Poster for the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties 1443
Medium: Print on paper
The Royal Canterbury, or Canterbury Hall as it was first called, was opened in 1851 by Charles Morton on the site of an old skittle alley adjacent to his Canterbury Tavern. The Hall was immediately popular and was reconstructed twice, firstly in 1854 to form the much larger New Canterbury Music Hall and secondly in 1876 to create a three-tier theatre with entrance hall, promenade and lounge.
Many well known artistes performed at the Canterbury Music Hall, among them G H Macdermott (1845-1901), the Great Macdermott famous for his patriotic songs, and Dan Leno (1860-1904), a comedian who became one of the best loved and most famous stars of the English music hall.