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Saturday 4th Feb. Evening show

February 5, 2017


End of the week here at Brick Lane.Yesterday we had a couple of Brick Lane Regular performers in to see the show- Laura Hayward and Bill Byrne. Lovely to see them again, and the chance for another full house backstage picture in the interval!


Shows went very well, packed as always. Tonight (Saturday) it was very cold, but by the time I arrived at eight o’clock the guests were already being fed and watered and the windows were glowing. It looked very inviting, as indeed it is here!

Shelby & Lucy and my alter ego, Deadly Nightshade.

The show has settled in nicely now, and lots of laughs inbetween some pretty impressive and fast costume changes from all of us, supervised by Zara and Charlie. At one point Eleven people changing like wildfire- it keeps us slim after the interval cakes!

The Bavarian Boys and Two Of Deadly’s henchmen! Ben and Sam.

Tonight we had some visitors in to the evening show from the world of entertainment. Brian Miller and Audrey produced an array of white and coloured doves on stage in their career as illusionists. They also ran a very succesful costume hire business in Ilford, and we would often liase over costumes for the Kenneth More Theatre when we needed to hire. Great to see them both after a few years.

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Audrey & Brian Miller with Andrew.   Peter and Gale Sandeman.

Also in to see the show, as they do each year was Peter Sandeman and his wife Gale. Peter ran the prestigious Famous City Varieties Leeds for many years, and presented Music Hall and Pantomime there. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Peter since he was at Swansea Grand Theatre  many moons ago. Great to catch up after the show!


A  bit of witchcraft with Danny, Ellie, Sam and Ben

Its been a busy week of Birthdays this week, continuing into next week- Panto Villainess and Fairy Isobel Hurll joined panto dames Andrew Ryan and Marc Seymour and myself along with Owen Smith to celebrate all the birthdays! Mine isn’t until the end of the month so we’ve started early with four celebrations. Here we all are at Browns on Friday Night.


Marc, Isobel, Andrew, Owen and Nigel

So Saturday night’s show ended at around 11.30pm and after chatting to our guests, time to head home for the next two days of Birthday lunches and dinners! I like February! As the show came to an end tonight I spotted frequent Brick Lane visitor Ian Gold in the audience. He tells me he’s returning with another 34 guests in his party before the season ends! Thanks Ian!


We return on Tuesday for a full week of shows. I’ll be adding some “Sleeping Beauty” items from the IBY archive, and also sharing a stunning autograph album I’ve acquired from the early 1900’s. It has some fascinating Music Hall and Panto names and stories. Back on Tuesday!



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