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Poster for entertainment at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Poster for entertainment at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties

Printer: Hoenig, Alex

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Evan.9037

Item number: 9037

Genre: Leaflet

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The Canterbury Theatre of Varieties opened in 1851 on the site of an old skittle alley opposite the Canterbury Tavern. It was extensively rebuilt in 1876 to feature a three-tier theatre, entrance hall, promenade and lounge and soon became a favourite venue for performers and audiences alike.

On this occasion, probably in the early 1890s, the entertainment included a variety of different acts from acrobats and stunt performers, such as Leonce who is illustrated here, to well known names including Bessie Bellwood (1847-1896). Bessie became famous for her cockney humour and rousing songs. She delighted audiences with her strong character - and often equally strong language - and her quick wit, which she used to good effect when heckled.

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