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If I Catch Alfonso, Tonight!: A Tribute To Billy Merson


Tour dates in 2019 include:

                Bury St Edmunds

       Constitutional Club IP33 1PR

      Sunday  28th April  at 3.00 p.m.

      Monday 29th April at 7.30 p.m.




               Village Hall, TN17 4DE

        Sunday 12th May at 3.30 p.m.



            Assembly Rooms PO19 1LQ 

          Saturday 20th July at 7.30 p.m.




          St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0EG

            Sunday 21st July at 3.00 p.m.




  Royal Hippodrome Theatre BN21 3PF

     Sunday 8th September 3.00 p.m.



                       Rye Festival

            Community Hall TN31 7LE

      Sunday 22nd September 3.00 p.m.



              Further venues pending

               See website for details





New Faces Music Hall on 26th April

New Faces flyer

Smoke & Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic Exhibition – Now On


Smoke And Mirrors: The Psychology Of Magic exhibition is now running at the Wellcome Collection, 183, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE until the 15th September.

Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box.

There are lots of events being staged at the venue to tie in with the exhibition. For further information on how to get to the museum ; its opening hours and the  list of events scheduled for the next few weeks, click on:


Music Hall at the Rosemary Branch on 26th April

Good Old Days 26 April (002)

Celebrating Danny La Rue

Danny Boy

Tickets are now on sale for the British Music Hall Society’s evening celebrating the life and career of Danny La Rue.

Those appearing that evening include Roy Hudd, Barry Cryer, Toni Palmer, Clovissa Newcombe, Lorna Dallas, Valerie Walsh, Annie Galbraith and Steven Metcalfe.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from:

and search ‘Danny Boy’.


Max Miller Show At CAA on 24th May

Tommy Parsons as Max Miller

Lissenden Players Music Hall on April 17th

The Lissenden Players’ Old Time Music Hall this month is on Wednesday
April 17th. Doors open 7.30 for 8 pm start.
The venue is the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, Pond Square, London, N6 6BS
Taking part in this month’s show are:
Peter Charlton,  Cathy Joyner, Peta Webb, and Orla Roberts.
Paul Kenealy will be in the Chair and Derek Marcus at the piano.

BMHS Founder and Sound Archivist on Angel Radio on Wednesday 10th April

The co-founder of the British Music Hall Society Gerald Glover and the Society’s Sound Archivist Andy Foster will be interviewed on Angel Radio on Wednesday 10th April from 9.30am to 11.30am when they will talk about the society and music hall.

To find out more about Angel Radio – available on DAB, FM and Online,  please click below:

A Night In The West End 1914 -1918

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A free Lecture-Concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert Band at Westgate Hall, Canterbury, on Saturday 27th April.

Doors and bar open 6.30pm.

Concert starts 7pm.

In August 1914 theatre managers were worried about the impact of the war on their businesses. Yet rather than causing a decline in theatre-going, the war provided a much-needed boost to the British theatre industry. Across the country theatres played a vital role in the war effort: encouraging recruitment, raising money for various war charities, and, maintaining the morale of both civilians and service personnel.

London theatres, with their proximity to the train stations at which men would disembark for their short periods of leave, had a particular role to play. To men on leave from the front, as B. F. Findon wrote, ‘a good entertainment is one of the best panaceas for the physical and mental stress to which they are subjected [when] they are ‘facing the music’ in the trenches. Two hours and a half in a London theatre is a fine tonic. It makes them, for the time being, forget the past, enjoy the present, and provides pleasurable reminiscences when they have to endure the grim realities of war’. It was a sentiment echoed across both the media and in official announcements. ‘The people’s amusements’ as Lord Derby announced in January 1917 ‘should go on’ and ‘those who come home should be met with cheerful faces, and their time away from the trenches made amusing’.

In this lecture-concert Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks bring together their respective expertise in the histories of wartime music and wartime theatre to explore the story of the wartime West End. With the Invicta Concert Band and professional singers bringing the songs to life, this is a unique opportunity to experience the music and stories from some of the biggest hits of the war years, including Chu Chin ChowA Little Bit of Fluff, and The Bing Boys Are Here.

A must for any fan of musical theatre and theatre history!

The event will include a collection for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Westgate Hall

Westgate Hall, the century-old award-winning former drill hall in the heart of the city, is the ideal venue for this Lecture Concert, A Night in the West End 1914-1918.

Westgate Community Trust (Canterbury) Ltd, a charitable company, has been a local success story since its conception in 2010, when it offered an alternative to Canterbury City Council’s plans to demolish Westgate Hall, through to its status today as a major local event provider with a healthy financial status. Since re-opening in 2014 following refurbishment, the Trust has managed the Hall’s transition to a vibrant community space, hosting wide-ranging events from weddings to funerals, graduation balls to election counts. As a community venue for over a century, it now has a footfall of over 45,000 per year, but its remit is not limited to the local community. Located a short walk from both of Canterbury’s railway stations and next to the Curzon Cinema, it is an ideal location for a regional event.

Getting to the event

Westgate Hall is in Canterbury city centre, approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Canterbury West railway station and 15 minutes’ walk from Canterbury East railway station. Parking is available in the adjacent Pound Lane car park at £1.70 an hour and in other city centre car parks. Information about travelling to Canterbury can be found here.

Address: Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BT.

For further information about the event please contact Gateways at or contact Westgate Hall on 01227 634886 or

Ticket can be booked at :

Novelty Theatre Music Hall – Tour Dates

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