Tales of City Centre Music Halls, Circuses and Fairgrounds around West Bar

Saturday, 2nd December 2023

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Starts outside the Lyceum Theatre, Tudor Square

£5 or free for Sheffield Civic Trust members


A guided walk around the West Bar area of Sheffield, visiting the sites of long gone music halls, circuses and pub singing rooms, with tales of the managers, artistes and clientele of these establishments.

Chris Reece, former theatre manager at Sheffield Theatres, will lead a linear walk round the West Bar Area ‘The Shaftesbury Avenue of Sheffield’ visiting the sites of the long gone music halls, pubs, circuses and fairgrounds such as The Gaiety, Britannia, Grand, Surrey and Alexandra. Hear of the legendary manager Tommy Youdan and the stars who came to Sheffield: Champagne Charlie, Dan Leno, Charles Coburn and Sheffield’s own Harvey Teasdale, the Man Monkey. Find out whether Van Amburgh survived his farewell performance in the lion’s den!

1.8 miles (3km)

Start: Outside the Lyceum Theatre, Tudor Square S1 2LA

Finish: Shakespeare pub, Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB

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