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Hackney Empire launched their Walk Of Fame on Thursday 25th May when three plaques were unveiled A plaque to the theatre architect Frank Matcham was unveiled by Mark Fox, Chairman of the Frank Matcham Society; a plaque to theatre owner and philanthropist Sir Oswald Stoll was unveiled by members of the Stoll family and the Stoll Foundation and a plaque to ‘national treasure’ Dame Barbara Windsor was unveiled by, who else, but Dame Barbara herself. The theatre plans to unveil more plaques in the future.
BBC4 will be repeating an edition of The Good Old Days from February 1979 on Friday 2nd June at 8pm. In the cast will be Roy Castle, David Kernan, Alan Randall, June Marlow, Deryk Parkin, James Tyler, Solivino and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs is in the Chair.
Hackney Empire will be unveiling its Walk Of Fame on Thursday 25th May at 3pm with plaques dedicated to Frank Matcham, Oswald Stoll and Barbara Windsor.
Hackney Empire’s address is 291, Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1EJ
BMHS member Brian Dazley has created this YouTube video advert for our Day By The Sea event at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne on Saturday 3rd June. To watch the ad just click on the arrow in the picture below:
ONE DAY AT THE SEASIDE IS FUN!!!….THREE DAYS AT THE SEASIDE IN BRIGHTON IS…..A SUMMER HOLIDAY!!!
And that is what the lively Max Miller Appreciation Society is offering on three consecutive Wednesdays in June on the city’s famous Palace Pier. A way to celebrate the Cheeky Chappie’s life in Brighton and on the variety stage.
June 14th, Victoria’s Bar: Radio 2 broadcaster, John Henty recalls the amazing night he presented Spike Milligan performing stand-up comedy on the pier. Hear the actual broadcast and enjoy more of Spike’s surreal humour on record plus live music.
June 21st, Victoria’s Bar: ‘They Appeared On The Pier’ – Gerry Oxley’s potted peek at the history of the Palace Pier theatre and the performers and personalities who entertained there. Vintage clips of Sandy Powell, Elsie and Doris Waters and other variety veterans who shared the bill.
June 28th: An all day celebration of Max in words and music from 10.00am. Max look-a-likes, a mystery unveiling, mile-high magic plus fish and chips lunch and afternoon show starring Christopher Green as Ida Barr plus support.
Afternoon presentations in aid of local charities open to everyone, 2.30pm, £5 on the door, £10 on 28th. One ticket for all three day events costs £20, available fromwww.maxmiller.org click on the ‘MMAS News’ page – this will include a voucher for fish and chips at the special Max price of £5 only on June 28th.
Watch the video advert by clicking below:
Only just over 3 weeks to go before the British Music Hall Society’s big summer event in Eastbourne. If you haven’t got your tickets – book now as there are only a few seats left and you wouldn’t want to miss all the fun, would you?
Here are just a few comments from members of the audience who attended Day By The Sea in 2015 and 2016:
It was a fantastic day. Couldn’t have been bettered. I haven’t sung so much for ages. I’m still a bit hoarse!”
“Thank you to so many talented people who kept us entertained all day and to all the organisers who made it such a memorable and enjoyable time.”
“What a fantastic event!”
“Many thanks for another brilliant Day By The Sea.”
“The question on everyone’s lips is …will there be another Day By The Sea next year? I for one bloomin’ well hope so!”
Jean Bayless, who played ‘Maria’ in the original London production of The Sound Of Music will be interviewed on stage about her career and her connections with Ivor Novello’s music as part of a gala afternoon’s celebration of the Welsh composer’s music that is taking place on Saturday 13th May at 3pm at the Desborough Theatre in Maidenhead. Also taking part will be singers Marilyn Hill Smith, Philip Day, Sandra Watkins and Phil Lee-Thomas. There will also be a tribute to the actor Anthony Valentine by his widow, actress Susan Skipper. Anthony and Susan met when they were both involved in an ITV production of the Novello musical The Dancing Years. Anthony played the Novello role of ‘Rudi’, while Susan played the juvenile lead ‘Grete’. Another link is that the leading actress’s singing voice in that production was dubbed by Marilyn Hill Smith who will be singing in the concert. Clips from that ITV presentation will be shown at the concert together with newly discovered film footage of Novello’s friends paying tribute to the composer.