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Argyle Theatre of Varieties (c1868 - 1945)

 Organisation

Dates

  • Existence: c1868 - 1945

Biography

The Argyle Music Hall in Birkenhead was opened in 1868 and staged many variety acts of the day.

The name was changed to The Prince Of Wales Theatre from 1876 to 1890, and was used mainly to stage plays. In 1890, the focus returned to music hall and variety and the theatre was renamed the Argyle Theatre.

Manager Denis J. Clarke ran the Argyle Theatre for 45 years from 1890 to 1935 developing the theatre to make it became one of the most well known theatres in the country playing host to many variety acts of the day.

As well as music hall and variety, the Argyle Theatre often had early film and also was the first theatre to have radio broadcasts.

During the Second World War, the theatre was bombed, taking a direct hit. It was never rebuilt.

Found in 358 Collections and/or Records:

Argyle Theatre Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0117
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a large number of posters as well as business records including records of artist bookings, accounts, scrapbooks, contracts and correspondence.

Dates: 1865 - 1941

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 28 August 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.237
Scope and Contents

Birkenhead. Saker Harlow Trio! Continental Eccentrics, James Dubois, ‘Pongo’ the man monkey, gymnastic, entertainment, Letta and Minnie, Florence Chester Queen of African Coon and descriptive vocalist, Rose Conroy Serio-comic Vocalist and Burlesque Actress, Gus Harris vocal character comedian, Lily Lever ballad and descriptive vocalist, Ryan and Hal L-pantomimic act. Red, blue and yellow type on white background. Printed by S Griffith & Co, Printers, Liverpool.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 28 August 1899

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 16 October 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.238
Scope and Contents

Birkenhead. Tom Leamore comedian, The Four Vampires pantomimists, Major Doyle Lilliputian Comedian, Robert Gilbert’s marvellous troupe of acrobatic dogs, The Three Sisters Slater-song and dance, Jesse Burton baritone and descriptive vocalist, The Vitascope, The 2 Emeralds duettists and expert dancers, Lily Marney Irish Comedienne. Red, blue and yellow type on white background. Printed by S Griffith & Co, Printers, Liverpool.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 16 October 1899

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing 10 November 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.3
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. Miss Maud Distin Lady Baritone, Mr Ben Fielding, Miss Nellie Gertine Double-voiced Vocalist, Mad’lle Desirie in ‘Mystia’ a series of charming illusions, Brothers Bondolas The Monarchs of the Air, Mr Andy Rhyne Eccentric Knockabout Vocalist, Acrobat & Grotesque, Miss Julia Hanson Burlesque Actress, Mr George Ripon Comedian, Miss Eva Johnson Serio-Ballad Vocalist, Mr Joe Fredricks 'negro' Comedian and Dancer, Mons. Dusoni’s Great and Unequalled Troupe of Trained Performing Dogs...
Dates: Week commencing 10 November 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 14 January 1895

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.5
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. Sergt. Simms’ Columbian Cadets, Twelve Genuine 'Negro' Boys from the Bahama Islands in ‘Le Bivouac’, Miss Nellie Gertine Character Baritone Vocalist, The Durhams Incomparable Dancers, The Minting Troupe in New Pantomimic Absurdity ‘Fun On the, Road’ introducing AH Minting, the World’s Greatest Trick, Cyclist’, Walter Pussord Premier Prestidigitateur, Illusionist and Humorist, Nassau Piccaninnies Moonlight Shadow dance, May Morton Serio-Comedienne and Characteristic Vocalist, Miss...
Dates: Week commencing Monday 14 January 1895
Argyle Theatre Poster 23 May 1892
Argyle Theatre Poster 23 May 1892

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster

 Digital Image
Reference code: 178-r012-024
Dates: 23 May 1892

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 10 February 1896

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.1
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. Fillis’ South African Dogs, The Mannons Renowned Pantomimists, Valrose Serio-Comic Vocalist, Adolph Faue Wire Equilibrist and Expert Tumbler, Miss Ailsa Cairns Serio-Comedienne and Burlesque Actress, Mr Alec Burnard Comedian, Author and Descriptive Vocalist, Mr Harry Zetter Eccentric Comedian and Dancer, Mr Walter Pussord The Great Necromancer and Patterer of the Day, assisted by Mr Sydney Lee. Monday Next, Tennyson and Gorman. Green type on off white background. Printed by S....
Dates: Week commencing Monday 10 February 1896

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 1 August 1892

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.2
Scope and Contents

Birkenhead. Grand re-opening. The Killeno Family Male and Female Acrobats, Miss Myra Massey Double-voiced Vocalist, Captain Slingsby The Intercepted Letter, Mr Frank Seymour Eccentric Comedian, Vocalist and Dancer, Evalo and Roisso The Clown and the Turk, Mr J. Forde Irish Comedian, Vocalist and Dancer, Prof. Norton Royal Court Conjuror and Card King, Poole’s Minstrels. Green and red type on off white background. Printed by S. Griffith & Co, Printers, Liverpool.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 1 August 1892

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 26 December 1892

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.4
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. George Power Comedian, Mr Harry Shaw Musical Eccentric Comedian, Miss Marion Lena Characteristic Vocalist and Dancer, Mr Harry Barker Descriptive Vocal Actor, The Watsons Irish Comedy Entertainers, Miss Marie Kean Burlesque Vocalist and Dancer, Mr Robert J, Carroll Comedian, Author and Dancer, Mildred Cohen Vocalist, Norton Prestidgitateur Seeing Is Believing, Carl Howlett’s Royal Improved Marionette Pantomime. Green and red type on off white background. Printed by S Griffith...
Dates: Week commencing Monday 26 December 1892

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing 24 March 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.6
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. Thatcher and Leopold American Black and White Face, Comedians, Miss Annie Sharland Serio-Comic and Ballad Vocalist, Mr George Langston Comedian and Dancer, Madame Sanyeah with Her Highly Trained Performing Dogs, and Wonderful Goat assisted by Little Letto, Acrobat, Carl Freeman Conjuror, illusionist, Wonder Worker, Card and Coin Manipulator, Messrs. Geraghty and Gilligan Conversational Comedians, Wal Curtis Comedian, Vocalist and Dancer, Mr George Ripon. Black and yellow type on...
Dates: Week commencing 24 March 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 23 October 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.239
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. The Marvellous Rikfords, The Eight Eldorado Girls vocalists and dancers, Tony & Frances Ryder -comic bar act introducing the female clown and three trained monkeys, Tom Woottwell loose legged comedian, The New Macs Irish knockabout comedy, Dulcie Laing vocalist and skipping rope dancer, The Dorrells duettists, vocalists and dancers, The Vitascope, Preston and Balmaine Illustrated songs, Duets etc, introducing the latest American Coon songs. Red, blue and yellow type on white...
Dates: Week commencing Monday 23 October 1899

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, Week commencing Monday 30 October 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.240
Scope and Contents Birkenhead. Julie Mackey, Gerald Mount Tyrolean and Descriptive Vocalist, Mark Melfords No 2 Company in ‘Between the turns or My Wife Won’t Let Me’, Sisters Leo characteristic Vocalists and Dancers, Chas. Russell character actor-vocalist, Collons’ troubadours lady vocalists and dancers, The Edison Thomas Vitascope, Nellie Stratton Serio-comic vocalist and dancer, Wilkie Bard character comedian. Red, blue and yellow type on white background. Printed by S Griffith & Co, Printers,...
Dates: Week commencing Monday 30 October 1899

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 18 November 1889

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.5
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Richard Geldard character comedian, Miss Florence Eugene, Messrs. Milton and Norris Pantomimists, musicians and acrobatic dancers, J.B. Sinclair English, Irish and Scotch descriptive and motto vocalist, The Clayton twins English, American and Dutch Character impersonators, The Comical Puzzle or, which is which of the two? Assisted by sisters Wood and Willis, Will Hoare novelty dancer, Mr Harry Carsdale mimic. Printed by S. Griffith and Co, typeers,...
Dates: 18 November 1889

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, c1880 - 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.6
Scope and Contents

Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Closure for redecoration. ‘Grand re-opening Bank holiday, 6th August with a Powerful Company Of Stars, New Scenery etc, etc. Printed by S. Griffith and Co, typeers, Liverpool. Blue type.

Dates: c1880 - 1899

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 3 February 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.7
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Colonel Chevalier, E. David Boone and Miss Milly Carlotta The Famous American Lion Tamers with their den of Performing Lions, Miss Louise D’Albert Ballad and descriptive Vocalist, Song and Dance Artiste, and clog Dancer, Mr Hal Croueste London Comedian and Actor Vocalist, Master Harry Britto Boy Champion Slab Clog Dancer of the World, Miss Nelly Allen Serio-Comic and Dancer, Mr Harry Gill The Original Irish Gentleman, English and Irish character...
Dates: 3 February 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 24 February 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.8
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. The Olympian Quintette American Humorists, Sweet Vocalists introducing Glees, Trios and Miscellaneous Song, Emilie Presto Serio-comic, Hornpipe and Scottish Dancer, Captain Austin Champion Rifle Shot of the World, Jim Henderson Vocal Comedian and Dancer, Burns and Leech Merry Whimsical Musical Pair, Mr Fred Howe Comedian, high Pedestal Acrobatic Blade Skate, Dancer and Variety Artiste, Messrs. Cornish, Hardy, Sampson and the Bros. Slocum, American...
Dates: 24 February 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 3 March 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.9
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Silvani troupe four lady bicyclists, Adele, Emmaline, Winifred and Belle in "The Carnival of Badoura Lanterns", Miss Louie Deakin, “The Rocket Queen”, Walter Westwood, The Crayon King Colodianist, Comedian and Colour Sketcher, Bob Cates Eccentric Negro Comedian and Dancer, The Olympian Quintette All New Glees, Tricks and Miscellaneous Songs, Miss Nellie Ward Serio and Dancer, T.C. Brannan-Irish Comedian and Vocalist Back From Kansas by Messrs....
Dates: 3 March 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 17 March 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.10
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. George Ripon popular comic vocalist, Pretty Peggy Pond Lady Speciality artiste, T.H. Spears Vocal Character Actor, The Bros. McGrath Sensational Knockabouts, Irish and American Comedians, Dancers and Burlesque Actors, Miss E.C. Arnold Vocalist and Burlesque Actress, Tom Stanley Dutch and Character Comedian and Characteristic Change Artiste, Mr Fred Austin Vocalist and Dancer, Messrs. Geraghty and Gilligan the Conversational Comedians. Printed by S....
Dates: 17 March 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 31 March 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.11
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. The Lombartos England’s Premier Musical Clowns, Flo Hazel Tyrolean Vocalist and Dancer, Mr Will Bishop Top-Boot and Hornpipe Dancer, Brothers Forrester Knockabout Irish Comedians, Vocalists and Dancers, Mr Marcus Boyle Character Comedian, Harry Leon Variety Artiste and Dancer, Sisters Reefern the Original ‘Lancashire Witches’, Johnny and Marcella Hargreaves Variety Entertainers and Dancers for Easter Monday April 7th, Darby, Handford and Spry, Flo...
Dates: 31 March 1890

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 9 June 1890

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.12
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Yankee Henri Carney Comedian, Mimic, Vocalist and Dancer, Miss Bella Viller Vocalist, The Niagara Boys, Frank and Jim US Burlesque Boxing Act in ‘I see it coming’, Harry Leander Dutch and Tyrolean Vocalist, Annie St. Pierre Male Impersonator, etc., Mr Sam Ridway Vocal Comedian and Characteristic Comic, Chippendale and Ashley Refined Irish Comedians and Dancers, Mr. J.P. Curlett-‘The new Ashcroft. ‘The Coming Man’. Printed by S. Griffith and Co,...
Dates: 9 June 1890

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Type
Archival Object 353
Digital Record 3
Collection 2
 
Subject
Performers 351
Music-halls 347
Comedians 322
Singing 272
Dance 245