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...

Mae West says ‘Come up and see me sometime at the Palace Theatre, Manchester 1929

Mae West Mae West came to Manchester to star in her very own show that she had written herself called ‘Diamond Lil’. Despite it having censorship problems in America due to the story line being about a racy woman in the 1890’s.  This play was turned into a film in 1933. After hearing the folk song “Frankie and Johnny,” which...