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!
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.
“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.
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
Above, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Laura Hayward, Hettie Hobbs.
“Vincent and the cast are so talented. Really feel in Christmas mood now.” Facebook
Above, left to right, Ben Goffe, Vincent Hayes, Chris Draper.
Above, Paul James
Above, Bill Byrne and Ben Goffe
Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland runs until Christmas with matinees, lunches and evening shows. Check Box Office for availability.
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”.