The most swinging decade comes to Brick Lane Music Hall this Summer!

anita_harris_medWe are excited to announce that as part of our celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which run from April to October, Sixties pop sensation, Anita Harris, will be appearing as our special guest artist in The Sixties show, in May and June.

Anita Harris was part of the pop revolution which made Great Britain the cultural capital of the world. London was officially the most Swinging City during the most Swinging decade – and Anita was one of its icons.

Having had a starry show-business career spanning film, music and television, which has taken her to Vegas and back again, Anita is a consummate performer, with her own inimitable style. As well as her memorable television appearances, pantomime, and roles in the legendary Carry-on films, Anita has made many appearances on the West End stage in theatre and musicals, notably starring as Grizabella in the musical Cats, and appearing in many Royal Variety Performances.

The Sixties show fizzes with fun – and all the familiar songs of the decade – when Britain was just the coolest place on the planet! This is a limited run, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Sixties show, May 27th – June 9th 2016

There is nothing like a dame!!

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The panto’ is now well and truly underway. We spotted Andrew Robley and Nigel Ellacott conferring backstage.

Onstage: Nigel Ellacott as the Wicked Queen, Poison Ivy, pictured with his wicked helpers. Left to right, Catherine Dennison, Tommy Knapp and Sam Sadler.

Below, Andrew Robley, the long-suffering Dame Trott.

Pantomime fun and frolics ….

fc31d576-c698-4572-ab4f-247d0ce25669Pictured backstage before curtain up: Left to right, Derek Martin, Vincent Hayes with Anita Harris and husband, Mike Margolis, casting director, Kate Plantin and Andrew Robley.

 

Customer feedback this weekend:

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“Another great afternoon”
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Unmistakeable glamour comes to Brick Lane Music Hall


Nigel Ellacott and Andrew Robley make a handsome couple backstage at rehearsals and are guaranteed to bewitch and bedazzle on stage in equal measure.

Brick Lane Music Hall pantomime connoisseurs will know Nigel Ellacott well in roles in recent pantomimes such as Betty Swallocks in Big Dick Whittington or Dame Vera Minge in Babes in the Wood. This year, Nigel turns the tables from loveable Dame to panto’ villain in his role as Poison Ivy, the wicked queen!

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Andrew Robley has appeared in Brick Lane Music Hall pantomimes in many guises, from Dandini, the Prince’s aid de camp, in Cinderella, to Sherriff Loosebottom in Babes in the Wood. This year, Andrew makes his debut as Dame – playing Jack’s mother, Dame Trott.

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Andrew has been ably assisted during rehearsals by Steven Metcalfe who brings years of expertise to bear as wig master and costumier. Steven has set wigs for many years for such stars as Danny La Rue, and will add a note of unmistakeable glamour to our humble housewife.

Pictured above, the entire cast at rehearsals for Jack and his Giant Stalk. You can follow more backstage banter throughout the run in Nigel’s Blog on his definitive pantomime website, www.its-behind-you.com.

Meet the cast of 2016!

Rehearsals are well underway for our 2016 panto’, Jack and His Giant Stalk. Co-written by Paul James and Vincent Hayes, Directed by Vincent Hayes and Designed and Produced by Zara Kattan, there are some familiar faces in the cast. Above, Kate Young right, is Musical Director. From left to right, Chris Draper joins us as Muddles, Dame Trott’s General Factotum…. Hettie Hobbs is Good Fairy, Lottie Johnson plays the title role of Jack. Sam Sadler makes a welcome return as the all-singing, all-dancing Daisy the Cow. Tommy Knapp and Catherine Dennison play Gill’s friends, with Catherine taking on the role of Choreographer and Dance Captain.

Andrew Robley is cast this year as Jack’s mother, Dame Trott, while Rusty Goffe is cast in the role of… well, we should try and keep that a secret a bit longer…

We always love to see pantomime doyen and famous dame, Nigel Ellacott at this time of the year, and here he is getting to grips with his role of Poison Ivy – the wicked fairy…..

And last, but by no means least, Vincent Hayes plays Jack’s brother, Silly Billy, while Lucy Reed makes her Brick Lane Music Hall debut as Jill.

Jack and His Giant Stalk opens on Tuesday January 19th. Don’t miss it!

Happy New Year!

As we celebrate the New Year at Brick Lane Music Hall, we thought we would review a few of our backstage highlights from 2015.


Sherrie Hewson joined the cast backstage during Big Dick Whittington. Left to right, back row, Paul James, Vincent Hayes, Hayley-jo Whitney, Nigel Ellacott, Sherrie Hewson, Eleanor Jennings, Lottie Johnson, Catherine Dennison, Laura Hayward, front row, Andrew Robley, Steph Sen, Alan McHale and Rusty Goffe.

Chris Emmett dropped by, pictured here with Zara Kattan and Paul James.


We had a visit from a sweet little Brownie and Boy Scout (aka Vincent Hayes and Paul James).

Rusty Goffe dropped by to see son, Ben, in the 50’s show. Pictured here with Ben, Vincent Hayes, Paul James, Jess Conrad and Alec White.


The Music Hall had a bit of a makeover during the Summer break, thanks to our brilliant sign writer and man of many talents, Brian Walker, who spruced up the exterior, and Anthony Friggens and Eleanor Jennings and the team, who worked hard to refurbish the stage.

We were over the moon to see artist, Chris Floyd, return from France after the Summer break, pictured here with assistant extraordinaire, Eleanor Jennings.

Andrew Robley kept us going all year with tea.

“The boys” looked particularly dapper as they waited to go on stage during the wartime show. Left to right, Chris Draper, Bill Byrne, Paul James, Ben Goffe, Vincent Hayes, Andrew Robley.

Musical Director, Kate Young leads the backstage warm up for Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland. With her, left to right, Hettie Hobbs, Chris Draper, Catherine Dennison, Paul James, Ben Goffe, Laura Hayward and Mr. Bill Byrne.

And finally, you never know who is going to take your booking.

A happy and prosperous New Year to all! See you at the panto’ – Jack and his Giant Stalk opens on January 19th!

 

 

Seasonal High Jinks and High Spirits in Brick Lane Music Hall’s Christmas Outreach


Brick Lane Music Hall’s Outreach team have been busier than ever this December, with shows throughout the month, finishing with their last show on Christmas Eve in Bexleyheath. Show Director, Brian Walker (pictured bottom row, centre) reported “Christmas cheer by the sleigh load”, with many residents “Bedecked in party hats and tinsel.” Also pictured, Brian’s wife, Pammy (below left, with residents at Mill Hill) and Musical Director, Michael Topping (pictured centre). Linda Watts (bottom row, left), joined Brian and Michael for shows in Theydon Bois and Crawley.
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The Magic Continues

“Brick Lane Music Hall is just brilliant, non stop jokes, dancing and fun.” Facebook

Magician, John Styles MBE joins the cast of Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland throughout December, as we continue our countdown to Christmas with a truly magical Christmas show.

Pictured above, Bill Byrne sings with Catherine Dennison, Laura Hayward and Hettie Hobbs.

 

Vincent Hayes, left, leads the show.

Centre, Vincent with Laura Hayward, Hettie Hobbs and Chris Draper.

Right, Hettie and Laura with Catherine Dennison.

 

 

 

“I have not laughed so much for a very long time. The whole thing was first class, good food great entertainment and the whole place was so theatrical – magical was the description that came to mind….” TripAdvisor

The whole theatre has had a magical make-over, including the bar which has been transformed to match our Russian Winter Wonderland theme.

Christmas is coming!

Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland has enough fun to raise even the most weary Christmas spirits.

“Lots of fun” – “The enthusiasm of all the performers was contagious!” TripAdvisor

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Above, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Laura Hayward, Hettie Hobbs.

“Vincent and the cast are so talented. Really feel in Christmas mood now.” Facebook

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Above, left to right, Ben Goffe, Vincent Hayes, Chris Draper.

Above, Paul James

Above, Bill Byrne and Ben Goffe

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Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland runs until Christmas with matinees, lunches and evening shows. Check Box Office for availability.

Neighbours in Poplar

Our Outreach team paid a visit to the St Mathias Centre in Poplar to perform a show for Sister Christine Frost (pictured below, left), who has been running her Neighbours in Poplar charity for 45 years, working especially with the elderly and isolated in the community.

Having enjoyed a visit to Brick Lane Music Hall earlier in the year, the Charity asked if we could bring some Brick Lane magic to those in their community who had been unable to come along. Naturally, we were delighted to oblige and the group were treated to a rousing performance by Brick Lane Music Hall regular, Andrew Robley (below, right). As well as showing their appreciation for the show with loud claps and cheers, the audience demanded an encore from the talented team, led by Brian Walker. Musical Direction was by Michael Topping who also received loud applause for a magnificent solo performance. Pictured centre, Michael treating the audience to a splendid rendition of “The Old Bazaar in Cairo”.

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