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Day By The Sea – Update


Because of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have been advised by the Management of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne to postpone Day By The Sea, which was due to take place on Saturday 6th June.

We have instead decided to re schedule it for Saturday 3rd October 2020.

All tickets have been automatically transferred to the new date. If you are able to attend the new date – you do not have to do anything – your ticket is automatically valid.

If you are unable to attend this new date please contact the Box Office:

You can also phone the box office number 01323 802020 and leave a message on the answerphone which will be checked as regularly as possible.

We do hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along to our new date in October. By that time we will certainly be in need of a day of fun, laughter and song and Day By The Sea will supply it in abundance.

The Hippodrome is a gorgeous old music hall that in the last few years has been revitalised by the new young owners. They gave the front of the venue a much needed facelift and the new foyer is simply superb. During the winter they have been working on upgrading the toilet facilities and have enlarged the stalls bar.  It was such a shame  that after undergoing all that work, they then had to close.

With so many of our spring events having to be cancelled, let’s make a date to all meet up in Eastbourne on 3rd October to celebrate the BMHS, pay tribute to our dear Roy Hudd, and give the beautiful Hippodrome a full house.

Hoping to see you there.



British Music Hall Society’s Future Events – Important News

Further to our statement dated 17th March.


These are difficult times for us all and in line with Government advice and the health & safety of our members we are sadly cancelling further events.


We will now cancel all events held at The Water Rats until 31st August 2020.


  • The Little Tich Project 9th April
  • Gottle 0’Geer 6th May
  • The Life of Renee Houston 14th May
  • The Life of Robb Wilton 11th June
  • Water Rats Museum tour 17th June
  • Music Hall to Musical Matinee 7th July

    If you have purchased tickets via Ticketsource you will receive a notification from them and a full refund. We do plan to re-schedule these talks for a future date.

    We are currently in talks with the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, regarding our annual ‘Day by The Sea’ show on Saturday 6th June and will up-date you very soon on this event.

    If you have any questions, please contact us via

    Thank you for your support during this time, please stay safe.

    Adam Borzone
    British Music Hall Society.

Roy Hudd’s ‘Tracks Of My Years’



Another chance to hear Roy Hudd on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 morning show choosing the Tracks Of My Years:

Just A Verse And Chorus with Roy Hudd and Billy Dainty on YouTube

Want a wonderful memory of comic, actor and national treasure Roy Hudd? Look no further than YouTube. Thanks to actor Graham Hoadly who has made available the complete show – Just A Verse And Chorus – recorded live in 1985 – starring Roy and his great mate Billy Dainty. It lasts 2 hours 17 minutes.

Click on the link below to watch:

Roy Hudd Remembered on The Last Word on Radio 4


Roy Hudd was remembered on Radio 4’s The Last Word on Friday 20th March. The programme can be heard by clicking below:

Roy Hudd’s Tracks Of My Years Repeated on Radio 2 on 21st March

A repeat of Roy Hudd’s Tracks Of My Years, originally broadcast on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 morning show, can be heard on Radio 2 on Saturday 21st March at 2am!

Naturally Insane: The Life Of Dan Leno -Update

David Slattery-Christy (the author of Naturally Insane: The Life Of Dan Leno) writes:
Due to the closure of West End theatres our production of Naturally Insane! The Life of Dan Leno has now been postponed and will not take place on 27th April at the Criterion Theatre as planned. Anyone who has bought tickets will be contacted by the box office and they can have a refund or carry their booking over to the new date later in the year.
As many of you will be aware Roy Hudd OBE sadly passed away suddenly on 15th March. He was so excited to be part of this production and we were thrilled to work with him. We will dedicate the future performance to his memory. His love of Dan Leno was legendary and to have his approval for this production was the greatest accolade we could have hoped for. Our thoughts are with Debbie Hudd and family at this time. David Slattery Christy & Steve Royle for Heritage Theatre.
From Criterion Theatre Box Office:
After the advice from the government on Monday 16th March the Criterion will be temporarily closed and the performance of Naturally Insane! The Life of Dan Leno is now postponed.
We are planning to reschedule this performance for later in the year and will be able to contact you when we have more news.
In the meantime we can offer to refund your tickets, or we can credit your account and book you in to the new date when this is confirmed.
We will be contacting you over the next few days and discuss what you would prefer to do. However if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Best wishes,
Becky Bentley
Deputy Box Office Manager
Criterion Theatre

Enjoy An Interview with Roy Hudd from 30 years ago

Listen now to Broadcaster JOHN HENTY’s cheery interview with the one and only ROY HUDD, plus a song or two. Recorded 30 years ago, Roy’s on top form in this rarely heard radio interview. Enjoy!!

Cancellation of March and April’s In The Limelight evenings

These are difficult times for us all and in line with Government advice, we are cancelling events in March and April. Therefore, the talk at The Water Rats on  Thursday 19 March (Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney) by Alison Child, and that by Andy Hollingworth on Little Tich on Thursday 19 April are cancelled. If you had purchased tickets via Ticketsource you will receive a notification from them and a full refund. We do plan to re-schedule these talks for a future date.
We have not yet made a decision about our talks and events in May and June. This includes our annual event at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, Day By The Sea. We are still assessing the situation and will keep you updated.
If you have any questions, please contact us via

Sunday Night At The London Palladium repeats on Talking Pictures TV channel


The run of Sunday Night At The London Palladium shows continue on Sunday evenings at 9pm on Talking Pictures TV channel (Freeview 81).

On Sunday March 15th they will be screening an episode from 1965 with Jimmy Tarbuck as compere. On the bill will be Cliff Richard, The Bachelors, Topo Gigio, Frank Berry, The Fortunes, Michael Bentine, Eleanor Toner and Alfred Ravel.

On Sunday 22nd March, another 1965 edition will be shown, again with Jimmy Tarbuck as compere. He will be introducing George Raft, David Nixon, Spike Milligan, Paul and Barry Ryan, Russ Conway and Hugh Lambert.

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