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Handbill for the Sebright Music Hall, Hackney Road, London. 24 August 1903

The bill includes ‘Silent Devonport’. Around this time the name Davenport was sometimes incorrectly spelt. Whether this was Lewis Davenport’s wish, or whether it was printer errors, is not clear. At this time most of Lewis’s performing experience had been gained at Working Mens’ Clubs, as was common at the time. Lewis probably saw his inclusion on this music hall bill as a step in the right direction, despite the Sebright being anything but a classy venue. History does not tell what Lewis thought of The Lady Wrestlers on the bill. The Management’s comment ” A Gold Centre Medal to any woman (or man not over 9st. 6lbs.) who makes the best show against Miss Mathias during the week” is not encouraging.

Item Details

Size Single sided 125 x 185mm.
Date 24 August 1903
People , , , , , , ,
Acts The Lady Wrestlers; Sisters Milford; Lydia Reece; Nelly Montague; Tom Hall's Nippers; Tiny Arnold; Chas. Clayton; Bert Johnson; The Stereo-Matagraph; Silent Devonport; a Thriller "A Tiger's Call"
Ref no N2916 Pr.Dav11