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New Book On Bristol Hippodrome


Gerry Parker and John Hudson have written a history of the Bristol Hippodrome to celebrate the theatre’s centenary.

Published by the Redcliffe Press, it is priced at £12.50. The ISBN is 978 19083 26249.


BMHS 50th Anniversary Festival – named 6th Best cabaret event of 2013!

A website called Not Television has named the British Music Hall Society’s 50th Anniversary Festival as the 6th best Cabaret event in 2013….we just missed out on 5th place by Gay Bingo!!
This is what they said:
Shining a spotlight on another branch of contemporary cabaret’s family tree, the British Music Hall Society’s fiftieth anniversary bash at Wilton’s later in the year was another affair to luxuriate in. From extensive programme and costume collections to revelatory panel discussions from voices as diverse as Ken Dodd and John Major (who confirmed “it’s not as big a step as you’d think” from the circus to the Commons), the love for this vintage form was palpable, even if there was a danger of appreciation settling into aspic and anecdotage – the very kind of backward thinking numerous contributors to the Weimar weekend warned against. Still, Mat Ricardo ably represented the current scene, and you couldn’t but grin at Brick Lane Music Hall doing the Lambeth Walk with full spoons and pearly schmutter.
Not Television’s website is:

Finsbury Park Empire – Vote For Plaque

The site of the Finsbury Park Empire music hall (1910-60) has been nominated in a shortlist to receive an Islington People’s (Heritage) Plaque – an annual scheme organised by Islington Heritage Service (London Borough of Islington). The Empire site is now covered by a block of flats, Vaudeville Court, and this is where a plaque would be erected and unveiled, if successful.
Voting has just opened to all and BMHS members can cast their vote online via
Voting closes on Thursday 31 July 2014.
The site of the borough’s other famous music hall, Collins’ on Islington Green, was honoured with a commemorative plaque several years ago.


An Audience With Wyn Calvin, MBE

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Wyn Calvin with Sir John Major at the BMHS 50th Anniversary Festival at Wilton’s Music Hall, September 2013

The BMHS Study Group has a special evening on Thursday 12th June when Dean Caston chairs An Audience With Wyn Calvin. Wyn who is our much loved Vice President, promises an evening of laughter and nostalgia, as he looks back over his long and distinguished career in show business.

The Study Group meetings are open to all and are held at the Club For Acts And Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP. There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of the meetings are greatly appreciated.



Music Hall Book Reissued



Richard Anthony Baker’s excellent book British Music Hall: An Illustrated History has just been republished by Pen & Sword. Priced at £14.99, the publishers have an introductory offer of £11.99. To take advantage of this offer please go to their website:

Museum Of Comedy Opens In London


A brand new museum devoted to comedy has opened in London. The Museum of Comedy can be found at The Undercroft, St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR and houses one of the most comprehensive collections of comedy memorabilia ever to be amassed in one place.

The British Music Hall Society was delighted to be involved in the opening exhibition by loaning the Museum Max Miller’s costume together with showcards, sheet music and photos featuring the Cheeky Chappie.
Sit on a pew from Father Ted, find your favourite in Steve Ullathorne’s exhibition of Comedians, reminisce with the phone from Fawlty Towers and original Tommy Cooper props!
Something for the kids with classic comedy board games, and they can even colour in the bear from Steptoe and Son while you listen to your choice from every comedy single ever recorded.Why not take in a show, with all events in the opening season of Edinburgh Previews in the Museum’s custom built performance space The Cooper Room just £10!

OPENING HOURS: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 10am – 5pm | SATURDAY 11am – 5PM | SUNDAY 12pm – 5pm

More information can be found at the Museum’s website:
Tommy Cooper's plant stand. Credit Steve Ullathorne. smaller

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