Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Ephemera – Birmingham – Music Hall Programme Day’s Crystal Palace of Varieties, in Smallbrook Street, double sided silk souvenir programme 23rd September 1886. Grand special Performance being the 24th Anniversary of the opening of the above Magnificent Hall. Large extended bill of 31 different arts Including Harry Randall then a rising star of a great comedian of the Music Hall and close personal friend of Dan Leno. It was in this year at Day’s Crystal Palace and at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham for the Christmas season in Robinson Crusoe, he established himself as a leading entertainer in both Music Hall and pantomime Obverse Detailing with listing the Acts etc. The reverse has a most magnificent view of the interior of this Concert Hall. Ornately printed in blue and red, size 9½” ´ 11½”. Days Crystal Palace Concert Hall, opened on 18th October 1862. It was sold to Edward Moss of the Moss Empires Ltd. chain in September 1893, and was partially altered to build his new Empire Palace Theatre. The Empire Palace of Varieties opened on 7th May 1894 with Gus Ellen topping the bill. Over the years all the top names in music hall and variety played at the Birmingham Empire, including Marie Lloyd and Harry Lauder. The end came abruptly in October 1940, when the Empire Theatre was hit by German bombs, and was left in ruins. This is the most attractive 19th Century Music Hall Silk Souvenir Programme we have ever seen. In almost as new condition.