National Hall

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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: National Hall
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: High Holborn (in the proximity of #242). For a current map, Click Here. For an historical map showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here. (Scroll down to the 1900 Map, and look for 'Weston's'.)

  • Alternate Names: National School Rooms. Later purchased and turned into part of Weston’s Music Hall.

  • 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 National Hall

    Events at National Hall

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Concert 12 April 1847 - 12 April 1847 London, London (city-county) Lantum Serenaders
    Variety 8 May 1848 - 8 May 1848 London, London (city-county) Roberts, T. (the "Ethiopian Delineator")
    Concert 17 October 1849 - 17 October 1849 London, London (city-county) Cave, J.H.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (

      (Some information under Holborn Empire)

    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.


    • Senelick, Laurence et al. British Music-Hall 1840-1923. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1981.

      pp.77-8 (under Holborn Empire).