Royal Casino/Surrey Music Hall

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Music Hall

Site Name: Royal Casino/Surrey Music Hall
Location: Sheffield
County: Yorkshire: West Riding
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: West Bar. For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Youdan's Casino, Surrey Theatre & 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

  • Events at Royal Casino/Surrey Music Hall

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Minstrel Show 24 December 1849 - 29 December 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Sullivan, J.
    Minstrel Show 6 January 1850 - 11 January 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Brothers Redman, The
    Variety 17 April 1850 - 20 April 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 22 April 1850 - 27 April 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 29 April 1850 - 4 May 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 6 May 1850 - 11 May 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 13 May 1850 - 18 May 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 20 May 1850 - 25 May 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 27 May 1850 - 1 June 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851), Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 3 June 1850 - 8 June 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851)
    Variety 10 June 1850 - 15 June 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851), Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 17 June 1850 - 22 June 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Juba (1850-1851), Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 24 June 1850 - 29 June 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Holmes, J.B. , Juba (1850-1851), Barlow, W.R.
    Unknown 9 September 1850 - 14 September 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Murphy, J., The American Jumbo
    Minstrel Show 16 September 1850 - 21 September 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Murphy, J., The American Jumbo
    Variety 24 February 1851 - 1 March 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Holmes, J.B.
    Variety 3 March 1851 - 8 March 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Holmes, J.B.
    Variety 31 March 1851 - 5 April 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mackney, E.W.
    Minstrel Show 7 April 1851 - 12 April 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mackney, E.W.
    Variety 28 May 1851 - 28 May 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mackney, E.W.
    Variety 25 November 1851 - 25 November 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Hutsfield, Lawrence, Sentimental & Comic Negro Vocalist, Nash
    Exhibition 22 March 1852 - 27 March 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Kaffir Chiefs
    Variety 23 May 1853 - 28 May 1853 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mackney, E.W.

    Bibliographic Sources

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




      ”The Surrey Music Hall, Sheffield



      The Surrey Music Hall was built in 1851 and was demolished after a fire in 1865.”
    • Era (London) April 21, 1850: 12: 1.
      Info in Record:
      • proprietor/lessee:

        (“Mr. T. Youdan”)
    • Era (London) November 30, 1851: 12:1.
    • Sheffield Daily Telegraph September 13, 1930: Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection.
    • Sheffield Daily Telegraph September 15, 1930: Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection.
    • Sheffield Independent March 17, 1849: Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection.
    • Sheffield Independent March 24, 1849: Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection.
    • Sheffield Times May 11, 1850: 8: 1.
      Info in Record:
      • proprietor/lessee
      • venue description/décor/performance environment
    • Stainton, J.H. The Making of Sheffield 1865-1914.

      "Sheffield's Life Stories" Chapter; Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection

    • University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection KB/3: Sheffield Cuttings Vol 8, p6
    • University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection KB/3: Sheffield Cuttings Vol 49, p34
    • Vickers, J. Edward. A Popular History of Sheffield. East Ardsley, Wakefield: EP Publishing Limited, 1978.




      “Undoubtedly the most famous of the town’s theatres was the ‘Surrey Music Hall’ in West Bar. One of the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, it combined a theatre, ballroom and menagerie. It was certainly the most beautiful and was considered second only to Covent Garden in London. The splendid ballroom was surrounded by enormous mirrors and magnificent pictures and it possessed a fine decorated ceiling. The owner of this remarkable building was Thomas Youdan, always known as Tommy. The theatre specialized in melodrama and Tommy believed that everything on the stage should be as realistic as possible. Unfortunately on the 25th March 1865 when a play called ‘The Streets of London’ was in progress, a scene where the houses were to catch fire became too realistic and the stage scenery caught alight. The fire spread round the theatre and all the building, including the ballroom and menagerie, was gutted. From 1865 to 1880 the ruins of this once magnificent theatre remained, until they were cleared away to make room for other buildings.

      “The remarkable Tommy Youdan was undismayed by his thirty thousand pound loss and he decided to open again at new premises called the ‘Royal Alexandra Theatre’ in Blonk Street. Always called by the Sheffield townsfolk the ‘Old Alex’, this theatre had a stage that projected over the River Don. Though the programmes often consisted of opera, the singers would keep the audiences happy by inserting popular songs between the arias and encouraging all to join in the choruses. After Tommy Youdan died, the ‘Old Alex’ passed through various hands and was finally closed in 1914, to be demolished the following year. Another theatre that suffered the same fate as the Surrey Music Hall was the Alhambra, in Union Street, which was burnt down in 1822. (236-9)