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Karno, Fred, 1866 - 1941



  • Existence: 1866 - 1941


Frederick John Westcott aka Fred Karno, was an English music hall impresario and comedian, born in Exeter, Devon.

Among the music hall comedians who worked for him were Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Argyle Theatre Collection

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, 15 July 1907

Reference code: 178R12.321
Scope and Contents

Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Fred Karno’s Comedians in Mumming Birds, Little Dorretta Dainty Dutch Comedian and Acrobatic Sabot dancer, Walker and Lake popular Patter Purveyers, The Grosvenors Singers of popular Melodies, Maston Mimic, Billy Richardson Black Orator, The Royal Bioscope, Ernest Montefiore and Co. In Dramatic Sketch. Printed by S. Griffith and Co, Printers, Liverpool. Red, blue and yellow type.

Dates: 15 July 1907

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Chiswick Empire Programme, 26 January 1914

Reference code: 178K53.111
Scope and Contents

Three fold programme, white and blue type and illustration of the interior of the theatre and commercial advertising on the outside, inside commercial advertising and programme listing The Dennisons, Frederick Sylvester & Co., Sammy Shields, Joe Peterman, The McNaughtons, The Seven Tagged Gipsy Girls, Daisy Sloan, Fred Karno and On the Bioscope big game hunting in central Africa.

Dates: 26 January 1914

Posters, c1880 - 1940

Reference code: 178R12
Scope and Contents

Large collection of Argyle Theatre posters.

Dates: c1880 - 1940

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

The Birmingham Empire Palace Programme, 26 July 1897

Reference code: 178K53.114
Scope and Contents

Three fold programme with yellow and blue illustrations of dancing and trapeze act and views of the theatre on the outside, inside commercial advertising and programme listing Jean Stanley, Florador Quartette, Brothers Dare, Will Hedben, Fred Karno's Company, Ellie Stuart, Lydia Yeamans, Northern Troupe, Fredericks Troupe, Lottie Lennox, Hillary Troupe and the Biograph the following week. Green and red type on white background. Printed by James Upton Lith, Birmingham.

Dates: 26 July 1897

The Holborn Empire Programme, 19 February 1906

Reference code: 178K53.108
Scope and Contents

Black type on light brown background with floral illustration and illustration of theatre stage on the front cover, inside commercial advertising and programme listing Fred Karno's Company, Jail Birds, The Mezzettis, J.P. Ling, Jordan & Harvey, Tom Costello, The Poluski Brothers, The Carlyles, Gladys Mavius, Virginia & Piccaninnies, The Tramp's Dream on the bioscope, Miss Camilla Dalberg & Co., and sheet music for I Want to Get Away Back Home song, 4p.p.

Dates: 19 February 1906

The Norwich Hippodrome Programme, 10 October 1910

Reference code: 178K53.93
Scope and Contents

Three fold programme containing colour illustrations of various circus acts, a woman plaing a hand held harp and a woman dancing on the front over a red background and programme inside in green type on off white background listing Fred Karno's company, The Bodina Trio, Little Dando, Mdlle. Haydee, Chas. J. Lever, Animated Pictures and Bros. Andreasen. Also contains commercial advertisement.

Dates: 10 October 1910