Little Tich back in the spotlight

The great Little Tich

Here’s one for Music Hall history fans, an event being held in-person at the Water Rats, London, WC1X 8BZ on  Thursday 17th February.

Renowned photographer Andy Hollingworth will share images and tales from his project to photograph and research the life of Harry Relph, better known as Little Tich, the music hall star still remembered today for his acrobatic and comedic, “Big Boot Dance.”

Little Tich was a 4-foot-6-inch-tall (137 cm) English music hall comedian and dancer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His “Big-Boot Dance”, was performed all across Europe and for which he wore boots with soles 28 inches (71 cm) long. Aside from his music hall appearances, he was also a hugely popular performer in Christmas pantomimes and appeared in them annually at theatres throughout the UK’s theatres. He repeated this success in London, where he appeared in three pantomimes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, between 1891 and 1893 alongside such music hall luminaries as Dan Leno and Marie Lloyd.

This talk should be an interesting peek into the uncoverings of Mr Hollingworth’s research project, and we hope that he has found a few juicy tidbits to entertain us further.

Tickets are £8.00 for British Music Hall Society members and £10.00 for others.

You can find ticket details here

Watch the only surviving film of Little Tich here

The music hall comedian Little Tich on stage at the Phono-Cinéma-Théatre, France performing his “big boot dance”. The video was directed by Clément Maurice who died in 1933. It was recorded in 1900, and is thought to be the only surviving video of Little Tich on stage.

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