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BMHS Music Hall & Variety Quiz Night

Fancy testing your Music Hall & Variety knowledge?
Well join Vice Chairman Dean Caston for a fun evening with our Zoom Music Hall & Variety Quiz Night on Wednesday 5th August at 7.30pm 
This event is free to all members of the Society and full details are on page 36 of the Summer edition of The Call Boy.

Day By The Sea

We have just heard from the management at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne that this year’s Day By The Sea, which we rescheduled for Saturday 3rd October, has sadly been cancelled. In fact the theatre has cancelled all their shows for the rest of the year and do not plan to open until 2021.
We do however, plan to be back at the Hippodrome next year on Saturday 5th June 2021 and so all tickets booked for this year’s show  will be automatically  transferred to next June’s event.
All those members who have booked for this year’s show should receive an email from Ticket Source giving information about the transfer and also information about refunds if needed.
It is so disappointing for us to have to cancel this very popular event but we do hope you will be happy to transfer your tickets to next June when we can hopefully all get together for a day of song and laughter by the sea!

Max Bygraves and The Beverley Sisters on Talking Pictures Sunday 19th July


Max Bygraves and The Beverley Sisters are two of the acts featured in Harmony Lane, a musical featurette from 1954 directed by Lewis Gilbert that will be shown on Talking Pictures on Sunday 19th July at 8.30pm.

The Marvellous Craggs Talk on 16th July

Because of the current situation we are unable to hold our monthly In the Limelight
 evenings. So, on Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm we are having a fascinating talk you can watch on Zoom.
Charlie Holland will give a presentation on The Early Days Of The Marvellous Craggs, complete with early film footage & posters depicting the fascinating life of these Victorian Music Hall and Circus performers.
FREE to all members of the society with details on page 36 of the Summer Call Boy Magazine.

The Nance starring Nathan Lane on YouTube


The Nance, by Douglas Carter Beane, is a play with music set in the world of burlesque in the 1930s. The play premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in 2013 and stars Nathan Lane as Chanucey Miles, a gay burlesque comic.

To watch the production click on the link below:

Jigsy with Les Dennis on YouTube


In 2012,at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, Les Dennis appeared in a one-man play, Jigsy, by Tony Staveacre, about a variety comedian struggling for survival in a changing world. Th play is based on the Liverpool comic Jackie Hamilton.  Les and the play received rave reviews with the Liverpool Echo calling it ‘a thoroughly compelling performance’ .

In May 2020, Les recorded it for people to view during lockdown. To watch this play click on the link below:

Roy Hudd and Christopher Green on Radio 4 on 19th June


Originally broadcast in 2018, BBC Radio 4 is repeating How Success Ruined Me – a comic conversation about the music hall star Fred Barnes –  starring Roy Hudd and Christopher Green, with John Orchard at the piano, on Friday 19th June at 2.15pm

Day By The Sea 2020

Today we should have been at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne for the British Music Hall Society’s 6th Day By The Sea. Every year we have had wonderful sunny weather so it seems only right that it should be miserable today when the event has been postponed! We have rescheduled the event to Saturday 3rd October 2020 and just hope that theatres will be open by then.

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A Repeat of Victoria Wood’s Desert Island Discs on 7th June on Radio4 Extra


A repeat of Victoria Wood’s appearance on Desert Island Discs in 2007 will be broadcast as part of Radio4 Extra’s series, Desert Island Discs Revisited on Sunday 7th June at 1pm.  Victoria will be heard talking to Kirsty Young.

A Repeat of Ken Dodd’s Desert Island Discs on 7th June on Radio4 Extra


A repeat of Ken Dodd’s appearance on Desert Island Discs in 1990 will be broadcast as part of Radio4 Extra’s series, Desert Island Discs Revisited on Sunday 7th June at 3.15pm. Ken will be heard talking to Sue Lawley.

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