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Celebrating the great entertainers who took centre-stage at
Mexborough Hippodrome


Artist Derek Allport has been busy capturing the stars of yesteryear who who have brought joy and laughter to our forebears.
Like many provincial theatres in the country, Mexborough Hippodrome attracted the biggest names in entertainment.
You can be sure 'House Full' notices were up when any of the following top names came to town.
Derek has fashioned his drawings as cards - a bit like the ones they gave away in cigarette packs, or with tea. In time he hopes to have around two score, so check back to see who else has joined his Hall of Fame.

Clicking on a card will open up an enlargement.

 


Introduction to the series

 


Florrie Forde


George Robey


Tommy Hanley

Lily Elsie
 

Walford Bodie

 


Tod Slaughter

 


Little Titch

 


Jack Pleasants


Wilson, Kepple & Betty


Stainless Stephen


Samuel Franklyn Cody


Norman Evans


Bransby Williams


Gracie Fields


Sam Livesey


Clara Butt


George Formby Snr.


Harry Houdini


The Great Carmo


Dan Leno.


Verdy Popple

Horace Hillerby

Charlie Chaplin
     

Coming soon - Rockingham Theatre Cards

In the 1970's almost everyone in Mexborough and district was enjoying the delights of the Jesters Nightclub. New and established entertainers (some sadly on their way down) appeared there.

There was also another smaller but excellent entertainment venue at the former Schofield Street School known as the Rockingham Theatre. Geoff Sargieson, then a senior producer for Radio Sheffield and leader of the theatre group had a full programme of plays, comedy and musical performances which had a smaller but discerning audience. Geoff had two theatres at the former school. One was a theatre in the round, and the other had a music hall proscenium - a polystyrene set which Geoff acquired from Sheffield Playhouse.
He produced 'Live at the Rockingham Theatre' shows for Radio Sheffield and featured some of the finest of entertainers including many who are still performing.

This will be a set of 15-20 cards.