Visit to Manchester

The Brothers Onda visited the Palace in 1899, 1900 & 1904

Visited Manchester last week for the Social History Curators Conference and I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the Palace Theatre on Oxford Road as I strolled past.

The Brothers Onda performed at the Palace Theatre in 1899, 1900 and 1904. Glad to see this great northern theatre is still going strong.

I am writing the chapter on the Brothers Onda at the moment. I have recently been contacted by the relatives of a performer connected to the Brothers Onda who have sent me some amazing images of them performing on stage.

I would love to see the behind the scenes of the Palace and imagine them swinging on their horizontal bars across the stage! Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive as they only do group tours and don’t have a tour you can book onto. Shame. Missing out on all those potential tourist keen to see where the young Chaplin danced in his clogs!

About Emma Heslewood

I am a historian and museum curator with broad interests including early topical films, social and industrial history, numismatics, archaeology and WW1. I am an expert on the life and work of the Victorian acrobat and topical film maker - Will Onda.
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