Our final ‘In the Limelight’ talk of the year is next week, on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm at the Water Rats. Midge Gillies will be talking about the history of Piccadilly Circus, the subject of her latest book which she describes as “a people’s history” of Piccadilly Circus. She will discuss how music hall performers helped to turn the world-famous junction into “the hub of the universe” and why one police officer described it as “the wickedest pavement in England”. Her illustrated talk will describe what went on at the London Pavilion and how its history marked the changing world of music hall. She will tell the story of the acts who performed at the subterranean night club, the Café de Paris and its tragic finale, as well as the big bands who performed at the GIs’ favourite, Rainbow Corner, and the more sedate Criterion. She will introduce you to performers such as the “Man/Doll” Phroso, invite you to take a cup of tea at the first Lyon’s Tea Shop and explain why Piccadilly Circus was the best place in the world to celebrate – whatever your class or means.
Many of you will be familiar with Midge from her 1999 biography of Marie Lloyd, The One and Only. Midge also spoke most eloquently about Marie’s life at our recent commemoration service. Tickets may be booked via Ticketsource and the booking link can be found here.
Our friends at the Max Miller Appreciation Society have made a documentary in partnership with Latest TV, ‘A Home For Max Miller’. This is scheduled to appear on Latest TV’s Freeview Channel 7 and also on Virgin Media Channel 159 on Saturdays in November at 6.00pm and is also going to be scheduled during December and on Christmas Day.
It can also be streamed live at thelatest.co.uk by following the instructions on the panel.
As part of the Society for Theatre Research (STR) lecture series, Tony Liddington will be talking about pierrot troupes on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm.
The pierrot troupes grew from a single idea into a major international cultural industry, which boosted morale and national identity during the UK’s times of crisis. Tony Liddington will draw upon his 2022 book – “Don’t Forget The Pierrots!” The Complete History of British Pierrot Troupes & Concert Parties, which is the first scholarly exploration of this popular performance form and its heritage.
Further details can be found on the STR website here.
The Naughty Nineties Company will be presenting THREE music hall themed shows this Autumn/Winter. Dates and venues as follows:
5 November – Blackfriars Settlement (flyer shown below)
19 November – The Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square
10 December – Blackfriars Settlement
All shows start at 2pm. Door Donation £5.
Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1
The Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1
Join us to celebrate the life of the internationally-renowned actor/comic/impressionist & opera singer, Joan Turner. Actor/Author/Comic/Singer David Benson hosts a deliberately-excessive celebration of La Turner’s ‘best bits’ covering the six decades, during which she developed and shared her unique talent with fans – who, loyally, stayed with her through thick and thin.
Click here for YouTube link to trailer.
Tickets for the 7:30pm performance on Tuesday 1 November 2022 at The Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ are available from Ticketsource here
Our friends at the Derby and Nottingham Music Hall Association are hosting a Zoom talk on Thursday 27th October 2022 at 7.30pm and BMHS members are invited to join the talk.
‘Youth Takes A Bow’ – The legendary 1939 stage show and an in depth tribute to one remarkable lady, Nottingham’s very own MARY NAYLOR – TOB star on Radio & TV, in Revue, & Variety. A Lady Ratling, now living in California where Mary Naylor – Kodell is celebrating her 96th year (and who will be joining the Zoom talk).
Please contact Trevor Lee for the link if you would like to join the Zoom. Email: email@example.com