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Naughty Nineties Music Hall Show on Saturday 13th November at 3pm

On Saturday 13th November at 3pm there will be a live Music Hall show packed with singalong favourites and hits from yesteryear.

At the Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square, London WC1N 3AQ.
£5 on the door.

Kate Garner Singalong on Remembrance Sunday 14th November

Kate Garner is a songwriter/singer/pianist with a love of old songs and a supporter of The Royal British Legion. 

Join her for a singalong on Remembrance Sunday online, from the comfort of your home. 

There is no ticket required but if you would like to make a donation to The Royal British Legion, that will be lovely. 

To watch the show, email Kate at  She’ll send you a link to the show to watch on YouTube at 3pm on 14th November. 

Blue Plaque to Fred Barnes – Photos Of The Event Now On The Website

The British Music Hall Society President Paul O’Grady unveiled a BMHS Blue Plaque to music hall star Fred Barnes on Monday 18th October at 22, Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PH, Fred’s home from 1926-1930. Photos of the event are now on the BMHS website:

Organ Concert with Lewis Scott on 24th October

The North East Theatre Organ Association present a wonderful MIGHTY WURLITZER Concert featuring Former Young Theatre Organist of the Year LEWIS SCOTT in concert at the Wurlitzer

SUNDAY 24 October 2021 at 2.30 pm at the New Victoria Centre, Howden-Le-Wear, CROOK, DL15 8EZ for all ages to enjoy.

TICKETS  contact David Kirkbride tel.  01388 762467 or 

 Online at 

Fred Barnes Blue Plaque to be unveiled by BMHS President Paul O’Grady on Monday 18th October

On Monday 18th October at 12 noon the British Music Hall Society President, Paul O’Grady will unveil a Blue Plaque to Music Hall singer Fred Barnes at 12 noon at 22 Clifton Villas, Maida Vale, London W9. All welcome.

John Thomson to guest in ‘Naturally Insane’

Booking now open.

Naturally Insane!The Life of Dan Leno, starring Steve Royle on 15th November 3 & 7.30pm at London’s Criterion Theatre. Special guest appearance by actor and comedian John Thomson who will play Herbert Beerbohm Tree.

“A play that captures the heart and soul and genius of our greatest Victorian comedian…” Roy Hudd OBE. “Unique, heartfelt production…” Peter Kay “Comical, gripping, poignant…” Lancashire Evening Post.

Dan Leno was the most famous music-hall and Drury Lane pantomime star of the late Victorian and early Edwardian era. His name lives on in legend – his early death in 1904 at the age of 43 meant he was never immortalised in film. He did influence comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel among others. Born George Wild Galvin in 1860 in Somers Town near King’s Cross Station in London. The cottage was demolished as part of the clearance of a slum area to make way for St Pancras Station. According to Dan, the site of the cottage is about halfway down platform one and to the left! His early childhood was spent touring the northern music halls as part of his step-father’s act ‘The Lenos’ – he then went on to be billed with his brother Henry as ‘The Great Little Leno’s’. Their act involved tumbling, juggling, contortions and comedy capers. He would later become the preeminent pantomime star at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where he created the role of Mother Goose and other pantomime traditions that carry on to this day.

The play is set in the last weeks of Dan Leno’s life and we discover his story as we meet his wife, Lydia, and his brother, Henry. His struggles with an undiagnosed brain tumour, mental health issues and a love of gin. We also meet Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who Dan discussed his ambition of playing a Shakespeare role with, and also his Doctor who mistreated him for both insanity and syphilis.

Players’ Theatre Eve Of The Eve Music Hall & Party on Thursday 30th December 2021

The Lissenden Players are back with a live Music Hall on Wednesday 20th October


At the Highgate Scientific & Literary Institution in Pond Square –

11, South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS

DOORS OPEN 7.30 FOR 8 pm.   At the door: £8.00



Roy Hudd: I Did It My Way on BBC Radio4 Extra on Saturday 9th October

BBC Radio4 Extra devotes 3 hours to Roy Hudd on Saturday 9th October. The programme entitled I Did It My Way can be heard from 9am – 12noon and again at 7pm- 10pm. Details of the programme are given below:

Much-loved comedian and actor Roy Hudd talks to Peter Reed about his radio life and times.

With behind-the-scenes stories of making and starring in his hit BBC shows:

* THE NEWS HUDDLINES (06/06/79) BBC Radio 2

Poking fun at topical events and personalities, this series ran for 25 years. Roy was joined by Chris Emmett and his leading ladies Janet Brown, Alison Steadman and June Whitfield.


Roy dons his deerstalker to investigate ‘The Case of the Clockwork Fiend’ with June Whitfield.

* HUDDWINKS (14/08/86) BBC Radio 2

Chris Emmett and Denise Coffey join Roy for ‘Railway ’86 – The Movie!’: British Rail’s new ‘Silver Bullet’ train ends up as a runaway express to Aberdeen. Sony Radio Academy Gold award-winning comedy.

* THE SCAN (29/09/1999) BBC Radio 4

Roy reveals his more dramatic side in Peter Tinniswood’s drama. Compulsive talker Ernest seeks reassurance from a protective nurse. Co-starring Judy Cornwell.

Sadly Roy died aged 83 in 2020.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra – and first broadcast in March 2008.

In The Limelight at the Water Rats pub this autumn

Thursday 21st October at 7.30pm

The Job Of A Laughtime

Presented by Brad Ashton

Scriptwriter Brad Ashton will tell lots of humorous backstage stories about the many top name comedians he has had the pleasure of working with, including Frankie Howerd, Dick Emery, Groucho Marx, Tommy Cooper, Bruce Forsyth, Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse.

Thursday 18th November at 7.30pm

Gwen Farrar And Norah Blaney

Presented by Alison Child and Rosie Wakley

Alison has written a book (shortlisted for the Polari Prize) about a unique musical comedy double act who appeared across the country, including the London Palladium, Victoria Palace and the London Coliseum in the 1920s. The talk will include slides and live recordings of this remarkable pair.

Both events take place at The Water Rats pub, 328, Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ. Tickets are £8 (BMHS members) and £10 (non-members) and should be booked in advance from

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