Not just the Proms: An unexpected history of the Royal Albert Hall

Never ones to do things by half, the Victorians also put on massive fetes, including one where they built a normal-sized church in the auditorium. The 1911 Shakespeare Memorial Ball saw the auditorium transformed with green lawns and real flowers, leading a rather star-struck newspaper reporter to write “never has the effect of a fancy dress ball, taken as a whole, been more wonderful or more complete”.

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