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Lissenden Players October Music Hall

The Lissenden Players Music Hall will be staging an evening of music hall
on Wednesday October 16th at The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution,
11 South Grove,Pond Square. Highgate, London N6 6BS
Doors open 7.30 for 8 pm.    Admission £8 at the door.
Performing that evening will be:
Sheila Miller,  Peta Webb, Barbara Kealy, Martin Nail, and introducing
Syd Maddicot.
In the Chair will be Pamela Mundy and Derek Marcus at the piano.

Radio 4 Archive Hour on Saturday 5th October



Renee Zellweger as Judy in the film of the same name

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Rosalyn Wilder with Jessie Buckley who plays Rosalyn in the new film Judy

Judy Garland: The Final Rainbow is the title of Archive On 4’s programme tomorrow evening on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm. which will feature BMHS member Rosalyn Wilder who wrote two excellent articles on Robert Nesbitt and the Talk Of The Town for the Society’s magazine The Call Boy

Renée Zellweger introduces a programme exploring Judy Garland’s last concerts at London’s the Talk of The Town in 1969 – the subject of a new feature film.

Weaving together newly restored archive recordings and eye-witness accounts, we separate the woman from the myth, examine her exceptional talent, exploitation and troubled relationship with Hollywood.

Judy Garland was one of the 20th century’s greatest entertainers. A living legend. But in late December 1968, embattled and in poor health, she arrived in London for a five week run at the Talk of The Town in Leicester Square, for £2,500 a week. London was her place of sanctuary, she had performed spectacular comeback concerts in the city in 1951, 1957, 1960 and 1964.

When Renée Zellweger was preparing to play Judy in a new biopic, directed by Rupert Goold, little-heard archive concert recordings and first hand accounts were key to understanding the singer’s state of mind during those final performances. Judy Garland died of an accidental overdose in her Chelsea home six months later, aged 47.

Rosalyn Wilder was the young production assistant tasked with getting Judy on stage each night at the Talk of The Town. Looking back now, Rosalyn describes the stress of that responsibility, but she is also deeply sympathetic – it was clear Judy’s personal life had spiralled out of control. Michael Hirst, the venue’s general manager, also remembers Garland’s 5 week engagement for its unpredictability.

For jazz pianist Dave Lee, now 93, his experiences working with Judy couldn’t be more different. Starting in 1960, he worked with her over a six year period. The Judy Garland he encountered was bouncy, happy and fun – but with an incredible talent for picking the wrong men.

We also hear from Judy director Rupert Goold, New York composer Johnny Meyer who gave Garland shelter in the summer of 1968, film critic David Benedict, and audio engineer John Haley who has restored many rare Judy Garland recordings.

Miss Hook Of Holland – at Westminster Reference Library on 23rd October


The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society is presenting Miss Hook Of Holland at Westminster Reference Library on Wednesday 23rd October at 2.00pm

Miss Hook of Holland is an English musical comedy (styled a “Dutch Musical Incident”) in two acts, with music and lyrics by Paul Rubens with a book by Austen Hurgon and Rubens. The show was produced by Frank Curzon and opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 31 January 1907, running for a very successful 462 performances. It starred Harry Grattan and Isabel Jay.
The Society will present, free of charge, a revival at Westminster Reference Library, 35, St. Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 2.00 pm.
The revival of this once popular work will be given in concert version form, featuring a full score and a full two act script. 
Five specialist singers will carry out the singing and the play’s dialogue will be read by pre-assigned readers.
Coffee and tea will be available at no cost.
Book your free  place via Eventbrite:

BMHS Members’ Music Hall Show – Cancelled

The BMHS Members’ Music Hall show, originally scheduled for Tuesday 5th November at the Club For Acts And Actors, has been cancelled. Sadly, the  CAA will be closed in November due to ongoing work at the club and no other suitable venue was available.

The British Music Hall Society wish to express their thanks to Peter Charlton for all the work he had put into organising this event.

Naughty Nineties Music Hall show on 19th October


Max Miller Appreciation Society’s 21st Anniversary – Weekend Celebrations in November


This November sees a special 125/21 years Anniversary weekend for the MAX MILLER APPRECIATION SOCIETY in Brighton – That’s 125 years since Max was born, and it’s the 21st MMAS Annual Dinner and Cabaret.

Members and non-members welcome.  Visit one or both days – Please check out the youtube video at

Frank Matcham Society Event at the V&A on Friday 25th October

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Marie Lloyd Stole My Life at Old Red Lion on Sunday 29th September at 8pm

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A play about music hall star Nelly Power will be staged at the Old Red Lion in Islington on Sunday 29th September 2019 at 8pm:

Meet Nelly Power, local Islington lass and huge star of the Victorian Music Hall.  Principal Boy, Male Impersonator, Burlesque Act, she did it all and did it all well.

She was adored by an army of fans, owned 2 houses and had a jewellery collection worth some £175,000 in today’s money.

In 1882 she departed from her usual style to sing “The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery”, a romantic ballad written by her agent, George Ware that was a huge hit.

In 1885 up and coming teenager Miss Marie Lloyd took the song and made it her own, propelling herself to international superstardom.  Her agent was also George Ware.

In early 1887 Nelly died in relative poverty. There were 4,000 people at her funeral but there was not enough money left to pay for it.

In 1922 between 40-50,000 people lined the streets for the funeral of Marie Lloyd

Whilst the suffragists are outside the theatre, in an era where women had little power and independence, Nelly tells the tale of the Victorian Melodrama that was her life with humour, song and a little touch of bitterness!

Fresh from success and 4 Star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Blue Fire Theatre Co. are thrilled to be bringing Nelly home to Islington and especially pleased to be at the Old Red Lion the sort of venue Nelly would recognise all too well.

For more information and booking details:


Marilyn Hill Smith and Adam Daye guest in Bury St Edmunds Concert on 22nd September


Michael Wooldridge Organ Concert at Windsor on 22nd September


Michael Wooldridge has played in the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia and has played regularly at Old Windsor since 1979. He has also produced variety show tours and summer seasons. The organ is the Compton ex ABC/Regal, Old Kent Road, London, installed in Old Windsor in 1969.

By public transport, the number 8 bus from Slough Bus Station (next to the rail station) at 1.27pm stops outside the venue. Buses return at 3 minutes past the hour. There is a Toby carvery opposite the venue.

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