31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. This programme is probably early to mid 1904 because it does not include Walter Graham or Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘Next Autumn’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, includes the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’. On page 4 there is a square full stop after the words SHARPS AND FLATS.
Maskelyne & Cooke’s Mysteries was at the Town Hall, Folkestone for nine nights and three matinees. The Managing Partner of the Provincial Company was David Devant, who was a major performer in this show. There were also two magical sketches: ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ and ‘Will, the Witch and the Watchman’.
The Davenports was Lewis Davenport with his first wife Julia. As part of the act Julia did card manipulations, hence her billing as Lady Card Manipulator.
This is a reproduction poster made in 2000 from the original which was then in the Nielsen Collection.
The bill includes The marvellous Davenports silent magicians and illusionists.
31st consecutive year in London (1903-04). For dating purposes, page 3 says ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. The date is therefore 1904. Note that Lady Kitty Greensward is in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’. In the collection is another programme, identical but for the fact that Lady Kitty Greensward is NOT in the cast.