"the manager of the Music Hall"

Wilton's Music Hall
Creative Commons AttributionWilton's Music Hall - Credit: K. Thompson

The Music Hall was a very popular form of entertainment for the working and lower middle classes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its shows were made up of performances - or “turns” - from singers and dancers of the day, many of which were quite risqué.  In London, Wilton’s Music Hall still stands as an example of the art form’s glory days. 

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Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet, set almost exactly the same year as The Secret Agent, revolves around a Music Hall performer.