The Rock Steady Crew

Two of the people who are working hard this week to get the Music Hall ready to re-open in September are Eleanor Jennings and Anthony Friggens.

Pictured above displaying their First Aider badge (Eleanor) and Fire Officer badge (Anthony), they both work tirelessly “behind the scenes” to ensure the smooth-running of the theatre and the shows. An art graduate, Eleanor works alongside Chris Floyd (pictured below) creating the stage sets, props and other artwork for the theatre. She also works backstage during the show co-ordinating props and scene changes and helping with quick costume changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony (pictured above right at rehearsals with Theatre Manager, Zara Kattan and Lighting Designer, Kevin Roach – and below on stage) is in charge of light and sound at the venue, setting up all things technical and working the “lighting box” at the back of the theatre. During the shows, the two are in communication via walkie-talkie to ensure a seamless performance.

 
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Summer Party!

Griffin Community Trust is a unique charity which provides a befriending scheme to the residents of Shaftsbury Lodge, a care home in Poplar. The Trust is run by 23 medical and dental students from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, who all live in the student accommodation next door to Shaftsbury Lodge, in Griffin House.

Earlier in the year, the students brought some of their neighbours from Shaftsbury Lodge to see Babes In The Wood at Brick Lane Music Hall. The students found it a revelation to watch how even those with dementia and memory loss laughed and sang along to the show.  It meant so much to them they asked us to perform at their Annual Summer Garden Party which is held in the grounds of the Lodge, officiated by Lady Westbury, Patron of the Trust.

Pictured above, Brian Walker led the show, with Musical Director, Michael Topping and Music Hall artist, Lowri-Ann Richards. ” The early numbers were greeted with interest, smiles and a little bit of silence from the students”, reported Brian. “But as soon as Daisy, Daisy came along they all got the idea of joining in and Ballin the Jack had the biggest number of dancers that I have ever seen!” As the show got going, “Lowri-Ann pulled out all the stops and captivated everyone, even climbing onto a raised flower bed, much to the delight of the revellers!”

You can read more about Lowri-Ann Richards and the work of the Outreach team on our Out and About pages.

Brick Lane Music Hall Bake Off!

 

We have to take this opportunity to nominate our Head Chef, Salem, as this year’s Star Baker! Ever calm, he and his team produce the tastiest cakes and bakes known to man, managing to make 180 people very happy during our matinee performances. They also turn their hand to hearty lunches and delicious dinners, especially popular in the autumn and winter months. We say five stars every time!!

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There’ll Always Be An England

It’s that time of year again – Brick Lane Music Hall has been busy with its school’s programme. This year, five Newham schools took part in the programme,  Central Park, St Stephen’s, Tollgate, Selwyn and Cleves Primary Schools.

We were asked to produce a show to tie in with the National Curriculum, where Year 6 pupils have been studying World War II. The show was called There’ll Always Be An England, and was performed with great gusto by the Year 6’s, with many enthusiastic solo spots and much flag waving!

Pictured: Pupils from Central Park School. For more pictures see our Out and About pages.

Vintage Brick Lane Music Hall

Brick Lane Music Hall ended its Summer run with a classic Music Hall show. The cast, led by Vincent Hayes MBE bid a fond farewell before the Summer break after another fun-packed show, where Vincent Hayes, Paul James and Andrew Robley were joined by Hayley-Jo Whitney (also pictured below), Ross Tomlinson and Catherine Dennison.

There will be a whole week of Music Hall shows to look forward to in 2016 as part of our special celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will also include a special St George’s Day Show, a Sixties Show and a Best of British show. This Autumn, we return with our ever-popular Cockney Sing-Song, followed by an all new show to keep you cheery as the nights draw in, as we celebrate in our own inimitable style the great British icon that is the London Palladium.

Be sure to look out for our new 12 month listings which we will be sending out to all customers on our database in early September. In the meantime, if you would like any more information, or would like to book up for any of our shows, please give the Box Office a call!

Did someone say “Heatwave”?


Vincent Hayes led the cast keeping cool in the Brick Lane Music Hall summer show, our first Summertime Showcase.

The show reprieved some of the highlights from our annual programme. Beginning with the opening from the Cockney Sing-Song, when all the cast donned pearlies. Pictured below, left to right, Vincent Hayes, Hayley-Jo Whitney, Paul James, Andrew Robley, Catherine Dennison and Ross Tomlinson.

They were soon able to cool down with a section from our Seaside Special, when they were all “Off to Sunny Spain ….”

Pictured above, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Andrew Robley, Hayley-Jo Whitney and Ross Tomlinson. Below, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Paul James and Hayley-Jo Whitney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, the Spanish finale:  Vincent Hayes, with left to right, Paul James,  Catherine Dennison, Andrew Robley, Hayley-Jo Whitney and Ross Tomlinson.

The audience were also treated to highlights from the St Patrick’s Show, with Irish songs and dancing performed by Ross Tomlinson, below.

Andrew Robley sang and “The Old Ladies” (Agnes and Ruth aka Paul James and Vincent Hayes) performed their sketch from The Fifties Show.

Finally the entire cast performed our spectacular patriotic finale from the St George’s Day Show.

The Summertime starts here!


Yes, it’s official. British Summertime starts on June 26th, with the Brick Lane Music Hall Summertime Showcase. Above, the cast at rehearsals: left to right Paul James, Ross Tomlinson, Catherine Dennison, Vincent Hayes, Hayley-Jo Whitney and Andrew Robley.

 

Pictured, far left, Vincent Hayes with Musical Director, Kate Young. Left, Andrew Robley with Ross Tomlinson. Below, Theatre Manager, Zara Kattan, with Lighting Designer Kevin Roach and Brick Lane Music Hall Light and Sound Engineer, Anthony Friggens. Below, left, Catherine Dennison with Laura Hayward who is choreographing the show.

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The Brick Lane Music Hall Summertime Showcase runs until July 8th and is a chance to see some of the highlights from our annual programme of shows before we close for our Summer break.

Making a difference

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Graham Smith has been bringing groups to Brick Lane Music Hall for many years. It all started when he was running his sweetshop in Maldon High Street. He gave customers the opportunity to join him on his regular trips to the theatre and the outings were so popular that they continued, even after Graham sold the shop a few years ago.

A few of the people that regularly join him would not be able to get out otherwise, but Graham ensures that they are so well taken care of that they come several times a year. Word of Graham’s hard work has reached Maldon Town Hall, where he has been singled out for a special award for services to the community. Presenting the award, the Mayor said, “Without his dedication, lots of local people would not have the quality of life that they do. He is a real champion of community spirit and a worthy winner of this year’s Services to the Community Award.”

Pictured above on his latest visit to Brick Lane Music Hall in characteristically cheery mood, we would also like to thank Graham, and all the group leaders who we know work so hard to get people together to bring them along to our shows. We know what a difference it makes and we are always happy to support people with mobility or access difficulties, special dietary requirements, etc.

Brick Lane Music Hall – 2015 TripAdvisor Winners

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Congratulations to all concerned – Brick Lane Music Hall are winners of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, for “consistently great reviews”. This is 100% down to the hard work of all the staff and artists who go to make Brick Lane Music Hall such a unique and special venue.

Thank you also to all our customers who enjoy their visit and take the time to let others know about us. These are some of the comments from the first few days of our Fifties Show:

“An absolutely fantastic first time visit”

“What a brilliant show as usual, with a lovely three course meal, organised so well – and served hot –  by helpful, lovely people”

“I was mesmerised”

“Laugh, eat, drink and be happy”

“The songs were fantastic and the comedy very good”

“Brilliant show, excellent three course lunch. Fantastic atmosphere”

“Lovely show”

“Laughter is the best medicine”

If you do enjoy your visit to Brick Lane Music Hall, please remember to come back soon! We are booking now right through to 2017, with a great variety of shows, so there is always something for everyone to try.

We couldn’t do it without you!

The King is coming to Silvertown!

As far as anyone can be sure, the closest Elvis Presley ever got to Silvertown was Prestwich. His plane briefly touched down there to refuel in 1960, on his way home from armed service in Germany. He seemed as surprised as anyone when scores of crazed locals came flocking to the airport swooning and falling at his feet, all eager to catch a glimpse of their beloved Elvis – the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

But in 2015, the year that Elvis would have been 80 years old, we can announce that the King is coming to Silvertown!

Feel free to scream and swoon – when Vincent Hayes appears as Elvis, in The Fifties Show, Brick Lane Music Hall, May 30th – June 13th 2015.

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