Sunday, 15 April 2012

Treading The Boards: Bill Pertwee in Old Tyme Music Hall (1966)

Production: Old Tyme Music Hall
Venue: West Pier, Brighton
Date: Spring 1966
Starring: Alan Gale, Bill Pertwee, Patricia Kay, Gary Webb, Wendy Fitzgerald, John Douglass, Cecil Boltz, Brownie Dene
Devised and Produced By Alan Gale

The format of music hall and variety was all becoming a faded memory in theatre by the time the West End Pier staged Alan Gale’s third consecutive year of Old Tyme Music Hall during 1966.

Younger audiences were leaving the theatres in pursuit of dance hall and concerts although older generations still had a yearning for more traditional entertainment.

Bill Pertwee, at this time still a radio regular on Round the Horne and with several TV series under his belt including Don’t Look Nowwas the Chairman of the show that proclaimed on its cover “The Good Old Days Again”.

Photo biographies for
Old Tyme Music Hall
The shows highlights according to the programme included Mr. Alan Gale’s portrayal of an old Chelsea pensioner, Miss Wendy Fitzgerald “So very very charming”, Soprano Patricia Kay’s “Melodies from the past” and The Company dressed in all their frills and finery for a stroll in the park.

More Photo Biographies for
Old Tyme Music Hall
A quick Google of many of the names featured in the production fails to bring many results although I’m assuming many continued or had great success on the stage. 

A Complete running order for Olde Tyme Music Hall
Alan Gale had some longstanding success as did Brownie Dene. If anyone knows more about the Olde Tyme Music Hall Show’s staged at Brighton in the 60s or has photographs, press reviews or even if you attended one – please get in touch!

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