Music Hall

Music hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment popular between 1850 and 1960. It involved a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality acts and variety entertainment. The term is derived from a type of theatre or venue in which such entertainment took place. British music hall was similar to American vaudeville, featuring rousing songs and comic acts, while in the United Kingdom the term “vaudeville”‘ referred to more working-class types of entertainment that would have been termed “burlesque” in America.

Arthur Lloyd Great collection of articles on the history of Music Hall.

Columbia Encyclopedia Entry on music hall.

Musicals 101 Excellent short history of the English music hall by John Kenrick. Offers useful information on statistics, atmosphere, structure of the theatres and some of the stars of the genre.

Obscure Stages Bibliography of music hall resources.

Paul Morris Wonderful English music hall site detailing entertainers past and present, song lyrics and trivia.

Penn State York University Brief history of music hall, vaudeville and burlesque.

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