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In The Limelight July Meeting







The BMHS In The Limelight meeting for July will take place on Thursday 6th July at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP. The subject is the British Music Hall Society ‘Top 10’ Songs, as chosen by the members. Carol Anne Wells will be at the piano so come along for a good old sing-song because, ‘it’s chiefly yourselves’. Curtain up at 7.45pm.

There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of meetings are greatly appreciated.

Tino Valdi Receives The BMHS Lifetime Achievement Award

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(Photographer: Igor Polataiko)

Singer Tino Valdi celebrated his 88th birthday with a celebration of his life and career at the Ukranian Cathedral in London on Sunday 25th June. The BMHS President Roy Hudd was a special guest and spoke at the celebrations before presenting Tino with the BMHS Lifetime Achievement Award and a framed poster of a variety bill at Finsbury Park Empire starring Max Miller. Also on that bill were Tino and a very young Roy Hudd, then in a double act, Hudd and Kay.

Also in the photographs is Eugene Nykolyszyn who gave a presentation on Tino’s life and career and who has also written an article on Tino, which appeared in The Call Boy (Spring 2016).

Talk on Frank Matcham in Nottingham




This FREE event will take place on the Theatre Royal Dress Circle foyer at 1pm.  Doors and bar will be open from 12.15pm

Rupert Rhymes OBE, former Chair of the Society of West End Theatres and the Theatres Trust, will present this fascinating and informative talk about the life and career of this country’s most eminent theatre architect Frank Matcham.

Immediately following this talk the theatre will be hosting a memory afternoon where you will be able to see items from the Theatre Royal’s archive, as well as an opportunity to share your memories and donate items as part of the ongoing Our Theatre Royal Nottingham heritage work.


Pics From This Year’s Day By The Sea

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Helen Shapiro at the British Music Hall Society’s Day By The Sea at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne on Saturday 3rd June. (Photo: John McKenzie)

A selection of photographs from this year’s Day By The Sea can now be seen on the BMHS website. Just click below:

Maxie’s Big One on 28th June


The last of 3 matinees on Brighton Palace Pier  takes place next Wednesday 28th June –  this one has free entertainment throughout the day from 10am, including Magic, The Max Boys, Max unveiled! and at 2.30pm a special show in Horatio’s Bar, Christopher Green as Ida Barr plus Encore Duo sing-a-long support.   Admission £10 on the door, all show proceeds to the Mayor’s local charities.    It’s going to be a fun day!


The Good Old Days on Friday 30th June


After a couple of weeks break, BBC 4 is screening another edition of The Good Old Days on Friday 30th June at 8pm. The show, originally screened on 1st March 1979, stars John Inman, Rita Morris, The Balladiers, John Wade, Julie Royce, Raymond Bowers, Duo Barodies and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is the Chairman.

BMHS Show at CAA Next Tuesday

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(Adam Borzone at Day By The Sea on 3rd June at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne)

On Tuesday 20th June at 7.30pm, the British Music Hall Society will present Saucy Salmagundi: an evening of great songs from both the East End and West End of London. BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone will be your host for the evening and he promises an array of talented artistes.

The show will take place at the Club For Acts & Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP. Doors will open at 7pm. Voluntary donations towards the cost of the shows are greatly appreciated.

Hylda Baker Play on Radio 4


On BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 15th June at 2.15pm there will be a play about comedienne Hylda Baker. Called Our Hylda by Martyn Hesford it stars Alison Steadman as Hylda Baker and Justin Moorhouse as Jimmy Jewel.

The Good Old Days on 9th June


BBC4 is repeating an episode of the Good Old Days from 22nd February 1979 at 8pm on Friday 9th June. Starring Bernard Cribbins, Barry Cryer, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Penny Lane, Larry Parker, Teddy Peiro & Patricio and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is in the Chair.

Mary Ward Players present Hits From the Blitz on 24th June


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