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Abney Park’s Music Hall Stars

Colin Sell Presents ‘Your Own, Your Very Own’ – Abney Park’s Music Hall Stars


Colin Sell, of Radio 4’s Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, will present Your Own, Your Very Own, a documentary detailing the life and times of the music hall stars buried in Abney Park, followed by a live Q&A session.

This event will consist of a short talk from Colin Sell in which he discusses the links between Abney Park and music hall of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. This will be followed by a live stream of a 45 minute documentary presented by Colin Sell, and featuring Barry Cryer, which goes into the stories behind such stars as George Leybourne, Fred Albert, Nellie Power, Walter Laburnum and many more.

Submit your questions for the Q&A session ahead of this event via email at

To book tickets for this event, click on the link below:

Theatre Royal Dublin Talk On 17th September

Thursday 17th September7.30pm

Conor Doyle, Historian of the Theatre Royal, Dublin, will give a talk on

Dublin’s Theatre Royal, Remembered

Ireland’s greatest theatre opened in 1935 and was billed as Europe’s largest theatre at the time. Many ‘A list’ Irish, UK and world stars appeared at this cine variety venue, which held a capacity of 4,000 patrons. Using rare photographs and previously thought ‘lost’ archival footage. The talk plots the rise and fall of this amazing and much loved Dublin institution which is still missed today in the city! This talk was delivered as part of the Music Hall And Variety Day on 16th May.

Zoom log in details will be sent out to all British Music Hall Society members on email this weekend.

Doreen Hermitage

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Doreen Hermitage. Doreen was an actress, dancer, singer and choreographer, a past Queen Ratling and a past Chairman of the British Music Hall Society. Doreen appeared in West End musicals such as Gone With The Wind, On Your Toes and the recent revival of Gay’s The Word. For many years she was associated with the Players’ Theatre and was the choreographer for all the Players’ Theatre Company scenas on BBC TV’s popular music hall show, The Good Old Days. She also made quite a few appearances on that show and here is a link to one of her best – leading the Players’ Theatre Company in a medley of songs made famous by Vesta Victoria:

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