Tommy Burns was billed as ‘Champion High Diver’ and ‘The Marvel of the Year 1889’ when he starred at the Argyle Theatre of Varieties in Birkenhead for a week from 11th November 1889. The Argyle was renowned for fostering new talent and became one of the best known theatres in the country. Many acts enjoyed early success here and went on to become famous – names including Charlie Chaplin, Harry Lauder, Dan Leno, George Formby (senior and junior), Barbara Stanwyck, Flanagan and Allen and Pat Kirkwood.