Cider Cellars


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Cider Cellars
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 20 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden (behind the Adelphi Theatre). For a current map, Click Here.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Cider Cellars

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Barlow, W.R. Minstrel 2
    Dumbolton's Serenaders (1848-49) Minstrel 2

    Events at Cider Cellars

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Concert 27 December 1847 - 1 January 1848 London, London (city-county) Barlow, W.R.
    Variety 21 February 1848 - 26 February 1848 London, London (city-county) Dumbolton's Serenaders (1848-49)
    Variety 6 March 1848 - 11 March 1848 London, London (city-county) Dumbolton's Serenaders (1848-49)
    Variety 5 May 1851 - 10 May 1851 London, London (city-county) Barlow, W.R.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Bell's Life in London February 20, 1848: 2:1.
    • Bell’s Life in London December 26, 1847: 2:1.
    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (

      (Under Food and Drink - Night Houses and Supper Rooms - Song-and-Supper Rooms)

    • Green, Benny (ed.). Bibliography ID 8609. London: Pavilion, 1986.

      Quotes Christopher Pulling's They Were Singing:The “Cave of harmony in [Thackeray’s] The Newcomes was probably a composite picture of Evans’s and the Coal Hole, just as his Back Kitchen in Pendennis has been identified with the Cyder Cellars” (4).
    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.


    • London as it is To-day. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.

      “At the back of the [Adelphi] theatre, in Maiden Lane, is a noted place of late-hour entertainment, called the ‘Cider Cellars,’ originally opened as a concert room, underground in 1730” (215).