MATINEE AFTERNOON Old Time Music Hall Sing-a-Long!
EVERY 3rd Tuesday of the month. FREE ENTRY 1pm - 4pm
Come and sing your hearts out to some of the old time classics in a friendly relaxed atmosphere in an old Victorian Boozer!
What is music hall??
Music hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment that was popular from the early Victorian era, beginning around 1850. It ended, arguably, after the First World War, when the halls rebranded their entertainment as Variety
Originating in saloon bars within public houses during the 1830s, music hall entertainment became increasingly popular with audiences. So much so, that during the 1850s some public houses were demolished, and specialised music hall theatres developed in their place. These theatres were designed chiefly so that people could consume food and alcohol and smoke tobacco in the auditorium while the entertainment took place. This differed somewhat from the conventional type of theatre, which until then seated the audience in stalls with a separate bar-room.
By the mid-19th century, the halls cried out for many new and catchy songs. As a result, professional songwriters were enlisted to provide the music for a plethora of star performers, such as Marie Lloyd, Dan Leno, Little Tich, and George Leybourne.
London was the centre of music hall with hundreds of venues, often in the entertainment rooms of public houses. With the decline in popularity of music hall, many were abandoned, or converted to other uses such as cinemas, and their interiors lost. There are a number of purpose-built survivors, including the Hackney Empire, an outstanding example of the late music hall period (Frank Matcham 1901)
As The Fiddler’s Elbow (Then Mother Shipton) was built in 1846, it would have had many sing a long’s under it’s roof! It’s time to turn back the clock and relive what was a very important part of this country’s musical heritage!
Come and join in, or just relax with a beverage and soak up the atmosphere!