England’s long history of building grand indoor spaces for socialising and entertainment began with the music halls of the early Victorian era. Originating as an extension of the saloon bars of local pubs and taverns, music halls developed their own style of variety performance, producing a number of big name acts who frequented the circuit, which was widespread across the UK and enjoyed a formidable longevity of popularity.
Now sadly very rare to find, some notable survivors are discussed in this Historic England blog which is an entertaining read in itself.
As you will know, my blog relies on having shows to review. Bearing in mind the current shutdown, I am taking a few days to think about what I can bring you as an alternative – and there are quite a few ideas floating around my mind at present so please stay tuned!