Research Document - Performers on Hastings Pier

Entertainment troupes like The Jovillians, in this 1914 post card, amused the holiday crowds with singing, dancing, comic sketches, acrobatics, ventriloquism – in fact, anything that would entertain.

Before television and radio, music hall and comedy theatre were the popular entertainments of their day, and as many people aspired to fame in the music hall as achieved it. Music hall gained a new respectability in the Edwardian era, when the king was a frequent patron. Holiday resorts were important places on the performance circuit, and Hastings Pier, as the only entertainment venue in the town open all year round, attracted famous international performers as well as local troupes.

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