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The Folly Theatre, Peter Street, Manchester

Promotional postcard showing a playbill of the acts playing at the Folly Theatre of Varieties, (known as the Folly) Peter Street, Manchester for the week commencing Monday, 24th March 1889. This particular bill, starred Marie Loftus (1857-1940) who was one of the great female stars of the British music hall. Known as " The Sarah Bernhardt of the Music Halls", she rose to become a leading national star, touring abroad to the USA and South Africa. The Music Hall and Theatre Review of Saturday, 30th May 1891 stated that " Tom Costello is still here", suggesting he was a regular and popular performer at The Folly. Date: circa 1889

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1889 Bernhardt Comedies Comedy Folly Loftus Manchester Marie Panto Pantomime Peter Revue Revues Sarah Varieties Variety Playbills


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Step right up and prepare for an unforgettable night of entertainment at Manchester's very own Folly Theatre! This enchanting postcard from circa 1889 showcases the impressive playbill of acts gracing the stage for the week commencing Monday, 24th March. Among the stellar line-up is the remarkable Marie Loftus, affectionately known as 'The Sarah Bernhardt of the Music Halls.' Her undeniable talent and captivating stage presence propelled her to become one of the leading female stars of British music halls, with tours extending to the USA and South Africa. Joining Marie on this bill was the ever-popular Tom Costello, a regular and crowd favorite at The Folly. The theatre offered a vibrant mix of entertainment, featuring plays, pantomimes, revues, comedies, and more. The Folly Theatre of Varieties, located on Peter Street in Manchester, was renowned for its ability to bring joy and laughter to audiences week after week. As you gaze upon this evocative playbill, imagine the magic that unfolded within the theatre's walls. The anticipation of the audience, the spotlight on the stage, and the enchanting performances that captivated the hearts and minds of the people. The Folly Theatre truly was a beacon of popular entertainment in Manchester during the late 1800s.

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