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”.


To Russia With Love

Brick Lane Music Hall has been undergoing a dramatic transformation this week. Following the Remembrance Service on Sunday, staff had just five days to transform the venue into Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland, ready to welcome customers to our first Christmas show on Saturday, 14th November!


While the stage was furbished with new lighting and dramatic drapery, the rest of the Music Hall has been lavishly bedecked to represent our chosen theme, which this year is a Russian winter, complete with snowy woodland and with a Russian winter Palace at its heart. Working round the clock, our busy team had a lot of fun creating the whole effect, which we hope you will all come and enjoy.


Pictured above, Eleanor Jennings and Prosun Saha. Rehearsals were also taking place for the show wherever the cast could find a quiet corner! This year there is a lovely cosy winter theme with songs to make even the most hardened heart look forward to Christmas!










Pictured above, left, left to right, Musical Director, Kate Young with Laura Hayward, Ben Goffe, Hettie Hobbs and Bill Byrne. Centre, Catherine Dennison with Laura and Hettie. Right, Masters of Mayhem, Vincent Hayes and Paul James. Below, the cast get a chance to have a final run through on stage. Pictured, Laura and Bill with Vincent and Ben.


Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday at Brick Lane Music Hall was a moving occasion, with staff and customers joining local families, dignitaries, the police and members of the Silvertown British Legion who marched to and from the service with a military pipe band. Pictured below, centre, Vincent Hayes MBE, with Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Sathianesan and former Deputy Mayor Christine Bowden. Right, Vincent with Cllr Patrick Murphy and school children from Brittania Primary who sang at the event.

As well as the school children, who sang “Hero”, Andrew Robley sang “Let there be peace on Earth” during the service and recited a moving poem in Remembrance of the First World War. Ben Goffe played the last post to mark the two minute silence.

Among the many wreaths laid around the memorial was an RAF roundel laid by Brick Lane Music Hall regular, Robert Rogers.










After the service, Vincent provided tea and cakes for all, prepared and served by Music Hall staff who generously volunteered their services. Pictured below, the extraordinary Goffe family – top step, Ben, next step Rusty, then Jack and mother Sarah! Centre, the pipe band were among those enjoying tea inside the theatre. Right, Anthony Friggens, our main man on light and sound, with his grandma, Helen!

Lest We Forget

There’ll Always Be An England, our wartime music hall show has been particularly moving this year with a special commemoration of the First World War. There are also comedy moments, including an ENSA sketch from the Second World War, together, of course, with all the great songs that originated during both wars performed by a marvellous cast, with Musical Direction by Kate Young.

Pictured above, left to right, Ben Goffe, Paul James, Chris Draper, Laura Hayward, Andrew Robley, Hayley-jo Whitney, Bill Byrne, Catherine Dennison, Vincent Hayes MBE.

The shows must go on!

Vincent Hayes was joined on stage during There’ll Always Be An England, our wartime music hall show, by Trustees of the Brick Lane Music Hall Charity, Councillor Patrick Murphy, advisor to the Mayor on the Royal Docks area, and former Councillor and deputy Mayor of Newham, Christine Bowden. They were invited on stage to formally receive a donation to the Charity from the Royal Society of St George.

The cheque was presented by the President of the Royal Society, Vice-Admiral Sir Neville Purvis KCB, glamorously assisted by a Pearly King and Queen! Christine Bowden, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, thanked the Society for the generous donation which will support Brick Lane Music Hall’s on-going programme of Outreach shows.

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Vincent Hayes and Catherine Dennison backstage, ready for the first performance of There’ll Always Be an England, our wartime music hall show.

A Show Packed Full Of Surprises!

Today, we bid a fond farewell to Sunday Night At The London Palladium, a show that was full of surprises in nostalgic tribute to one of the world’s favourite theatres. As well as featuring the songs of some of the big stars to appear on the stage over the years, the show brought back memories of the original Sunday night television show with priceless moments such as Beat the Clock, in which two members of the audience were “volunteered” at each show to come on stage and test their skills against the clock. One of the show’s highlights was a reprise of some of the famous musicals performed in breathtaking style by our talented cast.

The reprise opened with a section from Barnum, which made its West End debut at the Palladium in 1981. Pictured above, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Ben Goffe, Hayley-jo Whitney, Laura Hayward.

The stage set, the selection included “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler On the Roof, performed by Bill Byrne.

Paul James performed “There once was an ugly duckling” from the musical Hans Anderson which starred Tommy Steele.

Other musicals featured included The Sound of Music, pictured above Vincent Hayes woos a bashful Leisl (aka Andrew Robley).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, pictured, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Bill Byrne and Hayley-jo Whitney.

Oliver!, above Vincent Hayes plays Fagin – “Reviewing the situation”.

Singin’ In The Rain, above, left to right, Catherine Dennison, Ben Goffe and Laura Hayward perform the famous tap routine.

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, performed by Andrew Robley.

And Sister Act, performed by, left to right, Laura Hayward, Ben Goffe, Catherine Dennison, Andrew Robley, Bill Byrne and Hayley-jo Whitney.

If you missed Sunday Night At The London Palladium, you may still have a chance to see this section of the show in our 2016 Summertime Showcase where we review some of the highlights of the previous 12 months at Brick Lane Music Hall. But book now to avoid disappointment, as next year’s Summertime Showcase will be part of our Royal Season in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday!

Sunday Night at the London Palladium

The London Palladium has attracted the finest artists from the world of variety and entertainment for over a hundred years. In 1930 the Palladium hosted its first Royal Variety Performance and the following year the Crazy Gang came together. Closing briefly during the Blitz, the theatre reopened with Max Miller and Vera Lynn. Star bills in those early decades ranged from Harry Houdini, to Dickie Henderson, Gracie Fields, Sophie Tucker, Ivor Novello, Jack Benny, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Fats Waller, Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley) and Kitty McShane, Tommy Trinder, Tessie O’Shea, Gracie Fields, the Andrews Sisters, Carmen Miranda, Laurel and Hardy, to name but few.

Val Parnell brought over the major American stars: the impressive role-call included Danny Kaye, Harpo and Chico Marx, Benny Goodman, Dorothy Lamour, Frank Sinatra, Abbott and Costello, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope. Home grown talents appearing at that time included Max Bygraves, Julie Andrews, Alma Cogan, Harry Secombe, Terry Thomas, Billy Cotton, Charlie Drake, Cilla Black, Norman Wisdom, Des O’Connor, Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd, Tommy Steele, Ronnie Corbett, Arthur Askey and Shirley Bassey.

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Some of the greats who appeared at the Palladium: Sammy Davis Jr, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey.










Sunday Night at The London Palladium was first broadcast on ATV in 1955 and soon became a firm family favourite, with the best variety performers, the Tiller Girls, Beat the Clock, and of course, hosts Bruce Forsyth, Norman Vaughan and later Jimmy Tarbuck.

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The London Palladium has continued to play host to the biggest stars across the decades, including lavish pantomimes and musicals, from The King and I with Yul Brynner, to Barnum with Michael Crawford and the stage premiere of Singin’ in the Rain with Tommy Steele. Notable musicals have included Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, (for which the famous revolving stage was finally removed in 2002), Scrooge, The Sound Of Music, Sister Act, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver!



Sunday Night at the London Palladium is our tribute to this most fabulous of venues and one hundred years of unrivalled entertainment. Pictured at the top of the page, some of the cast; top row: Vincent Hayes, who leads the show, with Paul James. Bottom row: Catherine Dennison, Andrew Robley, Laura Hayward and Ben Goffe. The show also stars Bill Byrne and Hayley-Jo Whitney, with Musical Direction by Kate Young. Incidentally, our very own Kate Young was the first female Musical Director at the London Palladium!

A Good Old Sing-Song

Brick Lane Music Hall was the place for a right royal sing along today, as our autumn season got underway with a host of brilliant performances. Vincent Hayes and the outstanding cast of the Cockney Sing-Song received a standing ovation from the audience.

Pictured above, Hayley-Jo Whitney got the audience singing along to a reprise of Florrie Forde songs, while Ross Tomlinson performed some traditional Irish ditties and Catherine Dennison, bottom picture, had everyone joining in with a lively medley of Marie Lloyd songs.

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Lead vocalist, Andrew Robley reacted with enviable decorum when he was joined on stage during his romantic solo medley by Vincent Hayes for an impromptu duet…

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Maestro Peter John performed Your baby has gone down the plughole and The barmaid’s song, below, and yet more merriment was brought by Paul James, bottom picture, who finished his routine with The music man.

Pictured below, the outstanding cast, led by Vincent Hayes MBE. The Cockney Sing-Song, September 16th-19th.

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Getting ready for a new season!


Pictured above, Brian Walker popped in this week to give some of our outside signage a facelift, in preparation for re-opening on September 16th. Brian is the man behind all the brilliant sign-writing around Brick Lane Music Hall.  Pictured below, his touches can be seen all around the Music Hall.



Brian may well look familiar. As a seasoned Music Hall performer, he has appeared many times on stage at Brick Lane Music Hall, particularly in the early years, and now is busy with our Outreach shows, taking all the fun of Brick Lane Music Hall to those who are unable to come to us.

Next week he will be taking shows to a Care Centre in Ipswich and to a Dementia Café, in his old stomping ground of Hackney.

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