In September we were delighted to welcome Jeremy Paxman to Brick Lane Music Hall (pictured below with Vincent Hayes). He came with the BBC while filming Britain’s Great War, a series commemorating World War One, following the publication of his book of the same name. Brick Lane Music Hall was used as a backdrop for discussions about Music Hall during this period.
As Music Hall was in its heyday at this time, it was very much intertwined with the soldiers’ lives. Soldiers were given songbooks as part of their standard kit. The Music Hall song “It’s A Long Way to Tipperary” became the marching anthem of the Great War. There were regular concert parties close to the front line and at home Music Hall kept up morale and was a vehicle for recruitment.
You can read more in our 2014 Souvenir Programme which will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. In the meantime, you can watch Jeremy Paxman on BBC 1! Episode 1 is on Monday January 27th at 9pm.
Yes, pantomime time is fast approaching and we wish the cast and crew of Big Dick Whittington the very best of luck for the opening night on Saturday!
Below, fight co-ordinator, Ben Goffe has been directing fight scenes between his Dad, Rusty Goffe and Andrew Robley for the big battle scenes!
Director, Paul Harris, attempts to keep order during cast rehearsals….
While Musical Director, David Harvey, and choreographer, Hayley-Jane Simmons, take the cast through their dance moves!
Big Dick Whittington opens on Saturday, 18th January and runs until March 8th. Full of fun and surprises, it will be the biggest Brick Lane Music Hall pantomime EVER!
Can we take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during 2013 – an amazing year for Brick Lane Music Hall, which marked our 21st Birthday. The year started with Vincent’s award of an MBE for his services to Music Hall and in recognition of the work Brick Lane Music Hall does in the community, and then the surprise of receiving a special Award at the UK Coach Awards for “Britain’s freindliest venue” and somehow ending the year “Recommended” on TripAdvisor where Brick Lane Music Hall is now London’s second most recommended attraction – and number 1. in the performance section!
2014 promises to bring yet more fun and laughter. The pantomime opens mid-January and is still one of the longest running panto’s in the country, playing until early March. We have new shows for 2014, including Be-Bop-A-Lula, dedicated to 50′s rock and roll, as well as all our favourites, including the St George’s Day shows and the Wartime show, which this year will commemorate the centenary of the first World War.
Watch this space for all the news. And a Happy New Year to all!