This is a ticket for Professor Herrmann’s First Complimentary Benefit at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly on Tuesday afternoon 4 February 1873. The ticket is for a Fauteuil for a price of 10s 6d.
The Fakir of Oolu (real name Alfred Sylvester) performed at the Egyptian Hall for Easter week. There were six performances each day for both 3pm and 8pm. Notice the high ticket prices, as tended to be the case at the Egyptian Hall.
This programme for the Fakir of Oolu was for Easter Week commencing 14 April 1873. Although not mentioned on the front page, page 3 tells us that in addition to the Fakir’s astounding entertainment, the Star of Bermuda is also engaged. No other name is given, but we are told that this is positively his first and only appearance in London. It is tempting to believe that this is a fictitious name designed to hide the identity of various performers.
There is a handwritten note on page 3 of the programme that tells us that: There were three professor[s] of Legerdemain assisted [sic] in this Entertainment during this week, viz
a Mr Alexander, a Foreigner.
Mr Mathews, Second Sight.
Mr Brougham, Legerdemain.
This print from a newspaper hand dated 5 May 1873 shows the Blue Grotto at Capri, recently visited by the Duke of Edinburgh and his fiancee. The accompanying newspaper cutting recalls how Albert Smith described the grotto in his entertainment. The date and source of the item including a print of bearded Albert Smith are unknown. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.
Two press cuttings concern her 1860 Egyptian Hall appearances. The longest cutting from the ‘Era’ dated 17 December 1881 is her obituary. Miss Emma Stanley was a talented, versatile entertainer who had huge success touring her entertainment ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’, a show which she performed around the world. The items shown here were assembled on a piece of card by an unknown collector. The programme for ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’ is from the Assembly Rooms, Seaford for the night of 20 August 1873. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.
Maskelyne and Cooke first opened at the Egyptian Large Hall on 26 May 1873. This 4 page programme appears to be the same bill as on a poster which advertises the shows starting on 26 May.
Undated but must be 1873, some time after Maskelyne and Cooke’s debut at the Egyptian Hall in May 1873. The small print tells us that they are ‘now on a short Provincial Tour, previous to re-opening for a permanency at the Egyptian Hall London in November.’ The Bow and Bromley Institute is in east London.
This piece advertises the start of the new season of Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke’s marvellous entertainment on Monday evening, 10 November 1873.
This is a promotional piece about Herr Schalkenbach, The Electric Musician, consisting of reviews of his performances at The Canterbury Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, May 1873. The date of the first review from ‘The Era’ is incorrect. It should be 4 May 1873. On page 1 of the item is a hand-written note that Schalkenbach was at the Egyptian Hall on 30 December 1876. George Jenness in his book on the Maskelynes at the Egyptian Hall also says that Schalkenbach was at the Hall over that Christmas.
Single sheet, mounted on thin card.