The Great Lafayette: an online exhibition

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating fire at the Empire Palace Theatre which killed the master illusionist and self-proclaimed ‘Man of Mystery’, the Great Lafayette. The Great Lafayette was a reclusive superstar who travelled across the world to perform his elaborate stage acts.

To commemorate the centenary of Lafayette’s death we’re hosting a very special book launch. We’ve also put together an online exhibition including images from the collections of the Museum of Fire taken at the scene of the blaze, Lafayette’s death certificate, a programme from the day before Lafayette’s last performance (slightly singed!) and some wonderful pictorial programme covers spanning the theatre’s history from the collections of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries.

The interior of the Empire Palace Theatre after the fire on Tuesday May 9th, 1911

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