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The Players’ Theatre Music Hall at the Museum Of Comedy on Sunday 25th July

The Players’ Theatre present Old Time Music Hall at the Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR on Sunday 25 July at 3.30pm.

With all the songs you love to sing and the jokes you love to hear. A joyous trip down memory lane. This will be a special show, a welcome back to the Player’s and a glass of bubbly supplied. Two hours of song, dance, magic and laughter all in the capable hands of your elegantly waist-coated Chairman.

Booking information can be found on the link below:

Radio4 Drama on comic/magician Peter Waring on Tuesday 22nd June at 2.15pm

On Tuesday 22nd June at 2.15pm BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a drama about Peter Waring, a young comic/magician who encountered fame and infamy in his brief life.

Mr Waring of the BBC


A curated drama of archive documents and memoirs, by Freddie Phillips.

It’s just after the Second World War and success beckons when a young entertainer with “a new line in comedy” lands the leading role in a BBC radio show. Freddie Fox and Robert Bathurst star in the true story of Peter Waring, whose desire for a better life brought him fame and infamy.

Mr Waring ….. Freddie Fox
Frank Muir ….. Robert Bathurst
Benny Hill/Booking Manager….. Clive Hayward
Redacted Letter Writer ….. Tony Turner
Charmian Innes ….. Elinor Coleman
Director of Variety ….. Simon Ludders
BBC Voice ….. Marilyn Nnadebe
LPR Roche ….. Stewart Campbell
Jack Fallon ….. Joshua Riley
Press Voice 1 ….. Jane Slavin

Pianist, Peter Ringrose
Directed by Gemma Jenkins
Photograph, The Magic Circle Archive

The Good Old Days Shows at Leeds this autumn

The City Varieties Theatre in Leeds will be staging 2 editions of The Good Old Days in September. On the 17th and 18th of September Richard Gauntlett will be the Chairman for a bill headed by Bernie Clifton that includes Judith Hibbert, Jan Hunt, Andy Eastwood and magician Scott Penrose.

The following week on 24th and 25th of September, David Graham will be the Chairman and the artistes will include singers Linda Watts and Mickie Driver, ventriloquist Emily Brown and comedy magician Mel Harvey. Topping the bill will be Bobby Crush.

Both editions will also have the backing of the City Varieties Orchestra (under the masterful direction of David Smith) and The New Variety Dancers.

Further information can be found by clicking on the link:

Leeds Heritage Theatres

The Good Old Days was a BBC television light entertainment programme produced by Barney Colehan which ran from 1953 to 1983. Filmed at The Varieties, the show recreated an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes. Compered by Leonard Sachs, the show featured more than 2,000 performers over the course of its run, including Les Dawson, Barbara Windsor, Bruce Forsyth, Eartha Kitt, John Inman, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer. The original series has recently enjoyed a re-run on BBC4.

Langham Lunch Club’s Series of Lunchtime talks at the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne during 2021

Talk on Marie LLoyd by Midge Gillies on Wednesday 16th June

Midge Gillies who has written a biography of Marie Lloyd, will be giving a live, illustrated Zoom talk about the famous music hall star on Wednesday 16th June at 7pm. Tickets are £4.80, which includes a 50% donation to Westminster Arts Reference Library.

Details of the talk can be found by clicking the link below:

In The Limelight Meeting on June 10th

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