A fabulous almost Pocket Size highly collectible old Programme measuring 7 1/4" x 5" of 28 pages plus cover. The staples have rusted so the front cover is loose but the interior is in remarkably great condition for a paper piece of over 115 years of age. Dated as December 26th 1899 this is probably a rather RARE PIECE considering the Theatre closed down just months later in 1900 due to a fire. There are wonderful illustrations of the characters throughout the programme. The Britannia Theatre (1841–1900) was located at 115/117 High Street, Hoxton, London. The theatre was badly damaged by a fire in 1900. The site was reused as a Gaumont cinema from 1913 to 1940, when this too was destroyed. The site is marked by a London Borough of Hackney historic plaque.
A typical night's entertainment would include 3–4 plays, with variety acts in the intervals between. Many music hall acts would appear during the interval, and sometimes their acts were woven into the performance. The plays varied, from Shakespeare, Victorian melodrama and comedy. During the winter season pantomime was performed.Unusually for a theatre, food and drink were served in the auditorium, in the style of contemporary music halls.
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