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‘Eve of the Eve’ Party hosted by The Players’ Theatre Club, Friday 30th December 2022

Don’t Forget the Pierrots: Seaside Follies on the Prom – free talk on Tuesday 13th December

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.

Joan Turner, ‘The voice of an angel, the wit of the devil’ on Tuesday 1st November 2022

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

Joan Turner/BMHS Archive

Have a Banana! Music Hall in Nottingham 22 Oct, Ely 16 Nov and London 27 Nov

Singer-storyteller Matthew Crampton (and BMHs member) has a new show called Have a Banana! It’s a fun evening which asks the big questions: Why are some old songs, especially music hall classics, still potent today? Why do humans crave singalong? And what is it about bananas? 

But mostly it’s a show of bad jokes and lots of singalong. Come sing chorus medleys from the music hall, gospel and World War One. Enjoy in full some classics such as The Man on the Flying Trapeze and With Her ‘Ead Tucked Underneath Her Arm plus little-known treats such as Strolling Down the Strand

Woven through the singalong are fascinating facts. Back in 1910, for example, there were three million pianos in Britain, one for every 15 people, so Saturday night saw singing down every street. Plus big questions: How do you create a comic song? Is syncopation the enemy of singalong?

NOTTINGHAM, Poppy & Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG5 5DX

Sat 22 October, 7.30pm Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552737

ELY FOLK CLUB, Arkenstall Village Centre, 7 Station Road, Haddenham, CB6 3XD

Wed 16 November 7.30pm. Tickets http://www.elyfolkclub.co.uk/

LONDON WATER RATS, 328 Gray’s Inn Road, Kings Cross WC1X 8BZ

Sun 27 November, 7.30pm Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/556045/

Lots more information about Matthew at https://matthewcrampton.com/

‘Youth Takes A Bow’ – Zoom talk, 27th October 2022

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: trevorlee572@gmail.com

Image: Mary Naylor c/o Trevor Lee

Hoxton Hall – Free Open Days 28th & 29th October 2022

Visit the beautiful Hoxton Hall for tours, talks and performances at their forthcoming open days. See the flyer below for details or check Hoxton Hall’s website here

Marie Lloyd commemoration: Friday 7th October 2022

“If you fancy it …”

The British Music Hall Society will be commemorating and celebrating the life of Marie Lloyd, Queen of Comedy on 7th October 2022, 100 years to the day since she took her final curtain and in the same church where her funeral was held.

Marie Lloyd was a titan of the Victorian Music Hall and at one point was paid more than any other performer in the country. Originally from Hoxton, she never forgot her roots and was extremely generous to those less fortunate than herself.

So popular was she that when she died almost 100,000 people from all walks of life lined the streets to bid her farewell; it was believed that it was the biggest funeral London had seen since the death of Wellington.

The memorial service will involve participants from the worlds of showbusiness and academia who have one thing in common – a love and respect for the greatest Music Hall star of her generation. Some of Ms Lloyd’s descendants will also be in attendance. Parts of the original funeral service will be augmented (of course) with a few music hall songs.

Date:  Friday 7th October
Time:  2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue:  St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead NW3 7SU

For further information: contact@britishmusichallsociety.com 

Miss Marie Lloyd/British Music Hall Society Archive

Notes to editors: 

  • The British Music Hall Society, a registered charity, was founded in 1963 to remember and celebrate Music Hall & Variety. The Society presents events, shows, talks, publishes the quarterly journal The Call Boy and has an extensive archive. 
  • The British Music Hall Society Twitter handle is: @musichallsoc 
  • Facebook – British Music Hall Society
  • The British Music Hall Society’s website can be found at www.britishmusichallsociety.com 

Lissenden Players – October Music Hall Show

This month’s Music Hall Show by the Lissenden Players at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute
in Pond Square, Highgate is on WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19th 2022. Doors open 7.30 pm for 8 pm start. Admission £8 at the door.

In the cast: Sue Yager, Pamela Mundy, Syd Maddicott and Racker Donnelly with Paul Kenealy in the Chair and Derek Marcus at the piano.

More details about the Lissenden Players here

The Story of Holborn and it’s Music Halls in 10 Songs

Between 1860 and 1940 Holborn was at the heart of the London’s music scene. The Holborn Empire was amongst the most popular theatres in the city and its stars were household names. Join the Good Companions for a musical romp through Holborn’s colourful and dramatic history, with rousing, singalong performances of the era’s classic songs.

This is part of the Bloomsbury Festival and is not a BMHS event but organised by The Good Companions.

Tickets: £12 (£10) Book online: https://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/events/the-story-of-holborn-and-its-music-halls-in-10-songs/

Saturday 15th October, 8pm

Sunday 16th October, 3pm

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT View map

Europe’s National Theatres: an illustrated talk by Mike Sell of the Frank Matcham Society

Our friends at the Frank Matcham Society are holding this event (as part of European Historic Theatres Day) on Tuesday 25th October 2022 at 2.30pm at the V&A. Tickets can be booked via Ticketsource here

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