Popular Entertainments : Newspaper Cuttings

Jeffrey Knowles has kindly transcribed a large number of items from national newspapers which mention popular entertainments in Halifax, notably

The Bradford Daily Telegraph [Tuesday 4th December 1877]9

Charlie Keith's Circus North Bridge, Halifax

Open every evening at 7 o'clock
The handsome building is the largest ever erected in the town
THE SPLENDID COMPANY received each performance with acclamations of delight
Mr Keith wishes to impress on the public that he is continually changing the programme
and artists, and that which is seen on week cannot be seen the next
A chance of seeing:-
First appearance of the renowned ARLOTTI FAMILY, male and female acrobats,
five in number
THE WONDROUS SILBONS in their wonderful Single and Double somersaults
SEVEN CLOWNS. CHARLIE KEITH the Spontaneous Wit Infuser in his original eccentricities
W. CRUIKSHANK, Shakespeare Jester. BROTHERS ANDERSON the Droll Grotesques
Prices: Family boxes £1. 1s each; Res Seats 3s each; Boxes 2s; Pit & Promenade 1s;
Gallery 6d. Riding lessons given daily at the circus


The Era [Saturday 16th October 1897]3

MR FRANK HARCOURT (F.J. Harding) who ten years ago was manager of the Royal Hotel and Oddfellows Hall, Halifax, has taken over that well known establishment and in due time he intends to open the large hall, to which he will bring the best of talent.

Mr Harcourt, twenty years experience of the business, first as an artiste and then as a manager, should enable him to guide the oddfellows Hall into the groove of success.

At any rate, he will do his utmost to make it go.


The Era [Saturday 8th December 1889]6


Equestrians, Lady and Gentlemen Trick Act Riders, Trick Horses and School Act Riders and Tumbling Comic Clowns to open immediately.

No reply given to Artistes who change names and use printed headlines, unless they state who they are and what their business consists of.

Apply; Keith and Tudor, Circus, Halifax.


The Era [Saturday 6th April 1889]1

Oddfellows Hall, Halifax

Proprietor Mr Will Taylor.

An excellent programme is provided at this hall:

  • DUDLEY & GALE: eccentric character comedians
  • ELVA: juggling & balancing
  • MISS JULIA CRAVEN: ballad vocalist
  • SISTERS BIRDENA: instrumental duets and graceful dancing
  • TOM WILLS: the musical clown assisted by Miss Eugenie and Master Nelson Wills who is a clever little dancer
  • MISS COSGROVE: a pleasing ballad singer
  • FRED HOLT: sings some descriptive songs
  • PROFESSOR HUTCHINSON: the ventriloquist is a great success


The Era [Saturday 22nd May 1886]4

GLENVOR BROTHERS (Three in number) Double and Triple Horizontal Bar performers, at liberty for Galas and Fetes.

A big novelty and unequalled business.

Apply 3, Allerton Place, Lister Lane, Halifax


The Halifax Guardian [Saturday 1st June 1889.]7

Halifax County Court

Messrs John Dyson & Son, Builders, brought action against Messrs. Keith & Tudor, circus proprietors to recover £18 8/5d the balance of account for work done to erect a wooden building in the old cattle market which had been used by the defendants as a circus.

Case adjourned.


The Era [Saturday 19th December 1891.]2

WANTED Big Stars

Novelties (Aerial shows excepted) Apply: Will Taylor, Oddfellows Hall, Halifax


The Bradford Daily Telegraph [Thursday 10th January 1889.]5

Keith & Tudor's Circus, Gibbet Street, Halifax.

Monster Company of Celebrated Performers.

  • TUDOR & PALMYRA: King & Queen of riders
  • FINNEY the champion swimmer of the world;
  • Charlie Keith and seven great clowns and


The Bradford Daily Telegraph [Thursday 10th January 1878.]8


The Halifax Board of Guardians gave a vote of thanks to Mr Charlie Keith, the proprietor of a circus at North Bridge, Halifax for his kindness in allowing the inmates of the Workhouse to witness one of his excellent performances, and also for his generous gift of sixpence each to those much pleased visitors.


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