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Good Old Days on BBC4 on 7th October



The run of repeats of the ever-popular Good Old Days continues on BBC4 on Friday 7th October with a bill that includes Arthur Askey, Georgia Brown, Arthur Worsley, Eira Heath, Sheila Steafel, Ray C. Davis and Tudor Davies and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, is, as ever, Your Worthy and Wordy Chairman.


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.

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