A promotional card for a “Casey’s Court” performance at the Embassy Theatre on Broadway in 1928, The card features a promotional image from a show back in January 1906 at Peterborough’s Empire Theatre that featured a young Charlie Chaplin (bowler hat just right of centre).
Music Hall star Will Murray created his twice nightly crazy show ‘Casey’s Court’ in the mould of the popular ‘gang show’ that we still see in our theatres today. The cast was made up predominantly of children, with Murray dressed in drag and failing to keep them in order as his character ‘Mrs Casey’.
First launched as ‘Will Murray’s Casey’s Court’ the show went under several slight alterations to the name. At various times the promotion posters would be for ‘Casey’s Court Circus’, the ‘Will Murray Gang’ and finally ‘the Casey Circus (prop Harry Cardle)’. The show ran for a surprisingly long time, starting just after the turn of the 20th Century and finally closing some time in the early 1950s.