Grand crowd gathered to see amazing escape act

Escapologist in Waller Street

Escapologist in Waller Street

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There’s no escaping the fact that the theatre and the street in which it was built are long gone.

A large crowd gathered in Waller Street, Luton, in 1935 to see a Houdini-style escapologist go through his routine while suspended from a rope at the top of the Grand Theatre.

The stuntman was publicising a forthcoming performance at the Grand, which opened in 1898 and was Luton’s – and indeed Bedfordshire’s – first purpose-built theatre.


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