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Souvenir theatre programme. This souvenir programme for The London Hippodrome was probably published soon after the venue's grand opening in 1900. Ancient Roman hippodromes were designed for horse and chariot racing, as illustrated on the back cover. Modern 'equestrian, equilibristic, antipodean, gymnastic and flying acts' were performed twice a day at The London hippodrome. According to the brochure, London's hippodrome combined all the best features of the ancient concept in a modern, 'modified' form. Performers made use of the gallery's high ceiling, which was constructed from iron and concrete, for 'high dives and snow storm effects'.
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