The museum building was built for Carlo Gatti (1817-1878), a Swiss entrepreneur who prospered in the ice import trade and catering in London. One branch of the family's business was music hall entertainment and we celebrate that part of a remarkable business family with an evening of performances, Victorian style, in the museum on 2nd November 2024. Although the building was never a theatre in Gatti's day, we are sure he would have approved!
For many, life in Victorian Britain was bleak. Carlo Gatti’s Music Hall Theatre gave Londoners an evening of laughter and recreation to dispel the gloom of everyday life. In its heyday "Gattis in the Arches" was one of London's popular music halls. Carlo himself was long gone but members of his family ran music hall venues such as "Gatti's Palace of Varieties" (Also known as "Gatti's over the Water") from around the 1860s onwards. We know that in 1867 the great man himself petitioned the magistrates for what we would today call an entertainent licence and gave his address as "Wharf Road, Islington" which was most probably in fact what is now New Wharf Road, and the London Canal Museum. The Gatti family had complicated business interests that were interwoven but music hall was most definitely part of the Gatti story. Celebrating that aspect of history we welcome The New Players' Theatre Company to perform a show that Victorian audiences might have recognised.
The New Players' Theatre Company are delighted that they will be returning to the London Canal Museum following the sold-out performance for Gatti's 200th birthday celebration in 2019 and again in 2023. They have presented music hall at The Charing Cross Theatre for many years, under the arches at Villiers Street, and they take great pleasure in bringing music hall to theatres and venues in London and around the country. So let's step back to the good old days and enjoy an evening of fun and frolics.
The company performaning at the museum in 2019
This performance at London Canal Museum started at 1930. There will be a bar selling wine and beer from 1830 onwards, during the interval and after the show. The show will finish at around 2130.
Tickets are not yet available for 2024
Prices to be announced. There are no free seats for young children. The performance is not suitable for young children.