Court of St. James’s Hall

St. James’s Hall was a London music hall known then for its minstrel shows. (The Piccadilly Hotel now occupies the site.) Music halls of the time combined a restaurant/bar with a stage for entertainment (136). Goodman (140) says the hall was an extremely large edifice. It contained not only the bar/restaurant/stage but also a much larger concert auditorium in which were presented the “Monday Pops” of Patience and Mikado fame. He adds, further, that the minstrel shows featured antics and lines that were considered less than respectable. That adds light to Gilbert’s irony in substituting the music hall for the palace.

Act II