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More Call Boy articles on the website

Want some more reading material during lockdown?

Well, you need look no further as we have added some more past articles from The Call Boy. To read about comediennes Jill Summers and Jessie Jewel; the one and only Norman Wisdom; ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; director of many a Palladium revue Robert Nesbitt;  top comedy scriptwriter (Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi, etc) David Croft ; The Comedians producer Johnnie Hamp, or The Top 10 Music Hall Songs according to members of the BMHS, just click on the link below:

British Music Hall Society’s Radio Shows To Be Added To Website


4  x 30 minute radio shows produced last year by the British Music Hall Society and broadcast on Angel Radio will be able to be heard on the website at the end of May.



Music Hall And Variety Day 16th May

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On what would have been Roy Hudd’s 84th Birthday, we are launching Music Hall and Variety Day.

A day to celebrate Music Hall and Variety.


In honour of our former President Roy Hudd OBE we will be launching an annual day to celebrate Music Hall and Variety on Saturday 16 May 2020.  Roy was our President of the Society for 28 years until his death last month, and the day marks his birthday.


Chairman Adam Borzone said: “This year, more than ever, it is important to pay tribute to those we have lost. Roy Hudd brought joy to many during his lifetime. He was one of Music Hall’s most passionate and talented champions. It is fitting that the community he did so much for comes together and celebrates by sharing memories of this era.”


“We wish to make this an annual event and hope in the future Music Hall and Variety Day will be marked with further events including talks, shows and exhibitions.  This initiative presents an opportunity for performers, theatre historians, theatre collections and collectors to unite and engage with us in providing some entertainment and joy.”

Music Hall and Variety theatre fans are being invited to celebrate the day by sharing personal artifacts, collections and memories of the genre using the hashtag #musichallvarietyday

This our inaugural year, it would be incredible if we could get #MusicHallVarietyDay trending so please on Saturday 16th  May share your favourite poster, photograph or programme.


This could be done in two ways


  • Twitter @musichallsoc
  • Facebook – British Music Hall Society. Home of Music Hall &



Don’t forget to put #MusicHallVarietyDay in your post and on the day don’t forget to follow #musichallvarietyday to see what everyone is sharing to celebrate this day.



Lost Empires on BBC Radio4 Extra


BBC Radio4 Extra will be repeating the dramatization of J.B. Priestley’s  wonderful book about music hall, Lost Empires (first broadcast in 1994), in 3 one-hour episodes on Monday 18th May, Tuesday 19th May and Wednesday 20th May at 10am,  3pm and, for night birds, 3am.

The play tells the story of Richard Herncastle who decides to join his Uncle Nick’s magic act on ‘the halls’ in 1913 just before WW1, and stars Tom Baker, Bryan Pringle, Richard Hollick, Brigit Forsyth and Deborah McAndrew.

Roy Hudd in BBC4 play on Florence Nightingale



BBC4 screened a repeat of a 2008 play on Florence Nightingale recently and in the cast was Roy Hudd as a music hall singer performing numbers that had some connection with Nightingale. Joining Roy in some of the numbers was the comedian and impresario Duggie Chapman. The play is available to watch at the moment on the BBC iPlayer:

Roy Hudd as Ugly Sister in ITV panto now on YouTube

ITV screened a pantomime in 1986 – Cinderella or The Shoe Must Go On. Written by Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh, the show stars Danny La Rue, Cheryl Baker, Michael Howe, Jimmy Cricket (as Buttons) and Roy Hudd and Brian Murphy as the Ugly Sisters with a host of supporting stars. It can now be viewed on YouTube:


My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m On The Stage

Jenny Douglas and her daughter Rebecca have been doing an online illustrated poem a day ( currently Day 50) to entertain, comfort or just keep spirits up by offering some thing ” different ” around our community.

According to Jenny, Rebecca does ‘the hard bit’ , as the artwork is her province. The technique she uses here is “speed drawing” so you see the picture take shape in time to the poem.

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