21st consecutive year in London (1893-94). The bill includes Devant with sleight of hand, and ‘The Artist’s Dream’ sketch. According to Jenness, this sketch was first presented on 4 September 1893. Jenness also says that at Easter 1894 Devant was also billed as presenting electric shadows, which are not on the bill for this programme. The likely programme date is therefore between 4 September 1893 and Easter 1894.

The bill includes Le Cocon which was presented between 2 May and 22 October 1887, according to Jenness. Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday.

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday. This programme is shown courtesy the Paul Kieve Collection.

The bill includes ‘The Bloomsbury Proper-ganders of Spiritualism’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. The programme includes ‘Special engagement of Mr. Charles Bertram’. Unlike programme Ref. no. N1570, the Christmas holidays are not mentioned. It is therefore possible that this programme is later in the Christmas season 1888. The date might therefore be the first part of 1889.

The bill includes ‘Arcana’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. ‘Arcana’ continued for at least 8 months into 1888. The bill is identical to that of programme Ref. no. N1568, so the date may well be summer 1888. Note that this programme is Price one penny, whereas no price is given on N1568.

6th year in London. The programme date will be soon after 30 March 1878 because it mentions that Messrs. Turquand & Pelham in their Dramatic and Mimetic Recitals are also performing at the Hall. An earlier programme (Ref. no. N1496) tells us that these recitals will be ‘on and after 30 March’. Part of the back page is not readable as a result of the programme being removed from a scrapbook. This may explain why no printer’s date is visible.

Page 3 of the programme mentions that ‘Arcana’ and Le Cocon are in preparation. According to the Jenness book on the Egyptian Hall, ‘Arcana’ was first produced on 5 November 1887. De Kolta appeared at the Hall from 23 December 1886, but he first presented Le Cocon, which is not on this bill, on 2 May 1887. Therefore the likely date of this programme is 23 December 1886 to 2 May 1887. Note that the insurance advertisement on page 4 mentions financial figures for the year ending 25 Mar 1886.

The likely date is in the period 11 November 1880 to 27 January 1881. The programme includes ‘The Temptations of Good St. Anthony’ sketch, which Jenness said was introduced on 11 November 1880. In addition, the programme includes the words ‘every evening at eight’, whereas Jenness says that from 27 January 1881 there would be no evening peformances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. See also the programme Ref. no. N1515.

The likely date is in the period 11 November 1880 to 27 January 1881. The programme includes ‘The Temptations of Good St. Anthony’ sketch, which Jenness said was introduced on 11 November 1880. In addition, the programme includes the words ‘every evening at eight’, whereas Jenness says that from 27 January 1881 there would be no evening peformances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This programme is almost the same as Ref. no. N1514. It differs only in that the extra word [GRATIS.] is to be found on pages 2 and 3.