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Gladys Morgan and Wyn Calvin on Funny Nation

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In 2019 BBC Wales screened a 3 part series called Funny Nation exploring Welsh comedy. In Episode 3, the British Music hall Society’s Vice President Wyn Calvin appears and we also hear a clip of Welsh comedienne Gladys Morgan. It’s heartening to see modern comedy actors discovering Gladys and even saying she was ‘ahead of her time’. The programme can be viewed by clicking below:

Strictly Variety at Cromer’s Pavilion Theatre


29th August – 13th Sept (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

Brought to you by Nigel Hogg Productions

The first indoor socially distanced variety show in Norfolk and possibly even Great Britain is right here, it’s not The Cromer Pier Show but it is the next best thing.

.Hosted by Norfolk funny man Olly Day and an array of the finest variety entertainers in the country fused together in a celebration of variety and the arts.   Expect some familiar extremely talented faces that have graced the theatre’s famous stage before and also some brand new faces in a 90-minute variety extravaganza.

The Pavilion Theatre cannot open profitably until social distancing is over so the space is being made available to help the acts try to generate some income for themselves and get back on stage to perform which they so desperately need to do.  In making the theatre available to this intrepid band Cromer Pier is doing their bit to help Keep Variety Alive until normal service and their own Summer Show can resume. During these challenging times the show is in aid of supporting the artists that have been left with no income and support until they can work again, the production team, the artists and tech crew would be very grateful for your support. We have got a show, now all we need is you, please come along and help us save the Arts.

With the help of Openwide Coastal Ltd. and North Norfolk District Council the Pavilion Theatre has been made completely Covid-19 safe and has been given the Visit England “Good To Go” award for enhanced confidence.

Limited to 100 tickets per show any unsold tickets will be available on the door

Booking is unallocated seating, you will be seated by the ushers on the evening according to your social bubble

Ticket collection is from the pop up box office in the Pavilion Bar on the night of the performance only.  No postage option is available

Show duration is 90 minutes with no interval

Face coverings must be worn

Pavilion Bar will be open until show time.

More information can be found at:


Ghost Lights: Ivor Novello And His Leading Ladies


Ghost Lights: Ivor Novello And His Leading Ladies, written and directed by BMHS member David Slattery Christy will be performed at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ on Friday 11th December at 7pm. Featuring the music of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward, the cast will include Rosemary Ashe and Ben Stock. Tickets can be obtained from the box office:

Music Hall Wednesdays at the Lambeth Heritage Festival

The Lambeth Heritage Festival this year is online and features a series of talks on music hall called Music Hall Wednesdays, organised by the Brixton Music Hall Project. These will take place on Wednesdays throughout September:
September 2nd: Brixton’s Music Hall Community
September 9th: The Empress Theatre Of Varieties
September 16th: Researching Brixton’s Music Hall Connections
September 23rd: Music hall Jugglers Of Lambeth
September 30th: International Music Hall
All the talks are free and commence at 7pm.
To book and to see further information click on the link below:
The Festival also has talks on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Streatham’s Theatres and the National Theatre

Drama about Lucille Ball on Radio 4


Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Sitcom is a 5 part drama to be broadcast on Radio 4 from Monday to Friday 17th -21st August 2020 at 10.45am each morning , repeated at 8.45pm each evening. Written by Gregg Oppenheimer, it tells the story of his writer-producer father’s famous TV series I Love Lucy.

This roller-coasting five-part serial shows how television, at a crucial time, learned from the established craft of radio. Cuban bandleader Desi’s inventive genius engendered studio techniques now taken for granted. Lucille and Desi’s uplifting relationship flouted conventional thinking and defied accepted entertainment practice in one of the most influential sitcoms in TV history.

Martin Jarvis directs a cast that includes Anne Heche (as Lucy), Wilmer Valderrama (as Desi), Alfred Molina, Stacey Keach, Mike McShane and Jared Harris.

BMHS Music Hall & Variety Quiz Night

Fancy testing your Music Hall & Variety knowledge?
Well join Vice Chairman Dean Caston for a fun evening with our Zoom Music Hall & Variety Quiz Night on Wednesday 5th August at 7.30pm 
This event is free to all members of the Society and full details are on page 36 of the Summer edition of The Call Boy.

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