Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

Hackenschmidt is a showman as much as a wrestler. It is a pity not even the best British wrestlers will take up his challenges. He has to find his own opponents, or hold back when challenged by a local contestant. He is a great draw at the Hippodrome. Sammy Shields wears the colours of the Birmingham F. C. and imitates the characteristics of a partisan spectator at a match.

Variety Show featuring Harry Taft – ‘the whistling comedian’

  • Opening Night: 20 May 1907
  • Performance: 25 May 1907
  • Genre: Variety

1. Sammy Shields – ‘the original Football Spectator’
2. The Jollions – ‘sweet harmonising vocalists’
3. Harry Taft – ‘the whistling comedian’
4. Bertha Zander – ‘illustrator of Home Songs’
5. The Sisters Warwick – trick cyclists
6. The Two Kays – in their scena ‘The Nightingale’
7. Hackenschmidt – ‘the World’s greatest Wrestler – ?10 to any British Wrestler he fails to throw in 10 minutes; ?25 to any British Wrestler he fails to throw in 15 minutes; ?100 to any British Wrestler who succeeds in throwing him in 15 minutes’
8. Dolly Golden – speciality danseuse
9. Roze and Callvert – the comedy couple
10. Boumeister – violin virtuoso
11. The Barrascope Pictures – ‘Tommy at Play’

  • Number of Acts: 11
  • Number of Performances: 13
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 18:00 and 21:00 with a matinee performance on Thursday at 14:30
  • Circus: Trick Cyclists
  • Notes: -0