Evan.1119

Item number: 1119

Genre: Poster

This poster for the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties advertises a benefit performance for Mr Fred Evans, one of the most popular clowns of the 19th century. The benefit matinee was held to provide him with some financial assistance at a time when, perhaps due to sickness, he was not able to work. Performers who appeared on such a programme would "kindly give their valuable services" for free, so only the most successful artistes who could afford to waive their fees in this way would appear. This benefit programme features such major stars as Dan Leno (1860-1904) and Charles Godfrey (1851-1900). Dan Leno, with his comic songs, wide range of music hall characters and brilliant use of mime, became one of the best loved and most famous stars of the English music hall and pantomime.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: