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Talk on Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney at March’s In The Limelight meeting

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Alison Child will be giving a talk on the performers Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney at the March meeting of In The Limelight at the Water Rats pub, 328, Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ on Thursday 19th March at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be booked in advance from Ticketsource:


Day By The Sea – The YouTube Advert

If you wondered what the mysterious ‘Exclusive’ notice on Stage Door Johnny on Friday referred to – wonder no more. Here earlier than advertised is this year’s YouTube advert for the Society’s big summer event in Eastbourne – Day By The Sea.

General booking opens tomorrow morning.





The Max Wall Society – Free Event on 24th March 2020


The Max Wall Society has organised a special free event on Tuesday 24th March:

The Hippodrome Story

Presented by the Chief Executive  Officer of the Hippodrome, Leicester Square and Rosalyn Wilder, P.A. for 20 years at the Talk Of The Town  (Hippodrome).  Rosalyn  was also the ‘minder’ for Judy Garland in the 1968 five week season .

This talk will take place at Lola’s Room, The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street,London, WC2H 7JH at 2.30pm. (Doors open at 2pm).

There is no charge for this event but seats must be reserved with all names by emailing:

Marie Lloyd Queen Of The Halls – Free Lecture at the V&A Museum on 4th March


On the 150th anniversary of her birth, and to celebrate International Women’s Day, Alison Young and Christine Padwick from the British Music Hall Society look at the life and career of the first female celebrity of popular entertainment. Irreverent, generous, bold and mischievous she exemplified the gusto of the Music Hall, the one place in Victorian England where a woman could be in control. She spanned the peak years of this unique form of entertainment from her first appearance at the age of 15 until her death in 1922. Loved by her audiences she counted Edward VII, George Bernard Shaw and T. S. Eliot among her fans. In contrast her private life was often unhappy; married three times, she suffered humiliation and domestic abuse. Something passed out of the Music Hall when she died; it was dying itself, but her songs linger on with The Boy in the Gallery, Don’t Dilly Dally, A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good and Oh Mr Porter.

The lecture will take place in The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A Museum from 1pm – 1.45pm. Free Entry.


The Lissenden Players March Music Hall on Wednesday 18th March

The Lissenden Players will be staging an evening of music hall
on Wednesday March 18th at The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution,
11 South Grove,Pond Square. Highgate, London N6 6BS
Doors open 7.30 for 8 pm.    Admission £8 at the door.
Performing that evening will be:
Louisa Bayman,  Cathy Joyner, Orla Roberts and Martin Nail
with Paul Kenealy in the Chair
and Derek Marcus at the piano.
Bring your friends along for an entertaining evening.

Bernie Clifton on ‘Meet the Richardsons’ on Thursday 27th February

Bernie Clifton

Bernie Clifton, one of the stars appearing in the Society’s Day By The Sea  at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne on Saturday 6th June 2020, will be seen on Meet The Richardsons (starring Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont) on Thursday 27th February on the TV channel Dave at 10pm.

Lorna Dallas To Receive Cabaret Award


Lorna Dallas

Lorna Dallas, one of the stars appearing in the BMHS’s Day By The Sea on Saturday 6th June 2020 at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne,will be honoured at the New York Bistro Awards on Monday March 9th.  Her award is for ‘Consummate Cabaret Artistry’.

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Day By The Sea on June 6th 2020

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Tickets on sale at present for British Music Hall Society members only.

General booking opens on Monday March 9th

Thora Hird Statue Planned for Morecambe


Morecambe Heritage Centre are hoping to erect a statue of Thora Hird in the resort. To find out more click on the link below:

and you can hear about their plans by clicking on this video link:

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