• Full title:   Yarmouth races, marine regatta, &c. Vauxhall Gardens, Suspension Bridge. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of July, 1840, grand gala, promenade musicales, under the especial patronage of the stewards of the races, J. Symonds . . . An engagement has been formed with a brilliant constellation of artists: Mr. Gibbs, leader of the principal London Concerts, and a party of other gentlemen, to be aided by the double band . . . In the vocal department, the public will be gratified to learn that the services are engaged of the celebrated Mr. J. Plumpton of the Royal Albert Saloon . . . Miss E. Watson, of the St. James' and Nobilities' Concerts, and late of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane . . . Mr Chas. Rayner the celebrated comic and dialogue singer, from the City of London Theatre and Grecian Saloon. . . . The entertainments will commence with a grand overture and chorus . . . after which, the following musical novelties . . . In addition to the foregoing, My Symonds begs to announce that he has, at an extraordinary expense, succeeded in engaging the infant Boscius Master Raymond Hill, only five years of age, and whose astonishing abilities have been the theme of wonder and admiration at the City of London and Queen's Theatres, and is allowed by all that have seen him to be a man in miniature. Master Hill and Mr. & Mrs. Hill will appear in an entirely new vaudeville, written expressly for Master Hill, by C.A. Somerset, Esq. . . . In the course of each evening will also be introduced several favourite dances by Signor & Signora Nathani, from the Royal Albert Saloon . . . the whole to conclude with a magnificent display of fire-works, by Mr. W. Jones & Madam Hengler, Artists & Pyrotechnists to Her Majesty . . . Admission one shilling. No person allowed en dishabille. On Friday morning, 24th July, 1840, the Grand Horticultural Show and splendid day fete . . . Admission one shilling
  • Published:   1840 , Great Yarmouth
  • Formats:  Playbill
  • Usage terms Public Domain
  • Held by  British Library
  • Shelfmark:   N.Tab.2012/6(1ii) (176)


In July 1840 an exciting array of public entertainments were put on at Great Yarmouth to coincide with the annual races. A regatta, gala, and recitals were among the events paid for by racing officials. Musicians, actors, singers and dancers from London’s foremost concert halls and salons were employed to entertain the crowds, including Raymond Hill, a famous child actor procured from the London stage at ‘extraordinary expense’. Hill, known as the ‘Infant Roscius’ after the Roman celebrity comic, was scheduled to perform a vaudeville act with his parents. The three-day celebrations concluded with an evening of fireworks, followed the next morning by a horticultural show and fete.