Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

During this week the management of the Barrasford Hippodrome are circulating free four-paged small fixture cards of the Villa, Birmingham (late Small Heath) and W.B. Albion football clubs. 'As intended they are handy and very popular'. The reviewer recommends people rise to George Hackenscmidt's challenge to throw him - 'after all it isn't far to the Queen's Hospital if you tell the cabman to drive up Holloway Head'. Lena Verdi 'should be authorised by an Act of Parliament to imitate Vesta Tilley'. She has fulfilled the promise shown from when she was accalimed as a child mimic.

Variety Show featuring George Hackenschmidt – World Champion Wrestler

  • Opening Night: 21 August 1905
  • Performance: 26 August 1905
  • Genre: Variety
  1. Overture – Musical Director: Jacques Bruske
  2. D. W. Watson – cornet soloist, vocalist and most brilliant post horn player before the Public
  3. Bob Hutt – comedian
  4. Lena Verdi – the dainty and graceful mimic
  5. Edward Avon & Ethel Crest – speciality artistes in a comedy act entitled “A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That”
  6. Ward Brothers – acrobatic eccentrics
  7. Three Laurels – in their original speciality on the Ping Pong Table
  8. Rigoletto Brothers – Revolving Ladder Act
  9. George Hackenschmidt – ‘The World’s Champion Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler, who defeated the two celebrated Indian wrestlers Buitan Singh and Gunga Brahm, both the same evening, inside 9 minutes at the Exhibition Hall, Melbourne, Feb 11, 1905; also Grotz, the Champion of South Africa, in 7 minutes at Melbourne and Daly Nielson (in Cornish style) in 7 minutes at Melbourne. Daly Nielson was never before defeated in the above style and was the winner in over 400 matches. In America, he defeated Tim Parr at Buffalo three times inside 8 minutes and met Tom Jenkins, the American Champion for the second time and defeated him (in Jenkins’s own style) at the Madison Square Gardens, May 4, 1905. George will forfeit the sum of £15 to any British Wrestler he fails to throw in 10 minutes, and £25 to any British Wrestler he fails to throw in 15 minutes, and £100 to any British Wrestler who succeeds in throwing him in 15 minutes’
  10. Animated Pictures
  • Number of Acts: 9
  • 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: Mimic; Acrobatics Eccentric; Revolving Ladder Act
  • Notes: -0