Royal Albert Saloon

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Venue Type & Location

Tavern

Site Name: Royal Albert Saloon
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: 106 Shepherdess' Walk, City road (North of the Grecian Saloon/Eagle Tavern) For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Royal Albert Saloon and Standard Tavern and Tea Gardens


  • 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

  • Address: 106 Shepherdess' Walk, City road (North of the Grecian Saloon/Eagle Tavern). For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Royal Albert Saloon and Standard Tavern and Tea Gardens


  • 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 Royal Albert Saloon

    Events at Royal Albert Saloon

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Variety 24 August 1842 - 24 August 1842 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 9 December 1844 - 14 December 1844 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 12 December 1844 - 12 December 1844 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 13 December 1844 - 13 December 1844 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 21 December 1844 - 21 December 1844 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 16 March 1846 - 16 March 1846 London, London (city-county) Ethiopian Minstrels
    Variety 25 December 1848 - 30 December 1848 London, London (city-county) Holmes, J.B.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Bratton, Jacky. New Readings in Theatre History. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003.

      pp55-58.



      Notes that the venue was also called the “Royal Albert Saloon and Standard Tavern and Tea Gardens” (55), and gives some information about the performance space and typical fare.
    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (http://www.victorianlondon.org/)

      (Under Entertainment - Gardens & Spas - Albert Saloon & Royal Standard Pleasure Gardens)

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

      p.21 (under Bayswater Public House).

    • London Theatres Website (Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury). 05/22/2008 (http://library.kent.ac.uk/library/special/html/specoll/theindex.htm)
    • Public Record Office (now National Archives), Lord Chamberlain's Collection Police Report, N. Division, Sept. 20, 1844




      “Gentlemen, With reference to the Albert Saloon situate in Shephedess Walk in my Division, it s [?] by a number of low and disorderly characters, particularly boys from 12 -16 or 17 years of age, who are frequently employed in selling checks and orders for admission to the Saloon and make use of the most violent and blackguard language to the great annoyance of the respectable inhabitants about the place, all of whom complain and may state they cannot let their lodgings in consequence of the noise and disorder created by them. […]


      Sixpence is charged for admission and one shilling to what [?] the stalls out of which sixpence worth of drink or other refreshment is given.
    • Senelick, Laurence et al. British Music-Hall 1840-1923. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1981.

      p89.

    • Theatres in Victorian London Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/theaters/pva234.html)