Brick Lane’s Got Talent!

In 2013, Brick Lane Music Hall founder, Vincent Hayes, was awarded an MBE for his services to British music hall. This was in recognition of the way Brick Lane Music Hall has kept music hall current and relevant to a modern-day audience. One of the key ways this has been achieved has been by providing opportunities for emerging artists to work alongside established industry professionals. Scouts from Brick Lane Music Hall regularly attend student showcases from the leading musical theatre schools and auditions are held regularly to spot suitable candidates to join the shows.
Be Bop A Lula, a lively Fifties review, has offered the perfect opportunity to introduce no less that four recent graduates to our line up. Catherine Dennison, Laura Hayward and Alec White were all spotted at Mountview earlier this year and Tommy Knapp is from Italia Conti. They play alongside Ben Goffe, in his first appearance at Brick Lane Music Hall, although his father Rusty Goffe, will be familiar to Panto’ audiences; Stephanie Senn, who first appeared at Brick Lane Music Hall in Big Dick Whittington this year; and Brick Lane Music Hall regular, Alan McHale. To complete the line-up, we will have no less than Vincent Hayes MBE, Paul James and special guest artist, the legendary Jess Conrad! 
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Left to right, Alec White, Laura Hayward, Stephanie Senn, Catherine Dennison, Paul James, Vincent Hayes, Alan McHale, Tommy Knapp, Ben Goffe.

Prize Star Quiz!

Vincent Hayes MBE appeared on stage this week with Andrew Robley, dressed in the iconic costume of fur coat and battered hat of one of the most popular music hall and variety comedians of the 20th Century. You could win free tickets to our fifties show Be Bop A Lula, on Saturday, September 27th, if you can tell us who Vincent’s tribute was to.

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If you can name the comedian, who, with a career spanning over 30 years, was a household name during the whole of the 1950’s, appearing in nearly every Royal Variety Show of that decade, send your answer in an email to the Box Office, with your name and phone number, between now and Sunday, September 21st to be placed in our prize draw. The prize will be 2 free tickets to our Saturday Matinee, including tasty afternoon tea, on September 27th, 2014. The winner will be notified on September 22nd.

You can still book tickets to our all-new show, Be Bop A Lula on selected dates. With a distinct 50’s rock and roll flavour, with our biggest show cast ever! Vincent will be leading the show, with a multi-talented line-up, starring Paul James, with special guest artist Jess Conrad, also starring Brick Lane Music Hall regular Alan McHale and introducing Ben Goffe, PLUS full supporting cast!

Email: lucy@bricklanemusichall.co.uk

The new season starts here!

The new season opens at Brick Lane Music Hall on September 10th, with our lively Music Hall show, the Cockney Sing-Song!

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This is followed by our not-to-be missed brand new show, Be Bop A Lula, based on songs from the 1950’s, which opens on September 27th.

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New listings will be sent to all customers on our database shortly. If you would like to receive a copy and are not on the database, ring the Box Office to register, or complete the contact form on this website. Please remember to book early to avoid disappointment and we look forward to welcoming you soon!

 

Happy Holidays!

Brick Lane Music Hall is closed for two weeks from August 2nd for our Summer holidays!

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Wishing you a great Summer – hope you have as much fun as us. The Box Office re-opens on August 18th, and our first show of the new season will be on September 10th.

In Loving Memory

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In loving memory of his father, John Arthur Rogers, one of our regular customers, Robert Rogers, gave a donation to the Brick Lane Music Hall Charity which enabled us to take out a show to the Royal Star and Garter Home for Ex-servicemen and women.

As a young Royal Engineer, John Arthur Rogers took part in the D-Day landings, Operation Overlord. Pictured below, second on the left, his unit were sent over to construct the Mulberry Harbour – which Robert’s grandfather had helped to make in the local Blackwall Docks. In fact, the Rogers family contributed much locally to the war effort. John Arthur served in Europe until 1947, dying in 1986 of complications arising from his service. Robert’s Uncle Jack, John Edward Cowan, served in the RAF, while his other grandfather served as ARP Warden on the home front in Canning Town. Killed by enemy action, Rogers Road is named in his honour.

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Staff and residents at the Star and Garter were very moved to hear about Robert’s father, having lost their last survivor of D-Day only last week. By co-incidence, both he and John Arthur had been deployed on “Gold Beach” during the landings, so there was a great sense of connection in the room and appreciation of Robert’s kind gesture in sending the Brick Lane Music Hall team along.

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The show was led by Brian Walker, with Michael Topping as MD, and starred Lowri Ann Richards and Bill Byrne who have recently both appeared at Brick Lane Music Hall in our Seaside Special. It was an afternoon that will be remembered for a very long time.

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School report

0011 (Copy)With five schools participating in our Schools Programme this year, and with our team busier than ever working towards five separate end of year productions of Oliver, we felt we had another mission for our star reporter, Nigel Ellacott.

bricklanebday1 (Copy)An authority on theatre and pantomime, Nigel is a writer and performer and the author of its-behind-you.com. Seen here backstage with Vincent Hayes during Big Dick Whittington, Nigel will be known to Brick Lane Music Hall audiences for his performance as Betty Swallocks. Throughout the panto’, we all eagerly tuned in to Nigel’s daily news round-up in Betty’s Blog.

Nigel went along to Tollgate Primary School, Plaistow, to see how the team were getting on.  You can read his full report by clicking this link to our Out and About page.

Le Grand Depart

SONY DSCAs the Tour de France sweeps past Brick Lane Music Hall and on to its next stage, our artists make a grand departure from the stage for the Summer break. Above, Vincent Hayes MBE leads the cast in the finale of the final performance of our Seaside Special. And below, left to right, Bill Byrne, Paul James and Ross Tomlinson and Lowri Ann Richards with Anna Campkin. 

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Bill Byrne and Lowri Ann Richards join Brian Walker and Michael Topping next week for a very special Outreach show at the Royal Star and Garter Home for Retired Servicemen and Women. While Ross Tomlinson continues working in our schools programme, along with artists Joni Talks, Hayley-Jo Whitney, Alan McHale and Jeff Chandler, with final performances of Oliver over the next two weeks. Brick Lane Music Hall re-opens in September with the Cockney Sing Song.

All in a day’s work…..

There was no shortage of talent or enthusiasm among the pupils at Cleves Primary School as they rehearsed for their end of term production of Oliver. The Brick Lane Music Hall team, led by Joni Talks, is hard at work, dividing its time between the five participating schools. Working alongside Joni are artists who will be familiar to Brick Lane Music Hall audiences: Hayley-Jo Whitney, Alan McHale and Ross Tomlinson.

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Ross, who is pictured above, is also managing to get back to the Music Hall for performances of our Seaside Special. Ross is pictured below – later that same day – on stage with Anna Campkin. The Seaside Special runs until July 8th.

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Laughter is the best medicine

The Outreach team have had a busy week, with a Strawberry Tea in Edenbridge in Kent, sponsored by the Edenbridge Rotary Club, where Brian Walker and Musical Director, Michael Topping, were joined by Peter John and magician, John Styles, to the delight of all.

After a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in Kent, the next day Brian and Michael were in Chingford to attend a 100th Birthday party.

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“We were made welcome as we set up, then came the grand entrance of dear old Elsie. She was a woman of some style and humour, her family had piled her gifts and cards in front of her and she sat there holding court while us mere mortals looked on. When we started the music her face lit up and a she sang along with us as much as she could, she even gave us a solo performance, a heroic stab at The Laughing Policeman.” Brian Walker

Take a butcher’s down the Roman

If you know your Cockney rhyming slang, you should head down to the Roman Road for a chance to win tickets for two to Brick Lane Music Hall! We are offering the winners of a quiz, to be held on Saturday 14 June in the Roman Road Market, two tickets to any performance of our forthcoming saucy Seaside Special, to include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. The event will raise funds for the Whitechapel Mission.

Here are a few teasers of our own.  Answers at the bottom of the post!

1. Apples and pears  2. Trouble and strife  3. Adam and Eve  4. Ruby Murray  5. Butcher’s hook  6. Dustbin lid  7. Barnet Fair  8. Dog and bone  9. Duke of Kent

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Brick Lane Music Hall – Cockney Sing-Song 2013

If you get the chance, and would like to win free tickets, you can head over to Gladstone Place, E3, outside the Bow Idea Store, Roman Road, 2 – 3pm.

Translation: 1. Apples and pears – stairs  2. Trouble and strife – wife  3. Adam and Eve – believe   4. Ruby Murray – curry  5. Butcher’s hook – look  6.  Dustbin lid – kid   7. Barnet Fair – hair  8. Dog and bone – phone  9. Duke of Kent – rent

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