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Victorian Entertainments Exhibition


The British Library is staging an exhibition, entitled Victorian Entertainments  from Friday 14th October 2016 – Sunday 12th February 2017. The Library website states:

Performing pigs, magic tricks and pantomime! Roll up to celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times performed in a variety of venues from fairground tents to musical stages.

Focusing on five colourful characters, follow their stories as we bring the worlds they inhabited to life.  These Victorian A-listers include Dan Leno, the original pantomime dame and ‘funniest man on earth’, John Nevil Maskelyne, magician and manager of ‘England’s Home of Mystery’, and the great circus showman ‘Lord’ George Sanger. Also hear of those whose fame has now faded such as Annie De Montford, a mill worker turned mesmerist, and Evanion the Royal conjuror.

Step back in time with wonderfully decorative original posters, handbills, advertisements and tickets – all glorious examples of rare ephemera – alongside contemporary film and sound recordings. Explore the Victorians’ influence on the world of entertainment today. Without them we might never have experienced the joys of panto, stand-up comedy and even Britain’s Got Talent.

Every Saturday (15 October – 17 December, 15.00 – 17.00), a company of actors and performers will present archive material from the exhibition through the prism of contemporary performance.

Contemporary performance supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

More information can be found by clicking below:

Jenny Hill’s Grave Restored


The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America has  recently restored the grave of music hall star Jenny Hill in Nunhead cemetery, Linden Grove, London, SE15 3LP.

Good Old Days on BBC4 on 30th September


BBC4 will screen another Good Old Days repeat on Friday 30th September at 8pm. Appearing in this show will be Bernard Cribbins, Valerie Masterson, Bill Pertwee and Terence Alexander, Des Lane, Ray C. Davis and Tudor Davies, Nick Moll and members of the Players’ Theatre Company. The chairman will, of course, be Leonard Sachs.

The Little Bit The Boys Admire – Tour Dates


September Monthly Meeting – Change of Speaker

Due to the indisposition of Ann Emery,  there will be a change of speaker at the  BMHS Meeting on Thursday 29th September at 7.45pm. We will now welcome that evening Christine and Peter Padwick with their Light Hearted History Of the Music Hall, which promises laughter, fun and songs. Audience participation is actively encouraged.

The BMHS Monthly Meetings take place at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP. All welcome. Voluntary donations towards the cost of the meetings are greatly appreciated.

Good Old Days is back!


After a summer break for the Proms and the Olympics, The Good Old Days returns to BBC4 on Friday 16th September at 8pm. Originally broadcast in 1975, the show will feature Roy Castle, Ray Alan, opera star Joyce Blackham, Sue Longhurst, Kathy Jones,  Eva & Karlos and Members of the Players’ Theatre. Leonard Sachs is, as usual, Your Worthy Chairman.

Midday Variety at Belgrade Coventry

Andy Eastwood is staging another season of  midday variety shows at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry this autumn.

Andy 1

On Friday 16th September,at 1.30pm,  Bernie Clifton will top the bill, supported by John Styles, Lorrie Brown, Jan Hunt and Andy Eastwood

Andy 2

On Friday 14th October , at 1.30pm, The Bachelors Show with John Stokes takes to the stage supported by Jimmy Carlo, Laura Glaves and Andy.

Andy 3

On Friday 4th November, at 1pm, the We’ll Meet Again company will present The Blitz Anniversary Show. Once again Andy will be on stage along with Steve Barclay, Maggie O’Hara, Pete Lindup and Mervyn Francis.

All the shows will be accompanied by the Martyn St. James Band.

Tickets are £13 and the box office number is 024 7655 3055. The Belgrade’s address is Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1GS.



Website Updates



IMG_3006Pictures of the Society’s 17th Celebrity Lunch, which took place at the Lancaster Hall Hotel on 21st August can now be viewed on our website. Just click on EVENTS and then ‘CELEBRITY LUNCHEON’.

BMHS Birthday Show on 6th September

The BMHS’s 53rd Birthday Show will take place  on Tuesday 6th September at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP. Curtain up at 7.30pm. Admission by programme donation at door. All welcome.

The Birthday Show will star Keith ‘appy’ Hopkins as your Chairman with Simon Bashford and full supporting company.


Come and join us for a night of fun and frolics!

Happy Feet – Dancing In Variety

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