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Players’ Music Hall Show On Sunday 3rd July

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Don’t forget to book tickets for the Players’ Music Hall on 3rd July at 4pm and 7.30pm at The Charing Cross Theatre.

They have a fantastic cast including ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ ventriloquist Mr Steve Hewlett and the multi-instrumentalist Mr Andy Eastwood joining the cast with Mr Peter John, Miss Michelle Grant, Miss Helen Watson, Mr Adam Borzone, Mr Anthony Wren, Miss Georgina Todd, Miss Tiffany Todd, Mr Philip Day, Mr Ross Tomlinson with your Chairman Mr Kevin Gauntlett and Maestro Mr Andrew Faulkner.

Please call 08444 930 650 for tickets of visit ‘Under the Arches’ to book.


A Look At Wilton’s Archive



A chance to look at Wilton’s Music Hall Archive is available on Wednesday 13th July from 7pm – 8pm and it’s free!

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration the Wilton’s archive has been secured. 186 boxes have been rehoused, the contents listed; now researching and digitising the collection, we are uncovering the stories of our past. From a sketch of the hall in 1871 to our latest performance recordings, the archive is a fascinating window on the history of our building, the people who lived and worked here, and the audiences that have filled our hall.

See the records of fifty years of campaigning to save Wilton’s, read Spike Milligan’s letter to HRH Prince Charles and Liza Minnelli’s annotated speech from the Café Royale. Track through our extensive photography collection as Wilton’s descends into dereliction then architectural plans designed, thrown out, redesigned creating the RIBA awarded winning venue we have today. Go behind the scenes on our productions and get hands-on with our archaeology collection: original stage footlights and pipes from our Victorian patrons.

The event will finish with a Q&A.

It is recommended that you reserve your place for this special ‘Behind the Scenes’ peek. More information can be found at:

BMHS Website – June Updates

New additions to the British Music Hall Society’s website this month include:

An index of obituaries from The Call Boy from 1963-2016 and

An index of artistes who have featured in articles in The Call Boy from 1963 – 2016.

These can be found on the CALL BOY page of the website:

Also pictures and comments from this year’s DAY BY THE SEA at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne:

In Search of Ray Maskell

The latest blog from ‘Music Hall Alice’ is as fascinating as ever as she traces the early stage career of her great grandfather’s sister. To read it, click on the link below:

“Good Old Days” on BBC4 – 8th July



BBC4 continues its wonderful run of repeats of the ever popular The Good Old Days  with a screening on Friday 8th July at 8pm of an edition, originally broadcast on 31st January 1975. The show stars Terry Scott, Patricia Cahill, Sheila Steafel, The Duo Violins, Duggie Brown and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company with Special Guest: Arthur Askey.

“Good Old Days” back on BBC4 Friday 1st July


After a week’s break for the Glastonbury Festival, BBC4 is once again screening an old edition of The Good Old Days. This particular show was originally screened in 1975 and Chairman Leonard Sachs introduces, for your delectation, Georgia Brown, Barry Cryer, John Inman, Barry Howard, Katinka Seiner, Marie Ange Brillet, The Three Hurricanes and Members of the Players’ Theatre

Thelma Ruby at the King’s Head

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Legendary theatre actress Thelma Ruby, who at ninety one years old has given her whole life to the world of theatre ,has been coaxed out of retirement by The Kings Head Theatre to tell her life story.

Thelma, who has starred in shows such as Fiddler On The Roof (1984, Apollo Victoria Theatre) and Cabaret (1968, Queens Theatre alongside Judi Dench) will star in THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT as part of the Kings Head’s Festival 46 programme.

A theatrical account of Thelma’s varied and exciting life in the theatre will be told through captivating stories, songs and sketches from her career.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT with Thelma Ruby plays at the Kings Head Theatre on 24th and 31st July at 1.30pm.

To read more on Miss Ruby, visit her website at:



For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

John Lennon was inspired to write the song For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite, after purchasing an old circus poster from 1843. Now a guy who wanted to recreate that very poster has made a very short video of how he set about it with the aid of New North Press, who are keeping alive the old fashioned letter press style of printing that would have been used in the early days of music hall/circus etc.

To view the film click on:


Music Hall This Autumn In Blue Town

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The Autumn music hall show at Blue Town promises to be another winner with Chairman Paul Harris introducing ‘at enormous expense’ singing star Marilyn Hill Smith, comedy impressionist Adam Daye and the British Music Hall Society’s own Dean Caston.

Ivor Novello Concert at Maidenhead Cancelled

The Ivor Novello concert  at Maidenhead’s Desborough Suite Theatre, scheduled to take place this coming Saturday, 25th June, has now been cancelled.

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