The advertisement on page 4 includes financial figures for year ending 25 March 1889. According to Jenness, on 5 August 1889 the Hall reopened with Ganthony and Morritt, who are both on this bill. Later, from 21 October 1889, Holden was at the Hall for about a month. Since Holden is not on this bill, the programme date is probably between 5 August 1889 and 21 October 1889.

A note on page 3 makes it clear that this is an evening programme and that the matinee programme is entirely different and includes Charles Bertram. According to Jenness, Bertram first appeared on 17 December 1885. The programme date is therefore likely to be after mid December 1885 or into 1886.

The date written on the cover is 1884. This date must be incorrect because it was not until 7 August 1886 that Bertram presented the Vanishing Lady illusion, standing in for de Kolta. J.N. Maskelyne is on this bill so it is probably safe to assume that the date must be before 25 September, the date at which the Maskelyne and Cooke season ended because of the start of a provincial tour. Jenness reports that the Hall shut between 20 November and 23 December 1886, from which time de Kolta was on the bill. Since he is not on this bill, the date of the programme is probably between 7 August and 25 September. The programme has a sticker at the top. Note the incorrect spelling of Maskelyne.

The bill includes ‘Arcana’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

The bill includes ‘Arcana’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

The bill includes ‘Arcana’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

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 for the Christmas holidays of Mr. Charles Bertram’. The likely date is therefore the Christmas season 1888.

1880 is pencilled on the cover, but the date is more likely early 1881. The programme includes the sketch ‘The Temptations of Good St. Anthony’ which, according to Jenness in his Egyptian Hall book, was introduced on 11 November 1880. Jenness also says that on 27 January 1881 Maskelyne announced that there would be no evening performances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which is consistent with the details in this programme.

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.