Music Hall Studies was a twice yearly non-profit making journal devoted to furthering research into music hall and the variety theatre.
In this edition, we feature George Edwardes, best known for inventing musical comedy at the Gaiety Theatre. But he was keen to diversify. He was, for instance, the manager of the Empire, Leicester Squire, at the time of the licensing scandal of 1894. We also focus on another amazing George – George Belmont, singer, comedian, clog dancer, theatre manager and arch-fiend of alliterative allusions. We tell the story of the murder of the cycling troupe owner, Letine, and turn the spotlight on the extraordinary Rudge Sisters: Letty Lind, Millie Hylton, Adelaide Astor, Lydia Flopp and Fanny Dango.
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