Royal Holborn Theatre of Varieties programme: 1900
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Royal Holborn Theatre of Varieties programme. This theatre programme for the Royal Holborn Theatre of Varieties features a colour chromoligthograph image of facade of theatre on the cover. The artists listed performing, on 22 October 1900, include the comedienne Vesta Victoria and the American Comedy Four described as 'Harmonious Part-singing Extraordinary'. The list of acts is bordered by numerous advertisements including pianos for sale, Sulpholine skin lotion, and alcoholic drinks and cigars sold in theatre outlets. Opened on 16 November 1857, as Weston's Music Hall, after its owner Charles Weston, the theatre was renamed the Royal Music Hall in 1868, and changed names again in 1892, becoming the Royal Holborn Theatre of Varieties. The last surviving theatre in the West End to stage variety shows, it was destroyed during the Blitz in 1941.
1900 AD - 1900 AD