Souvenir programme for the opening night of The Tower of Varieties and Circus 09 October 1899

Souvenir programme for the opening night of The Tower of Varieties and Circus 09 October 1899

Printed on cream silk this programme celebrates the grand opening night of the theatre, now known as Birmingham Hippodrome.

There is a portrait of Theatre Manager Harry Calver and photographic glimpses of the new venue with its circus ring, flooded for water spectacles!

Acts included jugglers, clowns, acrobats, ‘funny skaters’ and a ‘sword walker’.

Also on the bill was Willie Richards ‘Rabbit’ ‘who will make himself generally useful during the evening’.

Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Catalogue ref: S.686-1990