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Cover of the book by The Dramatic Publishing Company | Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend (one-act comedy) by Paul Elliott

Cover of the book by The Dramatic Publishing Company | Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend (one-act comedy) by Paul Elliott

A typical evening at a London theater began at six and lasted at least three hours. The program began with music played by the theater's orchestra from the time the doors opened at four or five, followed by a prologue and then a full-length play. An afterpiece, usually a pantomime, farce, or comic opera, completed the evening. The intervals between acts were filled with variety acts, which ranged from singing, dancing, magic tricks, acrobatics, through trained animals.

A typical evening at a London theater began at six and lasted at least three hours. The program began with music played by the theater's orchestra from the time the doors opened at four or five, followed by a prologue and then a full-length play. An afterpiece, usually a pantomime, farce, or comic opera, completed the evening. The intervals between acts were filled with variety acts, which ranged from singing, dancing, magic tricks, acrobatics, through trained animals.

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick: A Clean Rural Comedy in Three Acts  (1919) by Lieut. Beale Cormack (Walter Benjamin Hare)

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick: A Clean Rural Comedy in Three Acts (1919) by Lieut. Beale Cormack (Walter Benjamin Hare)

The Devil, The Damsel & Demon Rum: An Old-Fashioned Melodrama | A New Musical Comedy

The Devil, The Damsel & Demon Rum: An Old-Fashioned Melodrama | A New Musical Comedy

Comedians: Stephen Spurling, Sean, Susanna Lee, David Dayen

Comedians: Stephen Spurling, Sean, Susanna Lee, David Dayen

An early photo of the Marx brothers with their parents in New York City, 1915. From left to right: Groucho, Gummo, Minnie (mother), Zeppo, Frenchie (father), Chico, and Harpo.

An early photo of the Marx brothers with their parents in New York City, 1915. From left to right: Groucho, Gummo, Minnie (mother), Zeppo, Frenchie (father), Chico, and Harpo.

Charlie Ballard | Outlaugh Comedy Festival 2006

Charlie Ballard | Outlaugh Comedy Festival 2006

Vivien Leigh as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Vivien Leigh as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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