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Max Miller Appreciation Society are crowdfunding for a film on Max Miller

The Max Miller Appreciation Society (MMAS) are a busy and thriving Society dedicated to the memory of Brighton-born comedian Max Miller. They have raised money in the past to erect a statue to Max, which now stands proudly in the Pavilion Gardens, but funds are now running low.

They have an opportunity to curate an interesting and informative film in partnership with LATEST BRIGHTON TV celebrating the many connections between the City of Brighton, the Variety Theatre and Max Miller. They have a great deal of archive material which has rarely been seen and which they believe deserves a wider audience.

This is your opportunity to help bring Max Miller to a wider audience.

Free membership of MMAS for one year and 4 copies of our quarterly magazine There’ll Never Be Another for all contributions over £50.

IF the project does not go ahead, all contributions will be returned.

To contribute please click on the link below:

Crowdfunding to Make a new film about Brighton comedian Max Miller on JustGiving

BMHS Blue Plaque To Ronnie Ronalde To Be Unveiled By Actor Jim Carter

The British Music Hall Society is delighted to announce that on Tuesday 17th August at 3pm a blue plaque commemorating Ronnie Ronalde (1923-2015) entertainer and siffleur, is to be unveiled at 126, Downham Road, Islington, N1 3HJ. We are also delighted that Jim Carter OBE has agreed to be our unveiler. As Mr. Marlow in The Singing Detective Jim mimed to Ronnie’s recording of Bird Song At Eventide which then featured on the best-selling soundtrack. Jim is probably best known as Mr. Carson, the butler in Downton Abbey. Rosemarie, Ronnie’s widow, is thrilled that at last the plaque can be mounted on the house where, in 1923, Ronnie was born.

JIM CARTER

Although national restrictions have lifted and this is an outdoor event, your safety and that of all our visitors is our priority. We do, along with the government, advise that you remain aware of social distancing, continue to wear face masks when in crowded public spaces and ask you to be respectful of others. Hand sanitizer will be available and masks will be provided should you require one.

Simon Bashford In Concert at Redhill’s Harlequin Theatre on 10th October

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Using songs of the era Marie Lloyd Stole My Life takes the audience back to the mid-19th century to view the social history of the period through the eyes of one woman who just happened to be a star of popular entertainment, Nelly Power. Expect tales of female emancipation, divorce laws, and the great inequalities and double standards of life in Victorian England, all viewed through the subversive lens of Music Hall. Marie Lloyd Stole My Life is performed by Lottie Walker, with piano and musical direction by James Hall. The play written by JJ Leppink with original direction by Edz Barrett.

The show can be seen at The Water Rats on 8 August and The Museum of Comedy on 13 and 21 August 2021. To book click on the link below:

https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/…/marie-lloyd-stole-my…/

Sunday Night Live With Duality at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne this summer

Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne’s Summer Show 2021

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne is staging its summer show every Wednesday evening from 21st July to 27th October at 8.15pm. There’s No Business Like Show Business will star Grant Martins and tickets can be booked via the Hippodrome’s website: http://www.royalhippodrome.com or by phone: 01323 802020.

Call Boy Summer Edition Out This Week

The Summer Edition of The Call Boy will be posted out to BMHS members this week.

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:

https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873584398

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

Drama

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.

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