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BMHS Members’ Music Hall Show – Cancelled

The BMHS Members’ Music Hall show, originally scheduled for Tuesday 5th November at the Club For Acts And Actors, has been cancelled. Sadly, the  CAA will be closed in November due to ongoing work at the club and no other suitable venue was available.

The British Music Hall Society wish to express their thanks to Peter Charlton for all the work he had put into organising this event.

Naughty Nineties Music Hall show on 19th October


Max Miller Appreciation Society’s 21st Anniversary – Weekend Celebrations in November


This November sees a special 125/21 years Anniversary weekend for the MAX MILLER APPRECIATION SOCIETY in Brighton – That’s 125 years since Max was born, and it’s the 21st MMAS Annual Dinner and Cabaret.

Members and non-members welcome.  Visit one or both days – Please check out the youtube video at

Frank Matcham Society Event at the V&A on Friday 25th October

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Marie Lloyd Stole My Life at Old Red Lion on Sunday 29th September at 8pm

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A play about music hall star Nelly Power will be staged at the Old Red Lion in Islington on Sunday 29th September 2019 at 8pm:

Meet Nelly Power, local Islington lass and huge star of the Victorian Music Hall.  Principal Boy, Male Impersonator, Burlesque Act, she did it all and did it all well.

She was adored by an army of fans, owned 2 houses and had a jewellery collection worth some £175,000 in today’s money.

In 1882 she departed from her usual style to sing “The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery”, a romantic ballad written by her agent, George Ware that was a huge hit.

In 1885 up and coming teenager Miss Marie Lloyd took the song and made it her own, propelling herself to international superstardom.  Her agent was also George Ware.

In early 1887 Nelly died in relative poverty. There were 4,000 people at her funeral but there was not enough money left to pay for it.

In 1922 between 40-50,000 people lined the streets for the funeral of Marie Lloyd

Whilst the suffragists are outside the theatre, in an era where women had little power and independence, Nelly tells the tale of the Victorian Melodrama that was her life with humour, song and a little touch of bitterness!

Fresh from success and 4 Star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Blue Fire Theatre Co. are thrilled to be bringing Nelly home to Islington and especially pleased to be at the Old Red Lion the sort of venue Nelly would recognise all too well.

For more information and booking details:


Marilyn Hill Smith and Adam Daye guest in Bury St Edmunds Concert on 22nd September


Michael Wooldridge Organ Concert at Windsor on 22nd September


Michael Wooldridge has played in the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia and has played regularly at Old Windsor since 1979. He has also produced variety show tours and summer seasons. The organ is the Compton ex ABC/Regal, Old Kent Road, London, installed in Old Windsor in 1969.

By public transport, the number 8 bus from Slough Bus Station (next to the rail station) at 1.27pm stops outside the venue. Buses return at 3 minutes past the hour. There is a Toby carvery opposite the venue.

In The Limelight October Meeting change of date and venue



Because of work at the Club for Acts and Actors taking longer than originally planned, the BMHS’s October In The Limelight meeting will now take place on a different day and at a different venue.

Alison Young’s talk on The Art Of Music Hall  – a look at the art and artists inspired and influenced by music hall and variety including sheet music, illustration, caricatures and paintings capturing this lively and fascinating world – will now take place on Wednesday 9th October at 7.30pm at the Water Rats pub, 328, Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross,  London, WC1X 8BZ.

Click here to book your ticket:



Music Hall Walking Tour on 18th September



Music Hall Encore – 6pm-7.30pm Weds 18 September, Start of walking tour The Coal Hole in The Strand WC2 9RW Finish in Leicester Square


Launching Music Hall Encore in the company of Max Miller and other Music Hall heroes, re-created by Mr Tommy Parsons (aka Mitch Feral from Funny Story Productions), we will start at The Coal Hole on the Strand. We visit the sites of the very first beginnings of Music Hall : Evans Supper Rooms and The Cyder Cellars. The original buildings no longer exist, but there are traces and plaques and names – for instance, the Coal Hole pub still bears the name of one of the earliest ‘free ‘n’ easy’ venues.  A mid nineteenth century phenomenon of which only traces remain today. Join this unusual walking tour and sing your hearts out for Music Hall’s return.

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