Well known acts appeared on the opening night of the newly re-named Tivoli Theatre of Varieties (now known as Birmingham Hippodrome). Top of the bill was Chung-Ling-Soo ‘the marvellous Chinese magician, in his marvellous feats’. In fact, he was not Chinese but an American! Also performing was Austrian born Mdlle Irma Orbasany who sang with her travelling troupe of cockatoos. Her birds could wheel each other about in a push-chair and pick out numbered cards from a deck. The climax of the act featured a shipwreck, complete with rescue by lifeboat!
Image courtesy of The Library of Birmingham