Site Name: White Lion
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location
Later (see Arthur Lloyd)
Address: 125 Edgeware Road, Paddington. For a current map,
Alternate Names: Metropolitan Music Hall, Metropolitan Theatre.
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).
Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)
Under "The Metropolitan Theatre, 207 Edgware Road, Paddington.
Originally on this site was an inn called the White Lion Public House which dated from 1524. In 1836 the White Lion was rebuilt as a concert room. But then in 1862 it was rebuilt again at a cost of £25,000 with a capacity of 2,000 and opened on the 8th of December that year.
On Easter Monday 1864 the Theatre reopened as the Metropolitan Music Hall.
In 1897 the Theatre was once again rebuilt, this time by Frank Matcham, with a slightly smaller capacity of 1,855.
This Theatre was to survive until 1963 when on Good Friday, April 12th, the curtain came down for the last time and the Theatre was demolished. [...]"
Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (http://www.victorianlondon.org/)
(Under Entertainment - Theatres & Shows - Music Hall - Halls - Metropolitan (Edgeware Rd))
Historical Directory of Pubs in the South East of England, including London (Website). 09/14/2008 (http://londonpublichouse.com/index.shtml)
Gives address as "267/9 Edgware Road, Paddington"
Theatrical Journal (London) September 13, 1847: 295:2.