Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun

Euston Road

  • British Library

  • 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

  • 01937 546546


  • free

  • 14-Oct-16 to 12-Feb-17

  • Daily

  • All ages

disabled access

FREE: Performing pigs, magic tricks and pantomime! Roll up to celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times performed in a variety of venues from fairground tents to musical stages.

Focusing on five colourful characters, follow their stories as we bring the worlds they inhabited to life. These Victorian A-listers include Dan Leno, the original pantomime dame and ‘funniest man on earth', John Nevil Maskelyne, magician and manager of ‘England's Home of Mystery', and the great circus showman ‘Lord' George Sanger. Also hear of those whose fame has now faded such as Annie De Montford, a mill worker turned mesmerist.

Step back in time with wonderfully decorative original posters, handbills, advertisements and tickets – all glorious examples of rare ephemera – alongside contemporary film and sound recordings. Explore the Victorians' influence on the world of entertainment today. Without them we might never have experienced the joys of panto, stand-up comedy and even Britain's Got Talent.

Every Saturday, 15 October-17 December, 3-5pm, a company of actors & performers will present archive material from the exhibition through the prism of contemporary performance.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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