Bill posters from Harrogate’s Royal Hall reveal varied past


Last updated Apr 16, 2022

Bill posters from Harrogate’s Royal Hall show the venue has hosted a surprisingly varied range of performances including boxing, sea lions and even a game of football.

Since opening as The Kursaal in 1903 it has welcomed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including The Beatles, Louis Armstrong and Little Richard.

Other huge names of the 20th century such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Ernest Shackleton also visited to perform lectures in Harrogate.

A collection of bill posters from the Royal Hall’s past are held in its artifacts room. They were collected and donated to the Royal Hall by the late Mike Hine, who was a leading member of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust.

If you’d like to find out more about the history of the Royal Hall, it runs several open days throughout the year.

We’ve included some of Mr Hine’s collection below.

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