Rudolf Valentino and Charlie Chaplin’s sweetheart stars at the Manchester Hippodrome

1931 saw the world famous femme fatale topping the bill at the Manchester Hippodrome on Oxford St, Manchester.  It was a real achievement for the theatre to bring this icon to Manchester.  People swarmed in droves to the theatre to see what Pola Negri,the woman who stole the heart of their screen idol Rudolf Valentino. looked like. Pola Negri ,...

Comedy tops the bill at The Manchester Hippodrome in 1923

  Sir Oswald Stoll and the Moss Empire Theatres. Sir Oswald Stoll who owned the Manchester Hippodrome Theatre joined up with Edward Moss  and Richard Thornton to create Moss Empire Theatre Company in 1900. Eventually they opened 28 variety theatres throughout the country. In 1912 Sir Oswald  Stoll was responsible for putting on the first Royal Command Performance.  Amongst other...

Paganini hit Manchester by storm in 1832 !

Niccolò  Paganini Manchester ‘Theatre Royal’ patrons were honoured in both 1832 and 1838 with the appearances and performances of this world class musician who’s music is still played today. Niccolò  Paganini In January 1832 Manchester had the privilege of hosting the world famous Italian Niccolò Paganini as he was one of the opening concerts at the 1832 Manchester Music Festival....

Another Opening, another Show 1904 at the Manchester Hippodrome

The start of a Great Theatre The Manchester Hippodrome Theatre was situated on Oxford Street, Manchester It was built by Sir Oswald Stoll in 1904 at the princely cost of £45,000, today 2019 this would be about £5 million. On its opening night it was advertised as ‘A Variety Theatre and Circus, staging the most amazing water spectaculars and moving...

‘What every woman Know’ is the well kept secret at the Opera House, Manchester in 1929

Sweet Lavender The popular romantic comedy ‘Sweet Lavender’ was written by the Victorian playwright Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. It was staged in 1923 at the Opera House, Manchester. It was a great success in the West End and toured successfully throughout Europe and America. the author called it a “domestic drama.”  Sweet Lavender was first performed in 1888 and in...