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Marie Lloyd Queen Of The Halls – Free Lecture at the V&A Museum on 4th March


On the 150th anniversary of her birth, and to celebrate International Women’s Day, Alison Young and Christine Padwick from the British Music Hall Society look at the life and career of the first female celebrity of popular entertainment. Irreverent, generous, bold and mischievous she exemplified the gusto of the Music Hall, the one place in Victorian England where a woman could be in control. She spanned the peak years of this unique form of entertainment from her first appearance at the age of 15 until her death in 1922. Loved by her audiences she counted Edward VII, George Bernard Shaw and T. S. Eliot among her fans. In contrast her private life was often unhappy; married three times, she suffered humiliation and domestic abuse. Something passed out of the Music Hall when she died; it was dying itself, but her songs linger on with The Boy in the Gallery, Don’t Dilly Dally, A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good and Oh Mr Porter.

The lecture will take place in The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A Museum from 1pm – 1.45pm. Free Entry.


The Lissenden Players March Music Hall on Wednesday 18th March

The Lissenden Players will be staging an evening of music hall
on Wednesday March 18th at The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution,
11 South Grove,Pond Square. Highgate, London N6 6BS
Doors open 7.30 for 8 pm.    Admission £8 at the door.
Performing that evening will be:
Louisa Bayman,  Cathy Joyner, Orla Roberts and Martin Nail
with Paul Kenealy in the Chair
and Derek Marcus at the piano.
Bring your friends along for an entertaining evening.

Bernie Clifton on ‘Meet the Richardsons’ on Thursday 27th February

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Bernie Clifton, one of the stars appearing in the Society’s Day By The Sea  at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne on Saturday 6th June 2020, will be seen on Meet The Richardsons (starring Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont) on Thursday 27th February on the TV channel Dave at 10pm.

Lorna Dallas To Receive Cabaret Award


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Lorna Dallas, one of the stars appearing in the BMHS’s Day By The Sea on Saturday 6th June 2020 at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne,will be honoured at the New York Bistro Awards on Monday March 9th.  Her award is for ‘Consummate Cabaret Artistry’.

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Day By The Sea on June 6th 2020

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Tickets on sale at present for British Music Hall Society members only.

General booking opens on Monday March 9th

Thora Hird Statue Planned for Morecambe


Morecambe Heritage Centre are hoping to erect a statue of Thora Hird in the resort. To find out more click on the link below:

and you can hear about their plans by clicking on this video link:

Naturally Insane: The Life Of Dan Leno at the Criterion Theatre, London on Monday 27th April

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BMHS Members can get a 10% discount per booking of seats in the £20 and £25 bracket. Use the discount code BMHS. There is also a group booking discount of 10% on 5 or more seats in the £15, £20 and £25 bracket.

The playwright David Slattery-Christy is kindly donating £1 for each seat sold to the BMHS.

BMHS President Roy Hudd will be appearing in the play as Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and will be giving an after show talk on Dan Leno and his legacy.


Naturally Insane: The Life Of Dan Leno at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on 26th April

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British Music Hall Society AGM on Sunday 8th March


will take place at the

Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL

at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th March 2020

Why not join us for a Sunday Roast before the meeting?

Our pre-AGM lunch will be held once again at the Mitre Townhouse pub at 24, Craven Terrace (just across the road from the Lancaster Hall Hotel). We will be in the Private Room upstairs and lunch will be served at 12.30pm (arrive from 11.45am) and comprise a two-course set lunch (Roast Chicken and Apple Crumble, plus coffee) all for £22. This must be booked and paid for by Friday 28th February 2020.

 Please send a cheque, payable to BMHS, to Adam Borzone, Elm Trees, Bar Lane, Owlswick, Princes Risborough, Bucks., HP27 9RG. Please include your email address and contact number and advise if any vegetarian or other dietary requirements.

Following the AGM tea and coffee will be served and

Dr John Woolf will talk about his book –

The Wonders: Lifting The Curtain On The Freak Show, Circus And Victorian Age


Dr John Woolf will also be signing copies of this fascinating book.


We look forward to seeing you there.



Our Vice President Wyn Calvin featured in The Stage (out on Thursday 20th Feb)


To mark our Vice President Wyn Calvin’s 75 years in show business, Nick Smurthwaite interviews  Wyn in The Stage newspaper, which will be published on Thursday 20th February. For subscribers of the newspaper, the article is already available to read online.

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