Canterbury Theatre of Varieties, Upper Marsh, Lambeth North, 1893


A programme for a performance at the Canterbury Theatre of Varieties, Upper Marsh, one of London's most famoust music halls.

Established in 1849 by Charles Morton, who added a new hall in 1851 and another one in 1855, the theatre was rebuilt in 1867 by R. E. Villiers, and survived as Gatti's Cinema until it was bombed in World War II.

A Reader comments:

As a boy, in the 1920s, I saw films in both The Canterbury and Gatti's and, as far as I remember, the two estab-lishments were on opposite sides of Westminster Bridge Road (not in Upper Marsh). If you look carefully at the programme illustrated, you will see that the address is shown there as Westminster Bridge Road.

At the time, I was living at 114 York Road. My first school was in Addington Street (then a cul-de-sac) and we did our domestic shopping in the Lower Marsh. Although it was a very long time ago, I do remember quite a lot of that area.

Harold Reed

Programme for August 18th 1893 published by the Canterbury Theatre.