Vincent for Mayor, by George!

The founder of Brick Lane Music Hall and regular host of our shows, Vincent Hayes MBE, has appeared on ITV News giving his manifesto as the people’s alternative candidate for Mayor of London. So popular were his comments that he has been receiving letters of support from customers. Pictured below, a group of regulars at the St George’s Day Show wearing Vincent rosettes and sporting “Vote for Vincent” flags!


Our impressive St George’s Day Show 2016 line-up below: left to right, Ben Hutt, Hettie Hobbs, Bill Byrne, Catherine Dennison, Vincent Hayes, Hannah Hawkins, Alec White, Andrew Robley and Paul James.

The St George’s Day Show runs until May 6th.
You can view Vincent’s piece on ITV News via this link

https://youtu.be/tAVnYfTtuzY

A Season of Celebrations

This week sees the start of our season of special shows to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. In Britain and around the commonwealth, the Queen’s birthday is commemorated in holidays and celebrations from April to October. We begin with our patriotic St George’s Day Show which opens this week. Our season includes a Sixties Show, with special guest artist Anita Harris, and our fun review show, the Brick Lane Music Hall Summertime Showcase. We end the season with a right Royal knees-up, our Cockney Sing-Song in September, followed by The Best of British, celebrating the British talent that has led the world in the field of entertainment during the Queen’s reign.

A Week of Music Hall

Our special Week of Music Hall, from April 12th – 16th, celebrates the very best in British Music Hall. The talented line-up will be led by our own, our very own, the inimitable, Mr Vincent Hayes MBE.

Vincent will be joined by the show-stopping, super-sophisticated, inspiring Soprano, Miss Hettie Hobbs.

Also on the bill, the Music Hall legend himself, Mr Peter John (more below), who promises to delight with some of his classic routines.

Also appearing in our lively line-up will be the ever-amazing, ever-effervescent, enthusiastic and endearing, Miss Catherine Dennison.

And the impressive ensemble will be completed by the one and the only, the global singing sensation that is Mr Andrew Robley.

Back to our roots

Our next show will be a Week of Music Hall, with Vincent Hayes, Andrew Robley, Catherine Dennison, Hettie Hobbs and special guest artist, the Music Hall legend, Peter John.

A man of many talents, Peter John regularly appears in Music Hall and pantomime all over the country, one of the few artists to be recognised by the British Music Hall Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Our special Week of Music Hall runs from April 12th, with matinees and lunch shows, culminating in a special evening show on Saturday, April 16th. Hope to see you there!

Honoured guest

Vincent Hayes was guest of honour at the annual dinner for the Worshipful Company of Firefighters at the prestigious Armoury Hall in the City of London.

Don’t miss the party!

Vincent Hayes led the Irish Music Hall show which opened today to a standing ovation from the lively audience. Pictured above, left to right, Vincent Hayes, Bill Byrne, Ross Tomlinson, Hettie Hobbs, Catherine Dennison, Lucy Reed, Andrew Robley and Paul James.

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And introducing Tom Carradine, who accompanied Musical Director, Kate Young, on keyboard and Percussionist Andy Pook.

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The Irish Music Hall show plays until March 18th. We hope you can make it!

So That’s All Folks!

The cast of Jack and his Giant Stalk waved a fond farewell on Saturday night to a lively crowd, including Brick Lane Music Hall friends and supporters Jess Conrad, who came with his wife Rennee, and Roy and Debbie Hudd, pictured below with Vincent Hayes.

Led by Vincent Hayes, the cast had as much fun as the audience – pictured below, Vincent (aka Silly Billy) with Andrew Robley, making his first ever appearance as Dame, and Chris Draper, who played Muddles.

Lottie Johnson played a starring role as Jack alongside Lucy Reed, making her Brick Lane Music Hall debut as Jill.

Nigel Ellacott was magnificent as the maleficent Poison Ivy. Pictured below, Nigel with the Evil Demons, Tommy Knapp, Sam Sadler and Catherine Dennison who kept the action going with her upbeat choreography.

Ensuring there would be a happy-ever-after, was Hettie Hobbs, who made a mellifluous Brick Lane Music Hall pantomime debut as Fairy Good.

Adding more musicality was Rusty Goffe who bravely took on the role of our cut-price reduced-sized evil Giant. He managed to give us a tune before being soundly defeated and banished from panto’ land.

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Few pantomimes would be complete without a dancing animal or two, and this year Sam Sadler was back by popular demand playing Daisy the cow.

Jack and his Giant Stalk is being packed away to make way for the Irish Music Hall show which opens on Friday! The show will see the return of Brick Lane Music Hall regulars, Paul James, Bill Byrne and Ross Tomlinson. The line-up, led by Vincent Hayes, will also include Andrew Robley, Catherine Dennison, Hettie Hobbs and Lucy Reed, who will be putting on their Irish dancing shoes for one of the liveliest shows of the year with all the wonderful songs and comedy you would expect from that most emerald of isles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s all from pantoland this year. But you can be sure we’ll be back again next January – booking now for 2017 – when Brick Lane Music Hall presents Schlepping Beauty!

Everyone loves an Oompa Loompa


You know you have made it when there is a knitted version of you. The original Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory still have a tremendous following, including worldwide conventions and a contingency of fans, with make-up tutorials and fancy dress costumes available, not to mention knitted and crocheted versions!

 

The leading Oompa Loompa, as pictured above, was none other than Rusty Goffe. Pictured in a scene from the film in 1970 and below with Gene Wilder (he is the Oompa Loompa on the left).

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Though the film was first made in 1970, the original Oompa Loompas are still revered all over the world. Pictured below, Rusty at a recent convention in New York – with some of the many fans who dressed as Oompa Loompas for the occasion.

Rusty is also well known for his roles in Star Wars and Harry Potter films. Spot Rusty in the line-up of Jack and his Giant Stalk, where we can now reveal, he takes on the role of the scary Evil Giant …. Jack and his Giant Stalk plays until Saturday, March 5th.

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Get ready to party!

With St Patrick’s Day less than a month away – we are getting ready to party! St Patrick’s is such a special time at Brick Lane Music Hall. We wanted to share a few customer comments from previous shows.

Wow! – what a wonderful time we all had. We could not fault one thing. Such a lovely atmosphere.
Molly Mann, Writtle Travel Group

Great show, IT WAS FANTASTIC. All of the performers did a fantastic job. I have been to Brick Lane Music Hall many times but today’s show was the best I have ever seen. Clive Bushell, GRAVARA

What a breath of fresh air…. just fun…. Thank you, Thank you!  Sylvia Lillywhite

What a wonderful antidote to the cold weather your Irish party was. We all came out absolutely glowing from laughing so much. This is my fourth visit and the shows just get better each time.  Doris Grimsley, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead U3A

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100% Terrific    Mike Thorpe, Melody Tours

This year we are presenting a special Irish Music Hall Show to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, with all the fun of previous shows, some of our favourite songs, and plenty more besides – March 11th – 18th – make sure you’re there!

Happy Birthday Brick Lane Music Hall!

A great time was had by all at Brick Lane Music Hall as we celebrated our 24th Birthday this weekend. Many friends came to the show or sent their birthday wishes.

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Pictured above, backstage on Saturday night with Christopher Biggins and John Barr.

We also celebrated with a special backstage video made by Chris Draper, who plays Muddles in the panto’.

Click to view: http://youtu.be/HbA14ceWP-8

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