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The Nance starring Nathan Lane on YouTube


The Nance, by Douglas Carter Beane, is a play with music set in the world of burlesque in the 1930s. The play premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in 2013 and stars Nathan Lane as Chanucey Miles, a gay burlesque comic.

To watch the production click on the link below:

Jigsy with Les Dennis on YouTube


In 2012,at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, Les Dennis appeared in a one-man play, Jigsy, by Tony Staveacre, about a variety comedian struggling for survival in a changing world. Th play is based on the Liverpool comic Jackie Hamilton.  Les and the play received rave reviews with the Liverpool Echo calling it ‘a thoroughly compelling performance’ .

In May 2020, Les recorded it for people to view during lockdown. To watch this play click on the link below:

Roy Hudd and Christopher Green on Radio 4 on 19th June


Originally broadcast in 2018, BBC Radio 4 is repeating How Success Ruined Me – a comic conversation about the music hall star Fred Barnes –  starring Roy Hudd and Christopher Green, with John Orchard at the piano, on Friday 19th June at 2.15pm

Day By The Sea 2020

Today we should have been at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne for the British Music Hall Society’s 6th Day By The Sea. Every year we have had wonderful sunny weather so it seems only right that it should be miserable today when the event has been postponed! We have rescheduled the event to Saturday 3rd October 2020 and just hope that theatres will be open by then.

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A Repeat of Victoria Wood’s Desert Island Discs on 7th June on Radio4 Extra


A repeat of Victoria Wood’s appearance on Desert Island Discs in 2007 will be broadcast as part of Radio4 Extra’s series, Desert Island Discs Revisited on Sunday 7th June at 1pm.  Victoria will be heard talking to Kirsty Young.

A Repeat of Ken Dodd’s Desert Island Discs on 7th June on Radio4 Extra


A repeat of Ken Dodd’s appearance on Desert Island Discs in 1990 will be broadcast as part of Radio4 Extra’s series, Desert Island Discs Revisited on Sunday 7th June at 3.15pm. Ken will be heard talking to Sue Lawley.

More Call Boy articles on the website

Want some more reading material during lockdown?

Well, you need look no further as we have added some more past articles from The Call Boy. To read about comediennes Jill Summers and Jessie Jewel; the one and only Norman Wisdom; ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; director of many a Palladium revue Robert Nesbitt;  top comedy scriptwriter (Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi, etc) David Croft ; The Comedians producer Johnnie Hamp, or The Top 10 Music Hall Songs according to members of the BMHS, just click on the link below:

British Music Hall Society’s Radio Shows To Be Added To Website


4  x 30 minute radio shows produced last year by the British Music Hall Society and broadcast on Angel Radio will be able to be heard on the website at the end of May.



Music Hall And Variety Day 16th May

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On what would have been Roy Hudd’s 84th Birthday, we are launching Music Hall and Variety Day.

A day to celebrate Music Hall and Variety.


In honour of our former President Roy Hudd OBE we will be launching an annual day to celebrate Music Hall and Variety on Saturday 16 May 2020.  Roy was our President of the Society for 28 years until his death last month, and the day marks his birthday.


Chairman Adam Borzone said: “This year, more than ever, it is important to pay tribute to those we have lost. Roy Hudd brought joy to many during his lifetime. He was one of Music Hall’s most passionate and talented champions. It is fitting that the community he did so much for comes together and celebrates by sharing memories of this era.”


“We wish to make this an annual event and hope in the future Music Hall and Variety Day will be marked with further events including talks, shows and exhibitions.  This initiative presents an opportunity for performers, theatre historians, theatre collections and collectors to unite and engage with us in providing some entertainment and joy.”

Music Hall and Variety theatre fans are being invited to celebrate the day by sharing personal artifacts, collections and memories of the genre using the hashtag #musichallvarietyday

This our inaugural year, it would be incredible if we could get #MusicHallVarietyDay trending so please on Saturday 16th  May share your favourite poster, photograph or programme.


This could be done in two ways


  • Twitter @musichallsoc
  • Facebook – British Music Hall Society. Home of Music Hall &



Don’t forget to put #MusicHallVarietyDay in your post and on the day don’t forget to follow #musichallvarietyday to see what everyone is sharing to celebrate this day.



Lost Empires on BBC Radio4 Extra


BBC Radio4 Extra will be repeating the dramatization of J.B. Priestley’s  wonderful book about music hall, Lost Empires (first broadcast in 1994), in 3 one-hour episodes on Monday 18th May, Tuesday 19th May and Wednesday 20th May at 10am,  3pm and, for night birds, 3am.

The play tells the story of Richard Herncastle who decides to join his Uncle Nick’s magic act on ‘the halls’ in 1913 just before WW1, and stars Tom Baker, Bryan Pringle, Richard Hollick, Brigit Forsyth and Deborah McAndrew.

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