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.┬áMany 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.
Argyle Theatre Birkenhead
The Argyle Theatre in Argyle Street opened in 1868 and for a time was known as the Prince of Wales Theatre. It was badly damaged by a bomb in September 1940 and was demolished in 1972.
Supporting acts on the playbill with Tommy Burns were:
      • Miss Rose Dornton – Song and Dance Artiste, Clog, Pump and Tap-Boot dancer
      • Mr Will Hoare – Novelty Dancer
      • Sisters Wright, Ada and Annie – Characteristic Duettists, Dancers, Burlesque and American Song and Dance Artists
      • Mr Will Hebden – Star Comedian, Swiss warbler and Mimic
      • Miss Lily May – Pet Mimic and Serio Comic
      • Mr Tom Vernon – Vocal Comedian Dancer, Instrumentalist and Novel Song and dance Artiste
      • Pete Bradie – Negro Comedian and Premier Stamp Orator
      • Miss Kitty Clare – Patriotic Queen
      • Wentworth Combination – dramatic and Variety artistes