Building    From 5/9/1910  To 7/5/1960

Finsbury Park Empire Theatre

Categories: Theatre

Designed by Frank Matcham. One of London’s most popular variety theatres. Here, in January 1921, the magician P. T. Selbit performed the illusion of "sawing a lady in half" - its first public performance.

The rising popularity of television in the 1950s caused the closure of many theatres including this one. The building was then used as a scenery store until it was demolished in April 1965 and replaced with a block of flats given the appropriate name of Vaudeville Court.

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Finsbury Park Empire Theatre

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Finsbury Park Empire Theatre

Site of the Finsbury Park Empire Theatre, 1910 - 1960, home to music hall and...

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Maria Theresa Kemble

Maria Theresa Kemble

Actress. Born Vienna. Wife to Charles Kemble, with daughter Fanny. Died near Chertsey.

Person, Theatre, Austria

1 memorial
Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell

Born Joyce Phipps in Montpelier Square, London. Her mother was sister to Nancy Astor, MP, so she was "well brought up". Aged 19 she married Reggie, her husband until her death. The picture is a se...

Person, Cinema, Humour, Theatre

2 memorials
Ian Albery

Ian Albery

Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells when the new theatre opened in October 1998.

Person, Politics & Administration, Theatre

1 memorial
Sir Harry Lauder

Sir Harry Lauder

Internationally successful singer and comedian, music hall artiste (e.g. "Roamin' in the Gloamin'"). Born Edinburgh. His first London engagement was in 1900 and, having reduced his strong accent, t...

Person, Music / songs, Theatre, Scotland

1 memorial
Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi

Pantomime clown appearing at Sadler's Wells, Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres. The traditional clowns' make-up, being called Joey and many of the gags and tricks date back to Grimaldi. Born i...

Person, Humour, Seriously Famous, Theatre

6 memorials