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The Music Hall and Theatre History Site
Dedicated to Arthur Lloyd, 1839 - 1904.

 

Updates to the site in 2011

31st December 2011

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - New Image Added

30th December 2011

George Hoare at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - New Article and Video Added

29th December 2011

Belfast Theatres - Page Updated and Many New Articles and Details Added

26th December 2011

The Albert Hall, Swansea - New Listing Added for this early Music Hall which is in need of restoration and reopening

24th December 2011

Neil Sean has kindly sent in this Exclusive Interview with Des O'Connor detailing his early career in variety

23rd December 2011

Christmas Pantomimes in the 1950s - A new Article by David Garratt

21st December 2011

Followspots and Limes - New Images Added

The Dewsbury Empire - A Radio Play by Neil Sean, based on the Theatre, Added

18th December 2011

The Royalty Theatre, Morecambe - New Listing Added

The Theatre Royal, Swansea - New Listing Added

17th December 2011

Windmill Slides - Many New Details Added to Captions and Corrections Made

16th December 2011

The Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue - Page Updated and Opening Night Programme Added

14th December 2011

Issue 10 of Old Theatres Magazine is now Available

13th December 2011

The Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow - Page Updated and New Image Added - And Details of Graeme Smith's new book on the Theatre Added

12th December 2011

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool - New Images Added

11th December 2011

The Empire Theatre, Cardiff - Complete History and New Images Added

9th December 2011

The New Theatre, Cardiff - More Information Added

The Prince of Wales Theatre / Theatres Royal / Playhouse, Cardiff - New Listing Added

Pavilion Theatre, Whitechapel Road - New Images Added

Holder's Grand Concert Hall, Birmingham - Eight New Tokens for this Music Hall Added

8th December 2011

New Seat Plan Icons Added to the following Theatre pages, courtesy Seatplan.com

Dominion Theatre
Garrick Theatre
Aldwych Theatre

6th December 2011

A Fan Commemorating the opening of the Third Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1794 - New Page Added

5th December 2011

Arthur Lloyd's 'Ill Used Organ Man' - New Song Sheet Added with Music and Lyrics

Saville Theatre, London - New Image of the Tea Set used in the Salon Added

4th December 2011

Palace Theatre of Varieties, Northampton - New Poster Added

3rd December 2011

Raglan Music Hall, Southwark - New Page Added

Arthur Lloyd's Biography - New Information for 1868 Added

2nd December 2011

Empire Theatre, Northampton - New Information Added

28th November 2011

Windmill Slides - Many New Details Added to Captions and Corrections Made

27th November 2011

Derby Hippodrome Fire - Yet another blow for this Grade II Listed Theatre

25th November 2011

Wood Green Empire - New Sketch of its late 1940s manager, George Hoare, Added

The Theatre Royal, Newcastle - Informaton and Image Added for the Robert Arthur period

24th November 2011

The Palace of Varieties, Northampton - Fuller History Added

The First Royal Theatre / Empire Palace of Varieties, Northampton - New Page Added

Northampton Theatres Index Page Updated

23rd November 2011

The Palace of Varieties, Northampton - New Information Added

22nd November 2011

The Theatre Royal, Newcastle - Page Completely Rebuilt and New Articles and Images Added

21st November 2011

Bedford Theatre, Camden - New short piece by one of the site's visitors Added

18th November 2011

The Swansea Empire - New Article by David Garratt Added

17th November 2011

The Jermyn Street Theatre - Page Updated and...
You can now Buy Tickets for Richard Leigh's wonderful period Magic Shows easily from the site

The Oxford Music Hall, London - During building work on the site of the Oxford Music Hall some early platerwork details have been revealed which at the time of writing are a bit of mystery. Is this a remaining fragment of the Oxford Theatre or the Lyons Corner House? See Photo Bottom of Page Here

I have begun adding seat plan icons to the west end Theatre pages courtesy the Independent and noncommercial site Seatplan.com which offers excellent advice on the best seats to book for these Theatres. Added so far are the following:

Adelphi Theatre
CambridgeTheatre
DruryLane
HerMajestysTheatre
LondonPalladium
LyceumTheatre
Novello
PalaceTheatre
QueensTheatre
SavoyTheatre

More to follow soon.

16th November 2011

Theatre Royal, Haymarket - New Information for 1887 Added

The Grand Saloon, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - New Photograph Added

14th November 2011

The Royal Olympic Theatre, London - Page Completely Rebuilt and New Articles and Images Added

13th November 2011

Hulme Hippodrome - Page Updated and New Image Added

Hulme Playhouse - Page Updated and New Image Added

Marie Kendall Added to Commemorative Plaques Page

12th November 2011

The Lyric Theatre, Everton, Liverpool - New Information and Opening Night Poster Added

Details of a wonderful new CD showcasing the music of The Northern Dance Orchestra Added to the Hulme Playhouse Theatre Page

7th November 2011

The Palace Theatre, Swansea - New Listing Added

The Living Theatre, Leicester - New Programme Added

Windmill Slides - Many New Details Added to Captions

6th November 2011

The Theatre Royal, Hyde - New Page Added

5th November 2011

Surrey Theatre / Music Hall, Sheffield - New Information Added

Alexandra Music Hall, Sheffield - New Listing Added

3rd November 2011

The Theatre Royal, New Street, Birmingham - Information on the Royal Patent Added

1st November 2011

The Imperial Theatre, Bordesley, Birmingham - Page Rebuilt and New Article and Images Added

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury - Page Updated

Sadly the Brighton Astoria is to be demolished - Page Updated

31st October 2011

The Woolwich Grand Theatre - Page Updated

29th October 2011

Garrick Theatre, London - New Image Added and page updated

27th October 2011

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool - New Article and Images Added

26th October 2011

Kennington Theatre - New Article and Images Added to the page Here

Agricultural Hall / Gaumont Palace, Wolverhampton - More Information Added

Harold Pinter Theatre - Page Updated and New Photograph Added

Cambridge Theatre, London - New Image Added and Page Updated

Novello Theatre, London - New Image Added and Page Updated

Queen's Theatre, Longacre - New Image Added

25th October 2011

Astoria Theatre, Charring Cross Road - Replacement Theatre Proposal Information Added to the page

24th October 2011

Opera House, Londonderry - Page Rebuilt and New Article and Image Added

Windmill Slides are now all Captioned although some details are as yet unknown

23rd October 2011

The Cheltenham Everyman Theatre - Many New Images Added

22nd October 2011

Half The Windmill Slides Are Now Captioned - More Soon

21st October 2011

In 1940 Kenneth Bandy, who was the House Manager at the Windmill Theatre at the time, set about photographing some of the scenes from the Revudeville shows at the Windmill Theatre on to 35mm colour slides. These slides now belong to Maurice Poole who has had them restored and digitised by David Rose and has kindly sent them in for inclusion on the site. There are 256 of these slides and all you need to do to see them all is to click the image.

In 1940 Kenneth Bandy, who was the House Manager at the Windmill Theatre at the time, set about photographing some of the scenes from the Revudeville shows at the Windmill Theatre on to 35mm colour slides. These slides now belong to Maurice Poole who has had them restored and digitised by David Rose and has kindly sent them in for inclusion on the site. There are 256 of these slides and all you need to do to see them all is to click the image above.

19th October 2011

The Cheltenham Everyman Theatre - Page Rebuilt and New Articles and Images Added

16th October 2011

The Queen's Theatre, Longacre, London - Page Restructured and New Article Added

15th October 2011

Dewsbury Empire - Opening Night Programe Added

Savoy Super Cinema, Northampton - New Video Added

Old Vic, London - New Image Added

Cambridge Theatre, London - New Sketch of the Theatre Added

14th October 2011

Arthur and his family were involved in a near tragedy in 1898 aboard the Steam Ship Ban Righ - Article Added to his Biography

Prince of Wales Theatre, Middlesbrough - New Images and Information Added

1st October 2011

Queen's Theatre, Long Acre - New information on the exact position of this Theatre has now been Added

28th September 2011

The Riverside Theatre, Battersea - Festival Gardens Brochure Extract and Images Added

27th September 2011

Theatre Royal, New Street, Birmingham - New information Added

Theatre Royal, Bradford - New Image Added

26th September 2011

The Grand Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre, Walsall - Four New Photos Added

Novello Theatre - Information about Ivor Novello's flat at the Theatre Added

25th September 2011

Gaiety Theatre, Strand Musick Hall, London - Page Completely Rebuilt and New Articles and Images Added, Special Feature Incorporated and - Page Moved Here

15th September 2011

The Comedy Theatre will be renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre in October - Site Updated to Reflect This and Page Moved Here

The Granville Theatre, Walham Green Fulham - New Image and Programmes Added

14th September 2011

Souvenir Programme for the first Royal Command Performance at the Palace Theatre, London in 1912 - Major New Page Added

Palace Theatre, London - New Image Added

The Royal Opera House, Coventry - New Image Added

13th September 2011

Royal Hippodrome / Hengler's Grand Cirque, Liverpool - Page Restructured to include both venues and New Information Added

12th September 2011

Grand Theatre, Swansea - New Page Added

8th September 2011

Prince's Theatre, Bradford - New Images Added

Andie Caine - New Page Added

Harry Braham and Lizzie Watson - Biographical Details Added Here

7th September 2011

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Page Restructured and New Information and Images Added

6th September 2011

The London Opera House, Kingsway - New Information Added for the 'Come Over Here' Commemorative Glass Jar

Palace Theatre, London - New Image Added near bottom of page

5th September 2011

The Whitehall Theatre, London - New Images Added

Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton - New Images Added

4th September 2011

The Royal Court Theatre, Bacup - Page Rebuilt and New Information and Images Added

Details of the latest edition of 'Old Theatres' Magazine Added

3rd September 2011

The Cambridge Theatre, London - New Image and Info Added for the Magic Castle Period

31st August 2011

Wilton's Music Hall - Page Completely Rebuilt and New Information and Images Added

29th August 2011

Adelphi Theatre, London - New Programme cover Added for 'The Dancing Years' signed by Ivor Novello

Kingston Empire - New Image Added

Riverside Theatre, Battersea Park -New Image Added

Windmill Girls Photographs - Captions Updated for some of these

26th August 2011

The Windmill Girls' Annual Reunion - New Page Added

The Playhouse Theatre, Halifax - Listing Updated and Error Corrected

Priestley Centre, Bradford - Error Corrected

24th August 2011

Theatre Royal Hippodrome, Dublin - Page Updated

Shaftesbury Theatre, London - New Image Added

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - New Image Added

Piccadilly Theatre, London - New Image Added

23rd August 2011

Sheffield Theatres and Cinemas - Many New Images Added

The Riverside Theatre, Festival Gardens, Battersea Park - New Image Added

19th August 2011

The Riverside Theatre, Festival Gardens, Battersea Park - New Page Added

Wolverhampton Grand - Several New Images Added

18th August 2011

The Birkenhead Hippodrome - New Image Added

17th August 2011

Lyceum Theatre, London -New Photos of the 1996 Reconstruction Added

Arthur Lloyd's 'The Organ Grinder' - New Colour Song Sheet Cover Added

Whilst I have been away Google have done something horrible to the search results pages for my site. The background colour should match the site colours and always used to but now the results pages are almost unreadable.
I am trying to find a fix for this so please bare with me.

29th July 2011

Sadler's Wells Theatre - New Images Added for its 1996 Demolition

27th July 2011

Wolverhampton Theatres and Halls - New Page Added with Many Articles and Images

The Palladium Picture House, Brixton - Page Updated

26th July 2011

The Theatre Royal, Dumfries, Scotland - New Page Added

25th July 2011

Theatres in Blyth - Page Updated and Several Images Added

Olympia Theatre, Glasgow Demolition - Yet More New Images Added

20th July 2011

Woolwich Odeon - New Image Added

19th July 2011

Theatres Royal, Blyth - New Information and Video Added

17th July 2011

London Trocadero - New Article and Images Added for the 1930s Period

Olympia Theatre, Glasgow Demolition - Even More New Images Added

15th July 2011

Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield - New Page Added

13th July 2011

Olympia Theatre, Glasgow Demolition - New Images Added to bottom of page

11th July 2011

Ulster Hall, Belfast - New Image Added

2nd July 2011

Palace Theatre, Oldham - New Image Added

Grand Opera House, Belfast - New Image Added

29th June 2011

Theatre Royal, Leicester - New Images Added

28th June 2011

The current Theatre Royal and Drum Theatre, Plymouth - New Listing Added

The Gaumont Palace, Plymouth - New Listing Added

Palace Theatre, Plymouth - Many New Images Added

Olympia Theatre, Glasgow Demolition - New Image Added to bottom of page

22nd June 2011

Theatres and Music Halls in Newport, South Wales - Page Completely Rebuilt and New Information and Images Added

20th June 2011

The Regal Theatre, Wimbledon - New Page Added

Brixton Theatre - New Programme Added

17th June 2011

Theatre Royal, Halifax - More Information and New Programme Added

Olympia Theatre, Glasgow - More Information Added

16th June 2011

The Wrexham Hippodrome - New Programme Added

Arthur Lloyd's 'I vowed that I never would leave her' - New Information Added

15th June 2011

Glasgow's Olympia Theatre is being partly demolished for a major regeneration scheme - New Photos and Information Added

14th June 2011

Wilson Keppel & Betty - New Article by Des Kerins Added

The Tivoli Theatre, Dover -New Page Added

13th June 2011

Theatre Architect C. J. Phipps - New Photograph Added

Her Majesty's Theatre, London - New Image Added

12th June 2011

Empress Theatre, Brixton - More Information on the 1930s rebuild and photographs of the frieze by Hermon Cawthra Added

The London Palladium - Many New Photos Added

11th June 2011

Empress Theatre, Brixton - New information on the 1930s rebuild Added

4th June 2011

Horatio Lloyd at the Caledonian Theatre, Glasgow - New Poster Added

3rd June 2011

King's Theatre, Haymarket - Two New 1790s Indentures Added

2nd June 2011

The Rialto Cinema, Coventry Street, London - New Page Added

1st June 2011

The National Opera House on the Thames Embankment, London -New Site Photos Added

31st May 2011

Theatre Royal, Oxford - New Page Added

Kilburn Empire - New Poster Added

Barnes Theatre, Richmond - New Programme Added

29th May 2011

The Theatre That Never Was - The Story of the National Opera House on the Thames Embankment, London - New Page Added

26th May 2011

“Mr and Mrs Revudeville” A Pictorial look at The Windmill Theatre's JohnLaw and Margaret Cooper in this exclusive article for www.arthurlloyd.co.uk by Jill Millard Shapiro

25th May 2011

Empire Theatre / Day's Crystal Palace Concert Hall, Birmingham - Page Rebuilt and Many New Images Added Here and Here

New theatre, Oxford - New Images Added

Playhouse Theatre, Oxford - New Image Added

24th May 2011

The Granville Theatre, Walham Green Fulham - New Listing Added

23rd May 2011

Britannia Theatre, Hoxton - New Information Added

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford - New Page Added

Odeon, Magdalen Street, Oxford - New Page Added

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford - New Page Added

22nd May 2011

Leeds City Varieties - Page Rebuilt and New Information and Video Added

21st May 2011

The Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington - Page Restructured and New Article and Many New Images Added

16th May 2011

The Holywell Music Room, Oxford - New Page Added

Toole's Theatre, London - Page Reconstructed and New Articles and Images Added

Wimbledon Theatre - New Programme for Marlene Dietrich's final London Performances Added

15th May 2011

The Alhambra Theatre, Leicester Square - A New Film made from an original set of triple lantern slides depicting the fire of 1882 has been created for the site and sent in for inclusion - See It Here

6th May 2011

Grand Theatre, Nottingham - New Information and Article Added

5th May 2011

Nottingham Theatre Royal - New Articles and Images Added

Nottingham Empire - New Article Added

4th May 2011

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Visits Leicester in 1891, an article by David Garratt - New Page Added

David Garratt has researched and written a number of informative and interesting articles on various Theatres for this site recently. You may like to find out more about him so I have added a Biography page for him here

3rd May 2011

OFS Studio / Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford - New Page Added

Hippodrome Theatre, Oxford - New Page Added

30th April 2011

Playhouse Theatre and Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford - New Page Added

29th April 2011

Scala Theatre, Charlotte Street, London - Page Rebuilt and New Information and Images Added

Bristol Old Vic - New Information on the Current Refurbishment and Archaeological Dig Added

28th April 2011

Colston Hall and Little Theatre, Bristol - Page Rebuilt and New Information Added

Tivoli Theatre, Bristol - New Information Added

Vaudeville Theatre, Bristol - New Page Added

27th April 2011

London Hippodrome Staff Photographs - New Information Added for the 1918 Photo

About Music Hall Page - New Image Added Top of Page

Details of the latest edition of 'Old Theatres' Magazine Added

26th April 2011

David Garratt who has recently done such a splendid job of adding all of Leicester's Theatres to the site has now very kindly begun work on Adding Oxford's Theatres too, the first of which is - The New Theatre, Oxford - New Page Added

Gus Elen's house added to Plaques page

25th April 2011

We Never Closed - Jill Millard Shapiro meets Margaret McGrath, the Windmill Theatre’s Blonde Bombshell of the Blitz, in this exclusive article for www.arthurlloyd.co.uk

22nd April 2011

Gatti's / Players Theatres - Page Updated

12th April 2011

The Dalston Theatre - New Page Added

Billy Eckstine at the Coventry Hippodrome - New Image Added

10th April 2011

Royal Aquarium, Westminster - New Information Added on the fate of the Hall's Organ

Palace Theatre, Aberdeen - New Image and Information Added

8th April 2011

The De Montfort Hall, Leicester - New Page Added

7th April 2011

The Living Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

6th April 2011

The Windmill Girls - New Images Added to the bottom of this page

5th April 2011

The Victoria Pleasure Grounds, Leicester - New Page Added

Windmill Theatre - A Collage of the Windmill Theatre Staff in 1957 Added

3rd April 2011

Astoria Theatre, Brighton - New Image Added towards bottom of page

Astoria, Old Kent Road - New Information Added

23rd March 2011

The Floral Hall, Leicester - New Page Added

King's Theatre, Hammersmith - Listing Updated

21st March 2011

The Victorian Era Exhibition of 1897 on Theatre Construction - New Page Added

17th March 2011

Brighton Astoria - Many New Images Added

The Y Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

Theatre Royal, Dunlop Street, Glasgow - New Information and Image Added to bottom of page

16th March 2011

The Wood Green Empire - New Early Poster Added

The Friars / Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury - New Image Added

15th March 2011

Theatre Royal, Dewsbury - New Images Added

Laurel and Hardy at the New Theatre, Northampton - New Video Added

King's Theatre, Nottingham - New Information Added

Neptune Theatre, Liverpool - Page Updated

13th March 2011

Day's Crystal Palace, Birmigham - New Image Added

12th March 2011

Brighton Astoria - Page Updated and New Article and Many Images Added

3rd March 2011

The Theatre Royal, Leicester - New Page Added

The Playhouse / Avenue Theatre, London - Page Completely Rebuilt and Many New Articles and Images Added, including details of the tragedy which befell the Theatre in 1905

2nd March 2011

Alhambra Theatre / Music Hall, Leicester - New Page Added

Prince's Theatre, Bristol - Performance Details for 1939 to 1940 Added

1st March 2011

Nottingham Hippodrome - New Article written for the site by someone who used to work there added

Royal Court Theatre, London - Two Programmes for the first Court Theatre Added

28th February 2011

Terry's Theatre, Strand, London - New Articles and Image Added

26th February 2011

Theatre Royal, Dublin - New Image and Article Added Bottom of Page

25th February 2011

Leicester Gaiety / Empire / Hippodrome Theatre - New Page Added

Metropolitan, Edgware Road - New Image Added

24th February 2011

Theatre Royal, Bristol - New Information and Images Added

Prince's Theatre, Bristol - New Article on a terrible tragedy whcih occured at the Theatre in 1869 Added

23rd February 2011

Prince's Theatre, Bristol - Page Rebuilt and New Articles and Many Images Added

The East Park Picturedrome, Northampton - New Article about Bernie Burgess and Ruby Murray Added

New Theatre, Cardiff - New Images Added

18th February 2011

Haymarket Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

17th February 2011

Theatres and Halls in Walsall, West Midlands - New Page Added

National Picture Theatre, Hull - Many Recent Photographs Added

16th February 2011

Central Picture Theatre, Canterbury / Marlowe Theatre - New Information Added

14th February 2011

Site photographs of Leicester's Palace Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Royal Opera House Added

13th February 2011

Hulme Playhouse - New Programme and Article Added (Which mentions Cherie Booth at age 6 months!)

Can you identify this pianist who performed at the Brixton Palladium Picture Palace?

12th February 2011

Phoenix Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

11th February 2011

Finsbury Park Empire - New Early Programme Added

10th February 2011

Morton's Theatre, Greenwich - New Programme and Arthur Lloyd Information Added

Waldorf Theatre (Now the Novello), London - New Early Programme Added

Kingsway Theatre, London - New Programme Added

9th February 2011

The Saville Theatre, London - Many New Images and Opening Programme Added

Grand Theatre and Opera House, Hull - Page Rebuilt and New Information and Opening Programme Added

6th February 2011

The Little Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

4th February 2011

London Coliseum - New Image about the Revolve Added

2nd February 2011

The Temperance Hall, Leicester - New Page Added

31st January 2011

Comedy Theatre, London - Three New Early Programmes Added

Arthur Lloyd's Biography - New information added for 1866

Dominion Theatre, London - New Image and Information Added

28th January 2011

The Athena / Odeon, Leicester - New Page Added

Brixton Theatre - New Image Added

25th January 2011

Theatre Royal and Regal Rooms, Hawkins Street, Dublin - Two New Images Added

Music Hall and Variety Artistes Commemorative Plaques - Hetty King Added

Plaza Theatre, Lower Regent Street, London - New Image Added

24th January 2011

Trocadero Cinema & Ballroom, Leicester - New Page Added

22nd January 2011

Jill Millard Shapiro recalls some backstage moments as one of Vivian Van Damm's famous
Windmill Girls in this exclusive and lavishly illustrated article

22nd January 2011

Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street, Dublin - Last Night Programme Added

17th January 2011

The London Pavilion - Page Completely Rebuilt with many new Articles and Images Added

14th January 2011

Burnley Empire - New Images Added

Theatre Royal, Plymouth - New Images Added - And Here

13th January 2011

Royal Opera House, Leicester - New Page Added

Palace Theatre, Leicester - New Images Added

11th January 2011

Capitol Theatre, Scarborough - Listing Updated

7th January 2011

London Pavilion - New British Pathe Film Clip Added

6th January 2011

Curve Theatre, Leicester - New Information and Many Images Added

5th January 2011

The Story of a Staircase - Des Kerins writes on the intriguing story of Frank Matcham's Theatre Royal Dublin Staircase

Theatre Royal, Bradford - New Information and Images Added

4th January 2011

This Website has now been online for 10 years - Many Thanks to everyone who has visited and supported it over the last decade, long may you continue to do so - Matthew Lloyd.

The Pavilion Theatre, Leicester - New Page Added

The Grand Theatre, Plymouth - New Article and Images Added