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.

The advertisement on page 4 includes financial figures for year ending 25 March 1889. This programme is probably from the Christmas season 1889 which started on 15 December according to Jenness. Morritt was still in the show at the time. So the likely date is between 15 December 1889 and some time in 1890.

Although the cover says FROM the Egyptian Hall, implying that this is a touring programme, it is in fact an Egyptian Hall programme. No doubt there were some of these programmes, which had pre-printed full colour covers, left over from the October to December 1886 tour and Maskelyne decided to use them up by printing the Egyptian Hall programme on pages 2 and 3. 10 January 1887 is written on the cover. This is probably correct as the bill is consistent with the 1886 Christmas season.

This is an unusual programme dated 4 November 1887. It is a Private Representation, the purpose of which was to showcase to the press Maskelyne’s new sketch ‘Arcana, or Original Research’. At the conclusion of ‘Arcana’ Herr and Madame Curt Schulz gave a recital in the Withdrawing Room.

At the bottom of page 3 it says that Cleopatra’s Needle will be revived shortly. It was introduced in December 1887, according to Jenness. The bill includes ‘Arcana’ which was first produced on 5 November 1887. So the date of the programme must be around November 1887 to December 1887.

An advertisement on the back page includes financial figures for the year ending 25 March 1889. The date 26 January 1890 is written on the cover. There is no reason to doubt this as the bill appears to be consistent with the 1889 Christmas season.

The programme date is probably somewhere in the November to December 1887 period. At the bottom of page 3 it says that the magical sketch Cleopatra’s Needle will be revived shortly. It was actually revived in December 1887, according to the book by George Jenness on the Egyptian Hall. The bill also includes Arcana, which was first produced on 5 November 1887, again according to Jenness. So the date of the programme must be around November to December 1887.