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Poster for Grand Christmas Festivities at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Poster for Grand Christmas Festivities at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Printer: Stevens, Geo.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1891/02/08

Shelfmark: Evan.1122

Item number: 1122

Genre: Poster

Mr Gus Elen (1862-1940), whose act is one of many featured on this poster for the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties, was a 'Coster comedian'. He appeared on stage as a cockney but, unlike his fellow stars Albert Chevalier (1861-1923) and Alex Hurley, he did not idealise the role of working-class Londoner. Instead he sang about the reality of daily life in the East End with songs such as 'If it wasn't for the 'Ouses in between' and 'Wait till the work comes round'. His cockney songs and humour were greatly admired. Although his act was widely imitated, no-one quite equalled his performances.

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