Variety Show featuring Austen Hurgon

  • Opening Night: 01 June 1914
  • Performance: 06 June 1914
  • Genre: Variety

1. Austen Hurgon presents ‘And Very Nice Too’ – ‘A Candid Revue?with a Candied Crew’
2. La Flori – The Charming Parisian Poseuse?(‘And Very Nice Too’)
3. Hugh Hughes – Comedy Caricaturist (‘And Very Nice Too’)
4. The Warsaw Brothers – ‘in a Satirical Mythological Phantasy – Pan and Orpheus’ (‘And Very Nice Too’)
5. 2?Boyds – Vaudeville Entertainers (‘And Very Nice Too’)
6. ‘The Race For the Derby’ – Shown Twice Nightly on the Bioscope (‘And Very Nice Too’)

  • Number of Acts: 6
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday, twice an evening at 18:40 and 21:00
  • Notes: That was the last regular Show at the Hippodrome until 13 February 1917. No indication was given in the last Programme that the Theatre was about to close; However, according to Bill Slinn in his book 'The History of the Birmingham Hippodrome? on Saturday, 6 June, 1914, 'The Birmingham Gazette' advertised that 'after tonight?s performance, the Birmingham Hippodrome will close for the summer vacation'; An article in the 'Birmingham Gazette' on 20 July, 1914 gave news of a takeover of the theatre by T. Allan Edwards of Derby. It was further stated that an application had been made on behalf of Birmingham Hippodrome for the licence of a new hall to be erected on the site of Curzon Hall (in Suffolk Street). However, this plan did not proceed; Walter de Frece, Managing Director of the Variety Theatres Controlling Company Ltd, the previous owners of the Hippodrome, said that the company would not be building a new hall, because 'the slump in business in Variety houses all over the country does not encourage anyone or any firm to build afresh'; Although the Hippodrome was closed until 1917, it did put on a few charity concerts during WW1 but these were isolated events.; So it appears that the Hippodrome had been struggling financially and also in getting an audience.