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Steve Hewlett Selling Re-Educating Archie DVD In Memory of Comedian Dave Evans


Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett is offering DVD copies of his stage show Re-Educating Archie: The Archie Andrews Variety Show to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his friend the comedian Dave Evans, who died recently.  Dave, father of comedian Lee Evans, was also a fine performer in his own right and took part in Steve’s show featuring the dummy Archie Andrews a few years ago at the Underground Theatre in Eastbourne. The DVD of the show is a 2 hour variety special featuring the famous Archie Andrews dummy and the evening includes a recreation of an episode of the radio series Educating Archie  live on stage. Dave plays Harry Secombe and Max Bygraves and other artistes appearing include Helen Ward Jackson as Hattie Jacques and David Conway as harmonica player Ronald Chesney. Steve Barclay appears as Max Miller and Grimble and there is a special guest appearance by Andrew Van Buren and Allyson.

The DVD costs £12 (including p&p) and to buy a copy, simply email Steve at

All proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Dave.


Dave Evans and his son Lee

London Palladium Tours in August and September

1950s Variety Programme Cover

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Players’ Music Hall Company’s September show at Charing Cross Theatre

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The Players’ Music Hall Company

would like to offer discounted members price tickets to
The British Music Hall Society Members for their next production:-
The booking line is 08444 930 650, or please visit
for the web page.
Please quote Members to get the discount (this is to receive £20 tickets, instead of £25)

Music Hall Show Is Part Of Gatti’s 202nd Birthday Celebrations at the London Canal Museum


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The Players’ Music Hall Company will be presenting an evening of music hall on Saturday 27th July at the London Canal Museum to mark the 202nd birthday of Carlo Gatti. To book tickets go to the Museum’s website by clicking below:

The Museum is staging a whole weekend of Gatti celebrations. Again, further information can be found by clicking below:

Those Were The Days at Leiston and Coventry in October

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Recent Additions to the Website


Photos from the Society’s Day By The Sea which took place at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne on Saturday 1st June can now be viewed on the website. Just click below:


There are also photos from the Society’s tribute evening on  Tuesday June 25th to Danny La Rue. These can be viewed by clicking below and scrolling down the page:

Spirit Of The Blitz Show at Hornchurch


Lissenden Players July Music Hall

The next Lissenden Players Music Hall is at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, Pond Square, London N6 6BS on Wednesday 17th July.
Doors open 7.30 for an 8 pm start.
In the cast will be Roz Nelson, Sue Yager, Racker Donelly and  Tommy
Parsons, and introducing special guest performer Tony McNamara with a little bit of Magic! Mike Francis will be in the Chair and Derek Marcus at the piano.
Admission £8 on door.

Simon Bashford’s One-Man Show at Redhill on October 19th


To book tickets ring the theatre on 01737 276500 or go the Harlequin’s website:

Blackpool’s Proposed Museum receives £4 million from National Lottery Heritage Fund


Blackpool Council has today been allocated £4 Million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of the Blackpool Museum Project.

This is this final piece in a £13 million funding jigsaw that will see the project become a reality.

The Blackpool Museum Project will celebrate Blackpool as the UK’s most popular seaside destination and its role in the development of British popular culture. Located in the Sands Building on the Promenade, it will be a hybrid between museum and visitor attraction, capturing the spirit of this amazing town.

Visitors will be able to discover more about Blackpool’s links with dance, comedy, live variety, illumination, circus and sideshows. Get up close with the entertainers who put Blackpool on the map – the comedians, dancers, acrobats, performers and larger-than-life characters who turned a seaside resort into the world capital of show business.

The £13 million Project had already secured more than £7 Million external funding.

The year-round visitor attraction will be a fully-immersive, family-friendly experience, filled with memorabilia, film, music and live performance, and giving visitors an opportunity to look behind the scenes as what it took to make Blackpool special.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said:

“This is fantastic news, it’s the final piece in the jigsaw and now our dreams can become a reality.

“It has been six years since I first sat down with council officers and discussed the concept of a museum celebrating Blackpool’s rich heritage and its unique place in the nation’s heart.

“We did not want to just create a display of Blackpool’s history, we aspired to do something completely unique that you would only experience here.

“Thanks to the effort and expertise of our volunteers and supporters and the commitment of hard-working council officers we finally have an amazing concept that is financially viable.

“The official launch of our plans will follow in the autumn.”

In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, and private owners, it will display, collect, research and celebrate collections related to popular entertainment.

The museum is expected to open in 2021.

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