A Right Royal Do!
Vincent, Andrew and Paul left Brick Lane tonight( Tuesday 21st) to head for the Lodge of The Grand Order Of Water Rats. It was for a right Royal night out in the company of Prince Michael Of Kent and his son Lord Frederick Windsor. Prince Michael is a member of the GOWR, as is Prince Philip and Prince Charles. Here they all are at their Dinner.
On Saturday (25th Feb) Vincent is hosting a red carpet night at Brick Lane- our second show of the day with proceeds of this Gala Panto going to the GOWR. We’ll start this show at 9.30pm allowing time for the kitchens and staff to prepare their second sitting of the day!
Look out for Saturday’s Blog with a report on the Evening- a few Celeb guest stars at the Dinner, and indeed for the matinee. Watch this space!
The week has flown by- Two Lunches and Two teas leaving the Saturday for our first Twice Daily lunch and Dinner- shows will be at 2.30pm and at 9.30pm.
Visitors this week included my Brother Vivyan along with Isobel Hurll and Angela Skailes. During the break I was chatting to Tom and Martin about the London Hippodrome, now a Casino. Angela and Isobel were watching our panto, and interesting to note Angela was in the very last theatre show at the Hippodrome “The Dave King Show” before the theatre was converted into “The Talk Of London”, and Isobel went in as Principal Dancer when it had re-opened!
Vivyan, Isobel , Nigel & Angela.
Isobel has appeared in many Pantomimes, as Fairy Godmother and as Evil Villainess, and was Principal Dancer at The London Palladium for several seasons for Irving Davis, among her many years in the “Business”. Angela as Angela Ryder toured the world with her stage partner in an act that brought her to the West End several times. My Brother Vivyan retired as Theatre manager of The Kenneth More Theatre since it was created, and currently runs an encyclopedic website about Theatres and Musicals called http://www.overthefootlights.com.
Another esteemed Visitor this week was Musical Director Supreme, David Carter. David I have known and worked with for a great many years, from our touring days for Barrie Stacey and variety shows. For a good many years Davis was accompanist and MD for Danny La Rue among others, and it is always a great joy to meet up with him here each year! Here’s David with Tom.
Meanwhile, back in the world of Schlepping Beauty we continue to pack ’em in each day, despite the efforts of Storm Doris to hold up the coaches as they head this way.
Tomorrow is our Two Show Day. Full reports on Monday!