On Saturday 2nd April, BBC Radio4 Extra will present a celebration of the career of Dora Bryan:
There will be a double treat for Good Old Days fans on Good Friday as BBC4 is repeating 2 editions of the popular music hall show. The first at 7.30pm stars Ken Dodd and the second at 8.15pm will feature Frankie Vaughan and Mike and Bernie Winters.
Kenny Cantor will be producing, directing and staging a charity gala on behalf of the Rotary Club of Lowestoft on Sunday 24th April at 7.30pm at the Gorleston Pavilion. Entitled Variety At Its Best – Big Night Out Charity Bonanza, the show stars Kenny, Shani Cantor, Pat Nearney, Mark Hudson, and many others.
Box office: 01493 662832 or online at http://www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk
Direct from Las Vegas and Hollywood,international legendary ventriloquist Ronn Lucas will be appearing at two venues in Britain in March. On March 22nd he will be appearing at the Anvil, Basingstoke and the following evening (23rd March) he will be at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne.
Joining him in the show will be Britain’s talented vent Steve Hewlett, who is also producing and directing the show. Steve shot to fame on the television show, Britain’s Got Talent.
For further information and to book tickets online, go to:
As you no doubt know, the BBC has repeated several editions of the popular music hall show, The Good Old Days in recent months on BBC4. The Society (thanks to Adam Borzone, our Vice Chairman) set up an online petition to ask the BBC to repeat all the Good Old Days TV shows that they have in their archive. We managed to get hundreds of signatures and Adam then sent the petition to Cassian Harrison, Editor of BBC4, who sent the following positive reply:
Dear British Music Hall Society,
Thank you for getting in contact with us about The Good Old Days. We’re delighted with the happiness these repeats have brought to you and, indeed, to many viewers who have contacted us via the BBC log; it really is a much loved programme.
When we started the repeats it was important that viewers who may have been unfamiliar with the programme were made aware of the big names, the quality and the variety of the talent who appeared in the show and this was reflected in the episodes that were selected. Now that people are aware of the programme we will start taking a more chronological approach to the repeats. I cannot guarantee that all episodes that you remember will be broadcast (we investigate rights and materials available as we go along), or that the programme will be on every week but we will endeavour to strike the right balance between committed fans of the programme such as yourself and the wider BBC Four audience who have just discovered the programme.
Channel Editor, BBC4
The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society’s next event in the ongoing series of audience participation play readings of ‘Forgotten West End Musicals’ is
The Cingalee (Daly’s Theatre, 1904)
At The Westminster Reference Library 35 St. Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 2.00 pm for a 2.30 pm. start
This is a free event.
To book a place, please telephone 020 7641 5250 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cingalee, or Sunny Ceylon is a musical play in two acts by James T. Tanner, with music by Lionel Monckton, lyrics by Adrian Ross and Percy Greenbank, and additional material by Paul Rubens. It opened at Daly’s Theatre in London, managed by George Edwardes, on March 5, 1904 and ran until March 11, 1905 for a total of 365 (another source giving 391) performances. The musical had a short Broadway run, opening at the Original Daly’s Theatre in New York on October 24, 1904 and running for 33 performances.
The Cingalee is set in Ceylon and concerns colonial tea planters (one of the most popular songs in the score is called simply “Tea, tea, tea”!) in an era before this island paradise became the more troubled Sri Lanka. It was given a showy production and was a success in London. The fashion there for shows set in Asian locales had been started by The Mikado and continued by The Geisha, San Toy, The Nautch Girl, A Chinese Honeymoon and others. There is little in the music to give The Cingalee an Eastern flavour. However, Monckton’s catchy sextet, “The Island of Gay Ceylon” and “Pearl of Sweet Ceylon” and Ruben’s “White and Brown Girl”, “Sloe Eyes”, “Monkeys” and “You and I” are highlights of the musical score.
Proteus Theatre Company is touring Becoming Hattie – a witty and nostalgic tale of one woman’s quest to become her heroine, Hattie Jacques. A full list of the tour dates, which include Aldershot (20th April); Hemel Hempstead (22nd April), Guildford (12th May); Leicester Square Theatre (24th – 28th May) and York (1st – 2nd July), can be found on the website: www.proteustheatre.com
The Players’ Music Hall Company will be performing their latest music hall production, Under The Arches at the Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 17th April at 4pm and 7.30pm The company promises ‘ a unique blend of audience participation, authentic characters and broad comedy. Above all the singing of wonderful songs that are an essential part of our heritage now as 100 years ago.’
If you would like to book Sunday lunch before the show there are reservations still available for the 1pm restaurant sitting. For restaurant and group bookings please call 020 7930 5868.
Tickets: £25. Box Office: 08444 930 650