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October Website Updates – Lifetime Achievement Awards

The BMHS website now has photos of the 2 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners for 2017.

To find out more go to the EVENTS page and click on Lifetime Achievement Award or click below:


October Website Updates – Photos Galore!


The BMHS website now has photographs of the Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch held on Thursday 26th October. Just go to the EVENTS page and click on Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch or click below:


Finsbury Park Empire plaque unveiling photos (10 Oct 2017) (6)

There are also photographs of the ceremony in Islington on Tuesday 10th October when a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the Finsbury Park Empire. To see these photographs, go to EVENTS page and click on Associated Events or click below:

Lionel Blair unveils Alma Cogan plaque

Finally there are photographs of the ceremony in Worthing on Friday 22nd September when a Blue Plaque was unveiled to the singer Alma Cogan. To see these photographs go to EVENTS page and click on Associated Events or click below:

Ken Dodd Radio Tribute


Radio 4 Extra will be airing a special tribute to Sir Ken Dodd as he celebrates his 90th birthday next month.

On November 8th, Radio 4 Extra will hear from some of his famous fans, as well as airing an extended interview with the performer about how his career began.

What a beautiful day! is presented by BBC Sports broadcaster, Garry Richardson, who first saw him live at the age of 10, some 50 years ago. He’s joined by John Martin, a family friend of Dodd, who’s been writing jokes for him, for more than 25 years.

There are also interviews with Sir David Jason, Roy Hudd, Jimmy Tarbuck and Judith Chalmers.

The show is produced by Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra

It airs on Sunday 5 November at 8pm and is followed by BBC archive of Sir Ken Dodd on the BBC Light Programme in 1960, in an episode of It’s Great To Be Young, alongside Judith Chalmers.

Sir Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch

On Thursday 26th October at the Lansdowne Club, the British Music Hall Society celebrated the impending 90th birthday and the recent knighthood of legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd. Photos will appear shortly on the society’s website but in the meantime, here are a few pics from that highly successful occasion. Guests included Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Michael Billington, Alison Steadman, Jimmy Cricket, Bernie Clifton, Andy Eastwood, Steve Hewlett, Barry Cryer, The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Liverpool, Dame Patricia Routledge, Dame June Whitfield and, of course, our President Roy Hudd and Vice President Wyn Calvin.

Sir Ken was presented with the British Music Hall Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (a music hall chairman’s gavel) by BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone.

(Photos by John McKenzie)


In The Limelight: Neil Clark on Edgar Wallace


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The next BMHS In The Limelight meeting takes place next Thursday, 2nd November 2018 at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP at 7.45pm.  The journalist and author Neil Clark will talk about The Life And Career Of Edgar Wallace. Mr Clark is the author of Stranger Than Fiction: The Life Of Edgar Wallace, The Man Who Created King Kong.

There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of meetings are greatly appreciated. All welcome

Patricia Routledge on Music Hall on Radio 3



Dame Patricia Routledge talks about her love of music hall on Radio 3’s Friday With Rob Cowan on Friday 27th October at around 10.50am. If you miss it you can always hear this, plus Dame Patricia’s other musical influences, which have been broadcast every morning this week (at the same time of 10.50am) on the BBC iPlayer.

Good Old Days on 3rd November

hqdefaultIMG_7635_AThe Good Old Days on BBC4 on Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm is a repeat of a show first broadcast on 24th April 1979. The line up includes Les Dawson, Peter Hudson, Sweet Substitute, Joan Merrigan, Paul Rhodes, Julia Sutton, Eleanor McCready, Eve ‘n Alan, Ralph Heid and Members of the Players Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is in the Chair.

Mary Ward Players’ November Music Hall

November 18th 2017 show poster

The Good Old Days on Friday 27th Oct



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Our President Roy Hudd tops the bill on the edition of The Good Old Days that BBC4 will screen on Friday 27th October at the earlier time of 7.30pm. Originally broadcast on 5th April 1979, the show will also feature Barbara Windsor, Pat Mooney, Peter Gale, Terri Rogers, Chaz Chase, Gerard Edon, Jenny Till and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs is the Chairman.

George Formby Show – Tour Dates

The George Formby show that is playing at the Arts Depot Finchley on 19th October is also on a short tour. The dates are as follows:


Thur 19th LONDON ArtsDepot 2pm & 7.30pm

Sat 21st GAINSBOROUGH Trinity Theatre 7.30pm

Mon 30th BROMLEY Churchill Theatre 7.30pm


Wed 1 REDBRIDGE Drama Centre 11am & 8pm

Thu 2 LUTON Library Theatre 7.30pm

Fri 3 CANTERBURY Marlowe 8pm

Sat 4 HORSHAM The Capitol 3pm

Wed 8 LOUTH Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre 7.30pm

Fri 10 HELMSLEY Arts Centre 7.30pm

Wed 15 RUNCORN The Brindley 7.30pm

Thur 16 NOTTINGHAM Lakeside 7.30pm

Tue 21 GREAT TORRINGTON The Plough Arts Centre 8pm

Wed 22 TEIGNMOUTH Pavilions 7.30pm

Sat 25 PETERSFIELD Studio @ TPS 7.30pm

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