Theatre Royal (Peeps) 1876 -1915 (1)

Theatre Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

U838 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 -1915.

Title Theatre Royal (Peeps)
Date 1876 – 1915
Location Yeadon
Photo ID U838
Comment George Herbert Teale. A brief history: At first there was opposition to a theatrical group from the local churches, but one of the instigators a George Herbert Teale, and members of the group, the first Yeadon Amateur Dramatic Society (YADS), persevered, and by paying a weekly subscription and opening a small general shop they managed to save £100 by 1876. With this money the theatre was built on the junction of King Street and Football and was called ‘The Peoples Theatre’ and became known locally as the ‘Peeps’. The building was of wooden construction included a balcony and could accommodate 800 people. The name of the Peoples Theatre was changed in 1892, to the Theatre Royal, though local folk still referred to it as the ‘Peeps’.
Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

E035 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Robinson Crusoe Pantomime – c1900 – Theatre Royal (Peeps) 

This lady was playing the part of Polly. It is thought she was the wife of Hartley Harrison who played Mrs Crusoe in the show, was she also the daughter of George Herbert Teale?

Sydney Howard also appeared as ‘Billy’.

Nellie Waterhouse & Dolly Waterhouse c1910

X103 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Robinson Crusoe Pantomime – c1900 – Theatre Royal (Peeps) 

Playing the part of Crusoe is Nellie Waterhouse, she is carrying her daughter Dolly who was a character called Rosie. Dolly Waterhouse can be seen acting in numerous pantomimes as she grew older in the following pages of ‘Peeps’.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

M054 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Theatre Royal (Peeps) Actors

An undated photograph of a group of Actors, from the Theatre Royal (Peeps). On the back row is Margaret Bailey one of the men with her is ‘Waterhouse’. The man in the front row is Joe Bailey, one of the women is Edith Bailey.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

D164 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Chamelo Troupe – c1909

Four undated photographs of a group of girls who were the Chamelo Troupe of entertainers. It is possible the location is the Theatre Royal (Peeps).

On the reverse of the first postcard photo is a message which reads:

“Dear Mary and Arthur I was pleased to hear you were having lovely weather. Hope you like these photos. The waether here is simply boiling loving all at present with best love from Mother”.

It was sent from Yeadon to a Mr Arthur Robinson in Blackpool.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

A148 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Chamelo Troupe – c1909

As above.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

D165 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Chamelo Troupe – c1909

As above.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

M029 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Chamelo Troupe – c1909

As above.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

A154 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

The Theatre Royal (Peeps) Orchestra, c1910

This was the Theatre Royal (Peeps) Orchestra. On the back row, second from the right is Haydon Long. Haydon went on to play in London orchestras and it is noted that he performed with a Mrs Obbe.
In the picture of the Peeps orchestra, Joe Bailey, is the violinist sitting on the right of the conductor. See ‘Previous Comments’ at the foot of this page.

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

D079 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Two Little Drummer Boys – Pantomime

An undated advertisement on a postcard for the Theatre Royal (Peeps). It has the following details:
“Theatre Royal, Yeadon
Thursday, Friday, Saturday October 18th 19th 20th
Miss Maggie Morton’s Co. presents Two little Drummer Boys
Plan at Box Office Prices as Usual”

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

D078 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Two Little Drummer Boys – Pantomime

An undated photograph of a Theatre Company of Miss Maggie Morton’s with ‘Two Little Drummer Boys’ who were appearing at the Theatre Royal (Peeps)

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

F121 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Babes in the Woods ?  Theatre Royal (Peeps)

Four undated photographs of these children who were in the pantomime chorus at the Theatre Royal (Peeps).

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

E306 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Babes in the Woods ?  Theatre Royal (Peeps)

A photograph of a group of children called ‘The Dots’ who were appearing in the pantomime at the Theatre Royal (Peeps)

Theater Royal (Peeps) 1876-1915

I030 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Babes in the Woods ?  Theatre Royal (Peeps)

The two children in front were the Babes, the others were fairies.  The young girl on the far right has recently been identified as Doris Annie Peck, the paternal grandma of Christine Roberts.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' Undated

X125 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Babes in the Woods – Undated

Charlotte Marshall on the left was ‘Margery’ and Margaret Bailey on the right was playing ‘Little John’.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' Undated

F122 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

Babes in the Woods – Undated

The girl acting as the fairy is in the centre and has recently been identified as Doris Annie Peck, the paternal grandma of Christine Roberts; the younger children were the two babes.

Previous Comments:

Re I030 & F122
Christine Roberts
The fairy on the far right is my paternal grandma, Doris Annie Peck.
04 December 2020.

shirley Bork
I remember doing our Christmas shopping at the Peeps Market. We bought a ‘ Dolly’s teaset’ and some lights for our tree, Never realised how young I must have been as I remember the artificial grass which covered the stall and what the lighting inside the building was like.
Can I ask if anyone remembers “Messiah” being performed at Yeadon Town Hall with choirs and the: Yeadon Prise Brass Band “. I must have been 8 or so. It was during the war. A great experience.
21 December 2020.

Re A154
S. Eddison
In the picture of the Peeps orchestra, my grandfather, Joe Bailey, is the violinist sitting on the right of the conductor. He told me how they used candlelight to see the music. On one occasion, he left his bow on the stand in the interval and when he came back, his violin would not play as some wax had dripped onto his bow and it wouldn’t grip on the strings.
17 July 2021.

Re A154
AdminJack609
S Eddison – many thanks for the information on your grandfather it is very much appreciated. I will amend the page accordingly shortly on migration to the AHS 2 website at the below link:
https://aireboroughhistoricalsociety.org.uk/ which is currently being populated and consolidated.
Kind regards, Jack Brayshaw. AHS.
17 July 2021.

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 25 November 2020.
Last updated: 02 November 2021 – Photo ID: X103.

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