Charles Morton

Definition

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  • (1819 - 1904) British pioneer of music hall entertainment,who was known as the Father of the Halls. Born in Hackney,he became the landlord of the Canterbury Tavern there in 1848 andconstructed a venue for entertainment on the tavern's skittle alley.This later became the famous Canterbury Music Hall.

    In 1861 Morton opened the Oxford Music Hall in London,the first purpose-built music hall of its kind; he gave up the Canterburysix years later. His skilful management of his halls and the starswho performed in them led to his being asked to run and revitalizethe faltering London Pavilion in Westminster and the Tivoli MusicHall in the Strand (see Tiv).

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