Lyceum Theatre token
SINGING DANCING TUMBLING SLACK WIRES/ EVERY EVENING
THE FIRST EQUEST.N PERFORMANCE IN EUROPE/ LYCEUM STRAND/ LONDON
Purchased from Fitzsimons book dealer.
This token was issued by Philip Astley in 1794 when he moved to the Lyceum while his Amphitheatre was being rebuilt, after its destruction by fire. A rider in the character of Mercury, can be seen, standing on his left foot on the back of a prancing horse, holding a herald's wand above his head with his left hand. Reverse is an acrobat balancing on his head on the point of a sword, which is itself balanced on the centre of a small table.