Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

Forward notice is given for the coming week of the 'important engagement at ?200 per week' of Richard Sawade, with his lions, tigers, bears and dogs. Mr. Esau the chimpanzee is being shown by and American traveller who caught him near Boma in the Congo Free State. His appearance is so similar to that of a human that he was submitted to an investigation of Birmingham surgeons, scientists and press. They all agreed that nothing like Mr. Esau had been seen before in Birmingham. 'Only those who have seen him can have an idea of the little difference there is between the Chimpanzee and a certain type of man'.

Variety Show featuring The Marvellous Chimpanzee – ‘Mr. Esau’

  • Opening Night: 29 December 1902
  • Performance: 03 January 1903
  • Genre: Variety

1. The Marvellous Chimpanzee – Mr. Esau – ‘a veritable Ape-Man’ – does everything but talk – secured by Mr. Thomas Barrasford at a most Fabulous Salary to appear on the Barrasford Circuit prior to his going to Berlin for an operation under German physicians, who say he will talk
2. Guy Rider – the wonderful Boy Whistler
3. Souplessi – contortionist and ring artiste
4. Charles Gamblong – French baritone
5. Maude Courtney – the American Girl who sings the old songs
6. The Harlows – equilibrists
7. Booker and Narbis – in their original comedy creation ‘The Interviewer’
8. Animated Pictures
9. Jack Lane – the Yorkshire humourist
10. The Matweef Hugostan Troupe – Russian singers, dancers and marvellous acrobats

  • Number of Acts: 10
  • 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: Contortionist and Ring Artiste; Equilibrists; Acrobats
  • Notes: -0