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1912, London Palace Theatre

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1st July, 1912
The Palace Theatre, London

This was the very first Royal Command Performance representing British variety & music hall, and presented all the great names of the day. All, that is, but Marie Lloyd, perhaps the biggest name in popular music hall at the time. Her ommission, apparantly on the grounds that she was too risque for such a Royal performance at a time when music hall was just becoming 'respectable', is one of the most controversial in the history of the Royal Variety Performance.

This first staging was a lavish occasion, and the theatre was decorated with 3 million roses draped around the auditorium and over the boxes. The show's profits were donated to the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund, as the EABF was then known, to contribute towards its proposed plans to build an extension to its home for elderly entertainers, Brinsworth House.


ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V
and HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARY

Presented by: Alfred Butt
Musical Director: Herman Finck

PIPIFAX and PANLO
BARCLAY GAMMON
THE PALACE GIRLS
CHIRGWIN
THE BOGANNYS
FANNY FIELDS
PAUL CINQUEVALLI
HARRY TATE
IDA CRISPI & FRED FARRN
VESTA TILLEY
LA PIA
LITTLE TITCH
ARTHUR PRINCE
ALFRED LESTER
CLARICE MAYNE
CHARLES T. ALDRICH
GEORGE ROBEY
DAVID DEVANT
WILKIE BARD
HARRY LAUDER
CECILIA LOFTUS
1912
1912

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