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by J.O. Blake Compiled and Illustrated by Nicholas Charlesworth Foreword by John Earl Edited by David F Cheshire Paperback, 273mm x 210mm, 528pp including 48pp in full-colour. 20pp detailed Indices: Artistes, Theatres, Managements, Productions and Architects Price above includes post and packing in UK only Postage to Europe (incl. Eire): please add extra £10 Sterling to our PayPal account Postage to Rest of World: please add extra £18 Sterling to our PayPal account A journey around 92 London Variety Theatres inspired by J.O. Blake's visits to Variety houses in the capital. This book brings together for the first time details and images from myriad sources of the 92 theatres used to stage Variety in London. There are over 400 line-and-wash drawings of exteriors and interiors of these theatres by Nicholas Charlesworth and a wonderful array of programmes and posters from each hall. In addition there are photographs of artistes, pictures of some of the old-time chairmen and illustrations showing details of the theatre circuits that covered the London area. There are even ticket stubs to prove that these lost theatres really existed. Many of the West End theatres covered are still standing, although mostly now operating as homes for musical shows. However, the former Variety theatres North and South of the Thames have mostly been demolished before their useful and decorative qualities were properly appreciated. Theatres such as The Metropolitan or The Queen's Theatre in Poplar were gems and, had they survived a few more years would surely have been renovated and kept in use. A big, well-equipped house like The Finsbury Park Empire (originally built for £45,000) would surely be cherished as a state theatre in many a continental town. This book is a 'must' for theatre buffs and researchers.