1871 - 1961


In 1897, Branbsy Williams shared 'Top of the Bill' with Dan Leno at the London Pavilion and, in 1903, consolidated his career in the halls by signing a three year contract for eighteen weeks a year at the Empire, Leicester Square. In that same year, partly no doubt in keeping with the new monarch's more relaxed views (and certainly at the end of the official mourning for Queen Victoria) both Dan Leno and Bransby Williams became the first variety artists to appear by royal command at Sandringham.

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