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The Lost Hancocks at the British Library

Tony Hancock

The London premiere performance of two long-lost radio scripts from the 1950s written for comedian Tony Hancock by acclaimed writer Larry Stephens. Entitled Vacant Lot, the series focused on life in the dull faded fictional seaside town of Churdley Bay, where the blundering, slightly pompous and barely tolerated Hancock aspires to better his lot. Despite featuring a supporting cast of colourful characters (with actors like Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Carry On’s Kenneth Connor all mooted for roles), Vacant Lot lay buried in the BBC archives … until now.

Featuring a full cast including impressionist James Hurn (BBC2’s Dead Ringers) as Tony Hancock, and Janice Connolly (aka Mrs Barbara Nice; Phoenix Nights).

In association with Birmingham Comedy Festival


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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Magic Lantern Show


A One Man Magic Lantern show of the classic book THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS by Robert Tressell

‘The man of many characters’, actor Neil Gore, presents an Edwardian Magic Show with Magic Lantern and projected animation; political conjuring tricks and live music and song, as we meet the famous characters from the book and follow the events that surround the painters and decorators who are charged with the renovation of a large town house for local Mayor Sweater.

This entertaining one-man show includes scenes, speeches, audience participation and songs from the classic book, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.

Touring the UK Autumn 2018 and May – July 2019

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Elsie and Doris Waters documentary on Radio 2


BBC Radio 2 celebrates the careers of Elsie and Doris Waters in the series Double Acts on Wednesday 1st August at 9pm. The programme is introduced by Christopher Biggins.

The Canterville Ghost at Edinburgh Fringe


Tall Stories celebrates its 21st birthday at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a world premiere of a music hall style adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. This production features a compere, a comic, an illusionist and a psychic.

This production will run in rep with Wilde Creatures  from 1st – 26th August at the Pleasance Courtyard.

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Dean Caston at the Max Miller Appreciation Society’s July Meeting


Gyles Brandreth at the Edinburgh Fringe

Break a leg! Edinburgh poster

Top Of The Bill

The ever-enterprising TV channel, Talking Pictures, will be screening a ‘lost’ 1971 documentary on Monday 16th July at 20.00 for an hour. The documentary is called Top Of The Bill  about the great days of variety and features Ben Warriss, Sally Barnes, Davy Kaye, Peter Cavanagh, Ken Goodwin, Ernest Arnley, Wee Georgie Wood, Virginia Vernon, Cyril Dowler and Bob & Alf Pearson.

Website Updates

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Photos from this year’s very successful Day By The Sea at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne are now available to view on the website. The above photos show President Roy Hudd with Lady Anne Dodd; Mark Wynter and Johnnie Casson. To view more pics, just click on the link below:

Mary Ward Centre Players Summer Music Hall on July 14th


The Story of the Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne on Radio4 Extra on 26th June

Royal Hippodrome Frontage

BBC Radio4 Extra will be featuring the story of the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne, where the BMHS stages its annual Day By The Sea, in next week’s episode of The Palace Of Laughter. The programme, originally broadcast some years ago on Radio 4, will be broadcast on Tuesday 26th June at 6.30pm, and will be introduced by Geoffrey Wheeler.

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