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Dronfield’s Night At The Music Hall

Vulcan Varieties will be presenting A Night At The Music Hall on Friday 4th November at 7.30pm at Dronfield Hall Barn, High Street, Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 1PY. For further information, see poster below:


Max Miller Weekend Convention, 18th and 19th November 2016

What are you doing on the 18th and 19th November? Why don’t you celebrate fun and laughter with the Max Miller Society who will be holding their Annual Dinner and Cabaret at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton on Saturday 19th November, preceded on the Friday evening by one of Gerry Oxley’s famous film evenings. Gerry always gathers an amazing collection of clips and on Friday 18th he will be celebrating Ladies Night featuring such famous names as Sophie Tucker, Ethel Merman, Joan Turner, etc.

On the Saturday evening you can enjoy a three course dinner and superb cabaret from Mickie Driver, Julia Sutton and David Carter. A booking form can be downloaded on the News page of the Max Miller Appreciation Society website:

More information can be found on this short video, created by MMAS and BMHS member Brian Dazley:



Talk on Dickie Valentine on 13th Oct


The October monthly meeting of the British Music Hall Society will take place this Thursday, 13th October, at the Club for Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP, commencing at 7.45pm. It will feature a presentation by Brian O’Gorman on the life and career of popular British singer and heartthrob from the 1950s and ’60s, Dickie Valentine. Dickie was in the Hit Parade with such songs as Venus,  Finger Of Suspicion and Christmas Alphabet.  All welcome. There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of meetings are greatly appreciated.

“Good Old Days” on BBC4 on 21st October


The run of repeats of BBC’s ever popular music hall show, The Good Old Days  continues on BBC4 on Friday 21st October  at 8pm with a bill topped by Danny La Rue. Also appearing will be Francis Van Dyke, Dorothy Ross, Dawson Chance, Bablu Mallick and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company.

Alma Cogan Fan Club Event at Morecambe


To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of singing star Alma Cogan, the Alma Cogan International Fan Club will be holding a get-together at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Morecambe on Saturday 22nd October from 12 noon to 3pm. Video footage of Alma will be shown and there will be a chance to see one of Alma’s original stage dresses. There will also be some ‘Alma’ merchandise for sale.

The Call Boy Autumn Edition Now Out


The Autumn 2016 issue of the British Music Hall Society’s magazine The Call Boy  has now been published. The 36 page mag has articles on Alma Cogan, Edmund Hockridge, Dad’s Army, Caroline Aherne, Harold Cordell, Michael Leader, The Wall of Death, Sid Colin and the New Chepstow Theatre, as well as all the usual features and news items.

To obtain your copy you need to be  a member of the BMHS. You can join online. Further information can be found on the website:

“Good Old Days” on BBC4 on Friday 14th October


BBC4 continues its run of repeats of the ever-popular The Good Old Days on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Appearing in the show will be Moira Anderson, Tessie O’Shea, Joe Melia & Harry Towb, Ken Goodwin, Stuart Gillies and members of the Players’ Theatre Company. choreographed as usual by the Chairman of the British Music Hall Society, Doreen Hermitage. Leonard Sachs is your Worthy (and Wordy!) Chairman.

Good Old Days with the Mary Ward Centre Players


Behind The Myth Of Music Hall

victorian-entertainments-exhib-imgThe British Library has an upcoming course entitled: Behind The Myth Of Music Hall.

What if everything you thought about Music Hall was wrong?

Course dates: Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November and 7 December

Times: 18.00 – 20.00

The smell of grease paint, the dim glow of a gas-lit auditorium and the loud call of a cockney comedian – these are the things that spring to mind when we think of Music Hall. It’s a quintessentially British institution, spawning generations of stand-up comedians and much of the vibrant popular culture we still experience today.

Inspired by our autumn exhibition Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun, Fern Riddell will challenge the preconceptions of Victorian Music Hall as a gentle, old-fashioned entertainment and  bring to life the darker, far more radical side of our earliest form of mass entertainment.  You’ll learn how Music Hall transcended its working class roots, became the birthplace of British cinema, how it showcased exciting new technologies and provided a home for militant women’s rights campaigners – with an audience stalked by serial killers and suffragettes.

Throughout the course you’ll encounter original footage and recordings, culminating in a private view of rare Victorian ephemera drawn from the British Library’s outstanding collections.

This course is led by Fern Riddell, with contributions from Helen Peden (Curator of Printed Heritage Collections 1601-1900 at the British Library, and curator of our Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun exhibition).


Name: Behind the Myth of Music Hall
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show map      How to get to the Library
When: Wed 2 Nov 2016, 18:00 – 20:00
Price: Full Price: £295.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Friend of the BL: £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

Further information:

Good Old Days on BBC4 on 7th October



The run of repeats of the ever-popular Good Old Days continues on BBC4 on Friday 7th October with a bill that includes Arthur Askey, Georgia Brown, Arthur Worsley, Eira Heath, Sheila Steafel, Ray C. Davis and Tudor Davies and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, is, as ever, Your Worthy and Wordy Chairman.

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