Music hall was the great popular entertainment of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, from grand city centre halls to small town venues. Performers such as Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley and Harry Lauder were highly paid international superstars.
Very few recordings exist of these artists performing, and those there are were mostly made when they were past their best. In any case, as John Major points out, their true talent was for performing on stage in front of an audience.
We have to rely on (not always favourable) contemporary accounts, re-enactors and our imaginations to recreate the sights and sounds of Victorian music hall.
Sadly, some of the music hall stars were unable to cope with fame and the sometimes punishing schedules of performances. Some fell back into poverty, their health ruined. Others were forgotten as wireless and cinema superseded music hall as the most popular forms of entertainment.