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Murder, Mayhem and Music Hall: The Dark Side of Victorian London by Barry Anthony

During the first half of the nineteenth century the Strand’s reputation as a place of recreation was reinforced by new and expanded forms of entertainment. Where amateurs had previously ‘obliged’ at ‘Free and Easy’ concerts, professional performers started to appear in the singing rooms of taverns. Venues such as the Coal Hole, Strand, and the Cyder Cellars,  Maiden Lane, offered …

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Fred Burnaby: The Victorian Adventurer

The incomparable Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842-1885) In 1876 Fred Burnaby returned from an epic winter-ride on horseback and by sledge to the Khanate of Khiva, in the heart of central Asia. His book, A Ride to Khiva, was an instant hit and ran to eleven editions in the space of a year. On Horseback through Asia Minor, written after …

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Last Chance – Music Halls Exhibition at V&A

Music Halls at the Victoria and Albert Museum 16 March 2013 – 5 January 2014 The immersive installation celebrating the rise and fall of the Music Hall is coming to an end at the beginning of January. Created by an award-winning creative team of theatre makers, video artists and designers it explores the lost genre of popular entertainment.

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