Casino de Venise

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Venue Type & Location

Tavern

Site Name: Casino de Venise
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: 218 High Holborn. For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Holborn Casino, Holborn Dancing Saloon. Previously known as the Holborn Swimming Baths; later became the Holborn Restaurant.


  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:


  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.


  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).


    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Casino de Venise

    Events at Casino de Venise

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Exhibition 15 April 1844 - 20 April 1844 London, London (city-county) Ojibbeway Indians
    Exhibition 2 June 1845 - 7 June 1845 London, London (city-county) Ojibbeway Indians
    Variety 4 January 1847 - 9 January 1847 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 24 January 1848 - 29 January 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 31 January 1848 - 5 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 7 February 1848 - 12 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 14 February 1848 - 19 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 16 February 1848 - 16 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 21 February 1848 - 26 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 28 February 1848 - 4 March 1848 London, London (city-county) Tennessee Minstrels
    Variety 27 March 1848 - 1 April 1848 London, London (city-county) Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 3 April 1848 - 8 April 1848 London, London (city-county) Barlow, W.R.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)




      ”Embassy Theatre, and Holborn Restaurant, High Holborn, Kingsway


      The Embassy Theatre in High Holborn, was next door to the Holborn Restaurant which was on the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn. There is now a new building on the site (shown above) which includes a Sainsbury's Supermarket amongst many other shops and offices.



      The Embassy Theatre was converted from a former building by the well known Theatre Architect Frank Verity. A programme for October 1923 at the Theatre states that 'The Directors are grateful to their architect, Mr. Frank Verity, F. R. I. B. A., for his services in surmounting the many Map of Kingsway and High Holborn showing the position of the Holborn Restaurant and the Embassy Theatre.difficulties occasioned by the adaptation of the old premises to the new requirements.'



      Left - Map of Kingsway and High Holborn showing the position of the Holborn Restaurant, the Embassy Theatre, and the Novelty Theatre. - From 'The Fascination of London / Holborn and Bloomsbury' by Sir Walter Besant 1836-1901, which states that the 'Holborn Restaurant forms part of the side of this street; this is a very gorgeous building, and within is a very palace of modern luxury. It stands on the site formerly occupied by the Holborn Casino or Dancing Saloon.'”
    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (http://www.victorianlondon.org/)




      (Under Entertainment and Recreation - Dancing - Holborn Casino)
    • Theatrical Journal (London) January 9, 1847: 13:2.