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“Marie Lloyd Stole My Life” – Scandal, Suffrage & Song!

Adultery, betrayal, age discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, press intrusion, scandal, robbery…and a rescue at sea. All set against the background of the Victorian Music Hall.

Merry Nelly Power was a real life, trailblazing performer of the 19th century, a male impersonator who struck an early blow for women’s rights by owning her own properties and headlining at all of the major theatres. Until her fame – and her most famous song – were usurped by the young Marie Lloyd. In the centenary year of Marie Lloyd’s death, Blue Fire Theatre Co. tells the story of how the “Queen of the Music Hall” came to fame at the expense of poor Nelly Power. “Marie Lloyd Stole My Life” tells the unglamorous side of show business in Victorian London through the subversive lens of Music Hall.

Written by JJ Leppink and starring BMHS Committee member Lottie Walker as Nelly Power. Catch the play at the following venues over the next few weeks:

September 29th – The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

October 5th & 6th – The Rosemary Branch, Islington

October 15th – The Coach House, Malvern (2 shows – matinee + evening)

October 22nd – Henstridge Village Hall, Somerset

You can book tickets for all of these venues here

Lottie Walker as Nelly Power (Bluefire Theatre Co.)

October is Marie Lloyd Month. Two BMHS events planned.

October 2022 marks 100 years since the death of the Music Hall ‘great’, Marie Lloyd. The British Music Hall Society will be commemorating Marie with 2 events:

– A service at St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead NW3 7SU at 2pm on Friday 7th October 2022. This will be exactly 100 years to the day of her death and in the church where her funeral was held. Attending will be people from show business, academia and some of her descendants. Parts of the original funeral service will be augmented (of course) with a few music hall songs.

– Christine Padwick and Alison Young will be giving a version of the talk that they delivered at the V&A in 2020 ‘Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Halls’ at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th October at the Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road WC1X 8BZ. Tickets are available here or you can just turn up & pay at the door: £8 members, £12 otherwise.

Marie Lloyd – BMHS Archive

The Old Malt Cross Music Hall, Nottingham – Zoom talk, 22 September 2022

Our friends at the Derby and Nottingham Music Hall Association are hosting a Zoom talk on Thursday 22 September 2022 at 7.30pm about the history of The Old Malt Cross Music Hall in Nottingham from 1877-1911 and 1982-2022.

If anyone would like to join the talk, then please email Trevor Lee and he will forward the Zoom link.

The Old Malt Cross, Nottingham. Credit: Trevor Lee

‘In the Limelight’ talk – Thursday 15th September 2022, The Art of Music Hall & Variety II

Come along to the Water Rats this Thursday to hear Alison Young (Secretary of the BMHS) talk about some of the art and artists who have captured the world of Music Hall and Variety. Alison first spoke to us on this subject in a ‘Limelight’ back in 2019 and in this second talk will introduce us to a new series of images and observations. The talk will invariably touch on Walter Sickert and his circle but will also look at the art of courtroom sketches, pavement artists and portrait painters.

Tickets can be purchased in advance via Ticketsource here or on the door on the evening.

The New Foxtrot Serenaders 25th Anniversary Concert – 17th September 2022

Tickets are available to book here

BMHS Birthday Show – Tuesday 6th September 2022

The BMHS 59th Birthday Show will take place on Tuesday 6th September at the Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8BZ at 7.30pm, hosted by Colin Simmons.

We look forward to welcoming Keith Hopkins, Katie Milton, Simon Bashford, Kay Carmen and Andrew Fettes as well as graduating students from LSMT. All under the watchful eye of Robert Hazle as MD.

Book via Ticketsource – here

Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead Exhibition

Twice Nightly: The Argyle Theatre Remembered is the title of an exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead running from 8th June to 3rd September 2022. Free entry. The Art Gallery and Museum is open Wednesday and Thursdays from 10.30am to 5.30pm; Fridays 10.30am to 9pm and Saturdays 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Further information can be found by clicking on the link below:

The East Sussex Summer Spectacular: A Fun-Filled Family Event on 6th August from 12 noon – 5pm.

Ace ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, Britain’s Got Talent impressionist Tony Rudd and Fiesta with their Gloria Estefan tribute head the bill of The East Sussex Summer Spectacular – a fun-filled family event on Saturday 6th August from 12 noon to 5pm at the East Sussex School of Circus Arts, at the A22 Hailsham Bypass. Tickets are £12 adults and £8 children. Box Office: 01323 325957 or go to

Max Miller Appreciation Society’s ChariTEA Party on Sunday 14th August

Our very good friends, the Max Miller Appreciation Society will be holding their annual ChariTEA Party on Sunday 14th August at the Pavilion Gardens Cafe in Brighton. All welcome and for a very good cause – the Macmillan Horizon Centre.

Other events organised by the Max Miller Appreciation Society for 2022 are listed below:

Day By The Sea 2022

Photos from this year’s Day By The Sea, staged at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday 18th June, are now on view on the BMHS website. Just click on Day By The Sea on the website’s home page or click on the link below:

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