Theatre Royal (Peeps) 1876 -1915 (5)

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912
Title Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’
Date 1912
Location Yeadon
Photo ID X108
Comment These girls were the pantomime fairies.
Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

K06 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

This man was acting as the Grand Vizier.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

K07 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Hartley Harrison’s Widow Twankey. 

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

K08 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Posing with fans are a group of girls who were in the cast of Aladdin.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

K09 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Three Sunbeams, the girl on the left is Evelyn Bailey, Dolly Waterhouse is on the right.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

F104 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Two girls who performed as a specialty act in the pantomime which took place at the Theatre Royal (Peeps).

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

J047 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Seen here in costume are Hilda Dennison and Margaret Bailey.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

K01 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Girls who performed in the pantomime chorus.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1912

k02 – ‘Peeps’, 1912.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Aladdin 1912

Six girls in costume who were taking part in the pantomime.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

B260 – ‘Peeps’, 1913.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Sinbad 1913

Yeadon Amateur Dramatic Society production of Sinbad, performed at the Theatre Royal (Peeps).

The two characters portrayed were ‘Salt and Brine’ played by Dick Lupton and Tilly Windus.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

H24 – ‘Peeps’, 1913.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Sinbad 1913

Back row left to right:

Kathleen Lupton, Emily Bailey, Ethel Parker, Ivy Bailey, Alice Jackson.

Front row left to right:

Dolly Waterhouse, Evelyn Bailey, Lena Dennison, Ethel Ives, Ida Webster and Rosie Myers.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

I032 – ‘Peeps’, 1913.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Sinbad 1913

A girl who was playing the part of a fairy in a production of Sinbad.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

K10 – ‘Peeps’, 1913.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Sinbad 1913

This scene from the pantomime was called ‘A Beautiful Doll’.

The girl on the left is Evelyn Bailey, the ‘Doll’ in the box is Dolly Waterhouse.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

X110 – ‘Peeps’, 1913.

Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Sinbad 1913

A group of girls, the one’s on the back row are in sailor costumes.

Theatre Royal 'Peeps' 1913

D259 – ‘Peeps’, 1876 – 1915.

The end of an era for the Theatre Royal ‘Peeps’ – Undated

A newspaper cutting about the demolition of the Theatre Royal (Peeps).

The wooden building survived as a theatre until 1915, when the Council refused a license for public performance as the balcony was declared unsafe. The theatre was subsequently used as a Drill Hall for volunteers during the 1914-18 war.

The ‘Peeps’ was auctioned and was bought by a Mr Wade of Apperley Lane, Rawdon, and then resold to Mr George Tomas ‘Tinner’ Harrison of Yeadon. ‘Tinner’ had come to Yeadon from Horsforth in the early 1900s, he manufactured all types of tin ware including pans and dark room lamps for photographers.

He changed the ‘Peeps’ into a covered market with stalls, selling vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, cloth, clothing and sweets. His son Clifford ran an ironmongery stall.
‘Tinner’ used the dressing rooms as his offices and works.

One of the stallholders was Norman Warren, who sold fruit and vegetables, he bought the ‘Peeps’ from the Harrison’s around 1940, and it was later destroyed by a fire and was ultimately demolished in 1957.

‘Tinner’ and his family lived in what was known as the Bacon Factory on Yeadon High Street, it is thought when he acquired the property it was a bacon processor’s and a house. Later they moved to the Haw. There were 8 children, Edward, Harold (played cricket for Yorkshire as a bowler), Arthur, Clifford (he followed his father into the tinning business), George, Frances, Kate and Hilda.
The home on the Haw Street came with land and fields, ‘Tinner’ was also a local Methodist lay preacher, he is buried in Yeadon Cemetery.

Clifford Harrison carried on his father’s business after the ‘Peeps’ market was sold, he had a shop on Albert Square and manufactured goods by hand at a workshop what was the Commercial Hotel (now the Tarn) at the top of Henshaw lane.

When professional shows were being performed in the Theatre Royal (Peeps), the original YADS seemed to disappear but in 1930, the group was reformed and still perform excellent shows in Yeadon Town Hall and now called the Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (YAODS).

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 25 November 2020.
Last updated: 05 August 2021.

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