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A few future variety shows featuring Andy Eastwood


Mike Batt stars in Jan Hunt’s Music Hall Show at Wimbledon on 19th January

Mike Batt

Tommy Steele Lunch Brochure


Adam Borzone (BMHS Chairman), Tommy Steele and Bill Kenwright at the BMHS Lunch for Tommy at the Lansdowne Club, 7th November 2019. Tommy received the BMHS Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Photo by John Mackenzie)

Following the tremendously successful Tribute Lunch to all round entertainer Tommy Steele at the Lansdowne Club on Thursday 7th November, the Society has a few brochures from the event available. Full of pictures and posters covering Tommy’s career together with tributes from other artistes, this 32 page full colour brochure can be acquired by sending a minimum donation of £10.


There are also some attractive Lunch Place Cards available for a donation of £1.

Cheques payable to ‘BMHS’ should be sent to: Colin Simmons, 226, Malpas Road, London, SE4 1DH.

BMHS Christmas Social on 5th December – Now Sold Out!

The British Music Hall Society’s Christmas Social at the Club For Acts and Actors on Thursday 5th December is now sold out.

Following the refurbishment of the CAA, the number of people we can accommodate in the concert hall has been reduced and so we are now completely sold out for this popular event.

Fund Raising For Thora Hird Statue


A crowd-funding scheme has been set up by a member of Morecambe’s Heritage Team to raise money for a statue of actress Thora Hird to be erected in Morecambe, Thora’s home town.

If you wish to contribute please click on the link below:

Naughty Nineties November Music Hall


Tommy Steele at the British Film Institute on December 1st.


Tommy Steele will be introducing Magical Moments of the Musicals at the British Film Institute Southbank London (NFT 1) on Sunday 1st December at 4pm.

Booking opens to the general public on 12th November.

For more information click on:

Pantos On View At The BFI



The British Film Institute Southbank, London  celebrates the panto season with screenings of some panto productions from the TV archives this December.

Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp,  first shown on the BBC in 1966 with Arthur Askey, Roy Castle, Charlie Cairoli, Alan Curtis and Mary Millar heading the cast will be screened on Sunday 1st Dec at 2.50pm in NFT3

Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On, first shown on ITV in 1986 with Danny La Rue, Roy Kinnear, Brian Conley and our own Roy Hudd will be screened on Friday 20th December at 6.20pm in NFT3 This will be joined by Spitting Image: The Panto, from 1993.

Jack And The Beanstalk, first shown on ITV in 1998 with Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Julie Walters and Neil Morrisey, plus The Panto Set – a documentary from 2003 – will be screened on Sunday 22nd December at 3.20pm.

The Crackerjack Pantomime: Robinson Crusoe, first shown on BBC in 1975 with Don Maclean, Peter Glaze, Ed Stewart and Jan Hunt, plus The Goodies: Snow White 2, from 1981, will be screened on Saturday 28th December at 3.30pm.

Tickets go on sale on 12th November. For more information click on the link below:]






Collen Players Christmas Music Hall in Llangollen on 29th November


The Collen Players Christmas Music Hall will take place at St Collen’s Church Hall, Llangollen on 29th November at 6.30pm. Tickets are £15 and include a festive supper. To book, call 01978 861768.

The Fun Factory Podcast – Coming Shortly


Before radio, before television, before movies, there was Music Hall. This was the People’s Entertainment in the golden decade before the Great War.

The Fun Factory is a historical comedy about the history of comedy, in which our hero Arthur Dandoe enters the world of music hall and The Fred Karno Company.

Along the way Arthur encounters intense rivalry (Charlie Chaplin), passionate romance (Tilly Beckett) and great friendship (Stan Laurel), 

“Richly enjoyable… packed with intriguing details about a vanished world of entertainment”     THE GUARDIAN

Chris England and Mark Augustyn are now turning Chris’s  trilogy of novels into a weekly serial podcast (like a free audiobook).
To hear a trailer for The Fun Factory  podcast, written and read by Chris England, and produced by Mark Augustyn, click below:

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