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For forthcoming tour dates including a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, please click below:


An Audience With Tino Valdi


Singer Tino Valdi’s story was told in the Spring 2016 issue of The Call Boy.  Tino appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall. He toured for 36 weeks with Bruce Forsyth in variety  and was one of the singers (Kathy Kirby was another member of the team)  to represent the UK in the 1961 Song Festival in Belgium. Eugene Nykolyszyn will be telling Tino’s story at the Ukrainian Cathedral hall on Sunday 25th June at 3pm.

The Good Old Days on 19th May


Originally screened in January 1979, the edition of The Good Old Days  to be repeated on BBC4 on Friday 19th May at 8pm will star Norman Vaughan, Vernon & Maryetta Midgeley, Pat Mooney, Keith Harris, Benny Garcia, Rose Michelle Tchenguiz and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs is in the Chair.

Mary Ward Centre Players Music Hall

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The Good Old Days on 12th May


BBC4 will screen a repeat of The Good Old Days from 1979 on Friday 12th May at 8pm. Frankie Vaughan tops a bill that also includes Barbara Law, Lennie Bennett & Jerry Stevens, Ray C. Davis &Tudor Davies, Les Thuranos and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs is in the Chair.

Roy Hudd Joins The Line Up For Day By The Sea

Our President Roy Hudd, together with wife Debbie, have been added to the line up for Day By The Sea at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne on Saturday 3rd June.

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Please click below for the Royal Hippodrome’s website:


Ann Montini At BMHS’s Monthly Meeting on May 11th


The Club For Acts and Actors can be found at 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP. There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of meetings are greatly appreciated. All welcome.

New To The BMHS Website

The BMHS Website now has details of all the Society’s monthly meetings taking place at the Club For Acts and Actors in Covent Garden from now until June 2018. Just click below:

Booking forms for two special events are also available to download on the website:

Our Summer Tea with June Whitfield and Jan Hunt will take place on Sunday 6th August and our Tribute Lunch to Ken Dodd with Celebrity Speakers and ‘Doddy’ himself will be held on Thursday 26th October.

Further details and booking forms can be found by clicking below:

Two Special Events Organised By The BMHS


Coming Events

Booking forms for both these events can be downloaded from the EVENTS page of the BMHS website. Just click below:

Check Out The Davenports New Website

The Davenport Collection website is a growing resource on magic and entertainment history . Check it out at

The Davenports have been accumulating magic, puzzles, jokes, novelties and relatedephemera ever since Lewis Davenport founded his magic business in 1898. It was not until the 1980s that a start was made on assessing the breadth and depth of what the family owned. The latest venture in making this material accessible is the Davenport Collection website, curated by John Davenport. Phase 1 is now up and running, and includes 300 posters which are searchable for acts, dates, theatres and towns.

Another section of the website makes available specialist talks which, once given, are oftenlost. Already we have seven talks in PDF format:
➢ Roy Field The first of 80 British Ring conventions, Cheltenham 1931
➢ Paul Freeman Noms de Theatre – stage names for magicians
➢ Anne Goulden Wyn Davenport’s autograph albums
➢ Anne Goulden Intermittently on the halls
➢ Peter Lane Magicians’ programmes
➢ David Price Booksellers, collectors and rogues
➢ Fergus Roy Will Goldston – the man and the legend.


The second phase of the website will go live later in 2017.

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