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Blackpool’s Proposed Museum receives £4 million from National Lottery Heritage Fund


Blackpool Council has today been allocated £4 Million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of the Blackpool Museum Project.

This is this final piece in a £13 million funding jigsaw that will see the project become a reality.

The Blackpool Museum Project will celebrate Blackpool as the UK’s most popular seaside destination and its role in the development of British popular culture. Located in the Sands Building on the Promenade, it will be a hybrid between museum and visitor attraction, capturing the spirit of this amazing town.

Visitors will be able to discover more about Blackpool’s links with dance, comedy, live variety, illumination, circus and sideshows. Get up close with the entertainers who put Blackpool on the map – the comedians, dancers, acrobats, performers and larger-than-life characters who turned a seaside resort into the world capital of show business.

The £13 million Project had already secured more than £7 Million external funding.

The year-round visitor attraction will be a fully-immersive, family-friendly experience, filled with memorabilia, film, music and live performance, and giving visitors an opportunity to look behind the scenes as what it took to make Blackpool special.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said:

“This is fantastic news, it’s the final piece in the jigsaw and now our dreams can become a reality.

“It has been six years since I first sat down with council officers and discussed the concept of a museum celebrating Blackpool’s rich heritage and its unique place in the nation’s heart.

“We did not want to just create a display of Blackpool’s history, we aspired to do something completely unique that you would only experience here.

“Thanks to the effort and expertise of our volunteers and supporters and the commitment of hard-working council officers we finally have an amazing concept that is financially viable.

“The official launch of our plans will follow in the autumn.”

In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, and private owners, it will display, collect, research and celebrate collections related to popular entertainment.

The museum is expected to open in 2021.

The Naughty Nineties Company’s Music Hall on Saturday 6th July


The Great Geordie Songbook at the Sage, Gateshead in November



With a tribute to Alan Hull

Sage, Gateshead (Two)

 Sunday, November 3, 2019

4pm and 8pm

 Following the huge successes of Mr Corvan’s Music HallThe Great Joe Wilson(both @ Sage Gateshead), Hadaway Harry  (London and Newcastle Theatre Royal),  three fantastic Great Joe Wilson Nights (Tyneside Irish Centre) and Carrying David, Wisecrack Productions present this brilliant new show featuring classic North East songs and comedy.

 A tremendous celebration of our brilliant local songwriters including Alan HullJoe WilsonNed CorvanGeordie RidleyBilly Mitchell, Judy Dinning, Tommy Armstrong, Alex Glasgow Johnny Handle and Pete Scott.

 Starring some of the region’s biggest theatre stars: Micky CochraneSarah Boulter and Jamie Brown (all The Great Joe Wilson) with top musicians Rachael McShane (Mr Corvan’s Music Hall and Bellowhead) and Jordan Miller (The Great Joe Wilson,  Vandebilt  & The Lake Poets). Featuring brilliant musical comedy from Gavin Webster and Josh Daniels.

 Tickets only £20 from or via

To Gillie With Love – A Gala Celebration In memory Of Gillian Lynne on 2nd July



An unforgettable evening of stellar performances in celebration of the prolific and dearly-loved director-choreographer, Gillian Lynne DBE. A year and a day after Gillian sadly passed away, ‘To Gillie, With Love’ will see stars of the world of dance, theatre, film and TV come together to show their admiration and thanks to this unique and remarkable individual who helped, guided and inspired so many.

It will take place on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.30pm at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, formerly the New London, where Gillian pioneered her ground-breaking choreography on Cats in 1981, was lovingly renamed in her honour by Andrew Lloyd Webber in June 2018 making Lynne the first non-royal woman to have a West End Theatre named after her.

Celebrating iconic moments from her lifelong and extensive career, the evening will feature Anthony Barclay; Christopher Biggins; Sierra Boggess; The New Adventures Company; Greg Castiglioni; Lorna Dallas; Ben Forster; Anna Francolini; Jason Gardiner; Nickolas Grace; Linzi Hateley; Michael Howe; Gloria Hunniford; Ramin Karimloo; Hannah Kenna Thomas; Jeremy Kerridge; Beverley Knight; Peter Land; Emily Langham; Annabel Leventon; Iain Mackay; Robert Meadmore; Caroline O’Connor; Jonjo O’Neil; Richard O’Brien; Sergei Polunin; Stuart Matthew Price; Hugh Quarshie; Jack Rebaldi; Liz Robertson; Sir Ken Robinson; Tamara Rojo; Jamie Safir; Wayne Sleep; Scarlett Strallen; Una Stubbs andHannah Waddingham. The evening will also feature a choir with students from Arts Ed and the Royal Academy of Music.

As well as honouring Gillian, the evening will launch the Lynne and Land Foundation, which Gillian and her husband Peter Land established to enable talented young performers to achieve their dreams by providing scholarships and grants to reach their full potential in the choreographic arts, drama and musical theatre.

Peter Land:

“Two years before my wife passed away we discussed the Foundation and she insisted on having it in both of our names. We both benefitted hugely in our careers from the kindness of others and that is what we want to do with the Foundation – to be the help that Gillian Lynne was to so many performers throughout her career. I remember the actor George Baker being wonderfully generous to me and Gillian always said that the support she got from Noël Coward, personally and professionally kept her going when times were tough.”

The evening will be curated and produced by Peter Land and Lean Two Productions, directed and staged by Chrissie Cartwright, Gillian’s long-time collaborator on Cats, musical direction by Peter McCarthy, scenic design by Matthew Kinley, lighting design by Michael Robertson, sound design by Adam Fisher. The evening is supported by LW Theatres and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

Gillian’s direction, staging and choreography broke records across the globe with her collaboration on two of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous musicals: Cats and The Phantom of the Opera which can still be seen nightly throughout the world. As a producer, director, choreographer and performer, throughout the course of her life Gillian was involved in more than 60 productions in the West End, 11 feature films and hundreds of TV productions.

BMHS Birthday Show on 3rd September at The Water Rats pub

Birthday Show

Mickie Driver and Full Company will be on hand at the British Music Hall Society’s Birthday Show on Tuesday 3rd September at 7.30pm to present Bless ‘Em All marking 80 years since the start of World War 2.

The show will take place at The Water Rats pub, 328, Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BZ. Tickets are £11 and can be booked in advance from

Early booking is advised!

Popular organist Andy Quin in concert on Sunday 16th June

2019 06 A Quin copy

Now Here’s A Funny Story At The Canal Cafe


A wickedly fun singalong show, Now Here’s A Funny Story! reveals Music Hall in its true light as the precursor of Weimar Cabaret. Written by Mitch Feral and performed by experienced cabaret and music hall artists, Tommy Parsons and Ciara Power, with Paul Smith on piano, we are taken on a  musical journey from the very beginnings of Victorian Music Hall with its darkly comic songs of mock executions, through to its glamorous heyday of the 1890’s and the Great War. On the way, we encounter Marie Lloyd, whose private life was mired in domestic tragedy and violence and Champagne Charlie, who died of drink-related illness in an era of rampant alcoholism. There too, the brazenly cross-dressing Dan Leno and Vesta Tilley whose sexual ambiguity paved the way for the Suffragette Movement and Gay Lib. A nineteenth century NewsRevue, we reveal the dark, subversive, socially pioneering and satirical underbelly of Victorian popular culture….with famous sing-along songs for all the family, such as ‘Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way’, ‘The Old Bull & Bush’ and ‘’It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’ ,as well as re-discovered lesser-known classics such as ‘You Can’t Stop A Girl From Thinking’’, ‘The Ballad of Sam Hall’ and ‘I’ll Make A Man Of You’. The show is directed by Jan Hunt of BBC Television’s The Good Old Days.

**** “a decidedly upbeat….whistlestop singalong history tour…”AllEdinburghTheatre Review.

“Excellent entertainment with appeal for everyone…..amusing, touching, rowdy.” Brian Dazley There’ll Never Be Another (MMAP Quarterly Magazine)


Winner of The Offcut Festival Short Play Award 2010

“A colourful picture of grotesques, puns and songs….its crazy observations are spot on…exhilarating music.” [The Stage on ‘Street Cries’  (2012) by Mitch Feral ]

****“Inspiring musical.” [Three Weeks on ‘’Street Cries’ (2012) by Mitch Feral ]

**** “An unexpected delight. If only all award winners were as good as Mitch Feral.”  on ‘’Street Cries’ (2012) by Mitch Feral ]

DIRECTED BY JAN HUNT of BBC Television’s ‘The Good Old Days’ & The Paper Moon Theatre

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