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Brighton Hippodrome Fundraiser on 29th November


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BMHS member Gerry Oxley, who is also a leading member of the Max Miller Appreciation Society, is presenting an afternoon of film clips to raise funds for the Our Brighton Hippodrome campaign. On Sunday 29th November at 3pm, at the Komedia, 44-47, Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN  Gerry will present They Played The Brighton Hippodrome – Second House featuring Dora Bryan, Billy Cotton and His Band, Roy Orbison, The Crazy Gang and many others. Tickets are £10 (Concessions: £8). Box office: 0845 293 8480 or email:


Brummegem Pals


Comic Don Maclean has joined forces with Malcolm Stent to write the play Brummegem Pals, which tells the moving story of two ordinary boys who decide in 1914 to abandon their apprenticeships and join the army and find adventure. The play follows their lives and loves and their families caught up in the horrors of the war to end all wars. With five new songs written by Malcolm and one by Don, alongside ‘trench’ songs sung by the soldiers, this is a production not to be missed.

The production starts its tour on 7th November at Redditch Palace Theatre and then moves on to Solihull, Market Drayton, Stratford Upon Avon, Dudley, Pershore, Lichfield, Coventry before finishing at Hinckley on 21st November.

Concert Of Remembrance At St. John’s Smith Square


This concert of remembrance at St John’s Smith Square on Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm features Ravel’s Piano Concerto For Left Hand played by Nicholas McCarthy and will be the first time a one-handed pianist has performed this since 1951.The piece was first commissioned by a pianist who had lost his arm in battle. A song section will feature songs performed by wartime variety entertainers and, in particular, Helen Clare. Helen, now 99 will be attending the concert.

Sunny Ormonde At the Oasthouse, Rainham, Kent

Sunny Ormonde

Sunny Ormonde, who plays Linda Bellamy in Radio 4’s The Archers, will be appearing at the Oasthouse Theatre, Stratford Lane, off High Street, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8AG on Friday 5th February 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are £12 and box office number is 0844 879 3224.

A Christmas Celebration At The Actors’ Church


Lady Ratling Avril Gaynor has organised A Christmas Celebration in aid of the Lady Ratlings’ charity, The Cup Of Kindness. It takes place at the Actors’ Church – St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED on Friday 27th November at 6.30pm. Tickets are £15 which include a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

London Palladium’s Linford Hudson In Conversation With Neil Sean


Linford Hudson, one of the Palladium’s longest serving employees, will be in conversation with Neil Sean at the famous theatre on Tuesday 1st December at 2.30pm. Tickets: £9.00. Tickets can be ordered online at:

An Audience With Bella Emberg

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The next meeting of the BMHS Study Group will be An Audience With Bella Emberg. Our Vice Chairman Adam Borzone will  be chatting to Bella  on Thursday 10th October at the Club for Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP at 7.45pm. We request a  donation of £5 at the door to help our costs. Doors open at 7pm. All welcome.

Art, Music Hall and Circus in the Belle Epoque

On Saturday 24th October from 11am to 4pm at the National Gallery in London, there will be a study day of art, music hall and circus in the Belle Epoque.

The spectacle of light, colour, movement, and sound in music hall and circus performance was a source of inspiration to British and French artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

From trick-riding to trapeze,  the day will look at the sheer variety and ingenuity of circus and music hall acts and how they inspired the Impressionists and others, to innovate.

Join distinguished National Gallery experts, art historians, and curators for a study day featuring talks on Edgar Degas’s celebrated painting of Miss La La and Walter Sickert’s  extraordinary music hall paintings, among others.

Comic song was at the heart of music hall; for a rousing finale, there are limited places for participants to enjoy a special visit to Wilton’s Music Hall from 6pm for a historic talk and a traditional Cockney-Sing-A-long, to recreate the atmosphere at this earliest surviving East End music hall.

Participation is highly recommended. Refreshments provided (lunch not included).

Tickets available from National Gallery:

Study day only: £35/£32 concessions/£30 Members

Study day with visit to Wilton’s Music Hall: £45/£42 concessions /£40 Members

Music Hall Shows At The Mary Ward Centre

The Mary Ward Centre Players will be staging 3 music hall shows this autumn at the Centre, which can be found at 42, Queen Square, Holborn, London, WC1N 3AQ.(Nearest tubes: Russell Square and Holborn)

The shows are on:

Saturday 17th October at 3pm

Thursday 5th November at 3pm

Saturday 12th December at 3pm

All the shows feature fully costumed artistes. There is a door donation of just £3.

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