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Raymond Briggs’s Sofa on Sunday 30th September in Brighton

John Henty event

Hailed “A Triumph” in Lewes, broadcaster and BMHS member, John Henty, is now bringing his radio play Raymond Briggs’s Sofa to Brighton at the end of September.   Described as stand-up comedy for sit-down people, the laugh-a-minute play uses the words of illustrator, Raymond Briggs, to outline the artist’s remarkable life and times.Supported by The Max Miller Appreciation Society of which he is a past chairman, John would welcome all BMHS members to the Holiday Inn, close-by the West Pier, on Sunday afternoon, September 30, at 3pm.    £10 tickets are still available by phoning John on 01273 478070. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Blue Plaque for Flanders And Swann


A blue plaque to Michael Flanders and Donald Swann will be unveiled on Wednesday 5th September at 2.30pm at 1, Scarsdale Villas, London, W8 6PT

Guest speakers/performers will be Jane Glover, Joseph Horovitz, Laura Flanders, Alison Swann-Smith, Stefan Bednarczyk, Leon Berger, Tim Fitzhigham and  Kit Hesketh-Harvey.

BMHS Birthday Show on Tuesday 4th September

The BMHS Birthday Show will take place at the Club For Acts And Actors on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7.30pm. Presented by Colin Simmons for Showscope Productions admission is by donation at the door. All welcome.

The Western Brothers documentary repeated on BBC Radio4 Extra on Monday 20th August


A repeat of Mockery With Monocles: The Western Brothers Revealed  can be heard on BBC Radio4 Extra on Monday 20th August. The programme is being broadcast 3 times that day: 6.30am; 1.30pm and  8.30pm. There is also a repeat at 1.30am on the morning of Tuesday 21st August.

Geoffrey Palmer celebrates the songs of Kenneth & George Western and reveals their place in British comedy.

The Lost Hancocks at the British Library

Tony Hancock

The London premiere performance of two long-lost radio scripts from the 1950s written for comedian Tony Hancock by acclaimed writer Larry Stephens. Entitled Vacant Lot, the series focused on life in the dull faded fictional seaside town of Churdley Bay, where the blundering, slightly pompous and barely tolerated Hancock aspires to better his lot. Despite featuring a supporting cast of colourful characters (with actors like Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Carry On’s Kenneth Connor all mooted for roles), Vacant Lot lay buried in the BBC archives … until now.

Featuring a full cast including impressionist James Hurn (BBC2’s Dead Ringers) as Tony Hancock, and Janice Connolly (aka Mrs Barbara Nice; Phoenix Nights).

In association with Birmingham Comedy Festival


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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Magic Lantern Show


A One Man Magic Lantern show of the classic book THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS by Robert Tressell

‘The man of many characters’, actor Neil Gore, presents an Edwardian Magic Show with Magic Lantern and projected animation; political conjuring tricks and live music and song, as we meet the famous characters from the book and follow the events that surround the painters and decorators who are charged with the renovation of a large town house for local Mayor Sweater.

This entertaining one-man show includes scenes, speeches, audience participation and songs from the classic book, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.

Touring the UK Autumn 2018 and May – July 2019

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