Music sheet cover
'The Palace Lancers'
Designed by H. G. Banks, printed by Charles Sheard and Company
Palace Theatre, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Palace Lancers music cover celebrates the opening of the Palace Theatre of Varieties in London's Cambridge Circus. The theatre originally opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House, built by D'Oyly Carte to house Sullivan's serious operas. This was to placate him for writing the more lucrative operettas with Gilbert. When the opera house failed to attract business, successful producer Sir Augustus Harris took it over and opened it in November 1892 as a variety theatre. At the end of the 20th century, as the Palace Theatre, it became the home of the long-running musical Les Miserables. The image on the cover depicts the front of the theatre and Harris, who had received his knighthood in 1891. The cover design, featuring roundels, is a style that is typical of the illustrator H.G.Banks.