Theatre: Golder’s Green Hippodrome
Main Actors: Bela Lugosi, Arthur Hosking, Richard Butler, David Dawson, Sheila Wynn
This early 1950s theatre programme presents the gothic horror play Dracula starring the legend of the role, Mr Bela Lugosi. Mr Lugosi became well known as a gothic horror movie actor having famously acted the part of Dracula in the famous 1931 movie. Mr. Lugosi has a star on Hollywood Boulevard and a statue in his native city of Budapest. Notation on front cover : Monday, May 14th, 1951 – First Night , presumably written by the original theatre-goer.
Built in 1913, the Hippodrome Theatre, originally as a music hall but eventually used as pre- and post- West End performances. In 1969 it was bought by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) who used it as a radio station and a concert hall. The BBC invited many top rock bands including Queen; top comedy acts; drama and musicals; even boxing was broadcasted from this diverse venue.
However, the good times faded away when the BBC sold the building in 2003 and it became just another neglected building, another lost theatre.
1n 2007 the building was given a completely new purpose becoming the El Shaddai International Christian centre.
12 pages including front and back cover; approx 21.5cms x 14cms; Also includes the ticket.