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OLD THEATRES magazine is pleased to welcome reciprocal links from organisations, managements, artistes, and theatre supporting groups in the interests of preserving theatres for future generations to enjoy. Please E Mail us so that we can get back to you.

SUPPORTERS ORGANISATIONS Bringing the old stars back to life. A resource for anyone interested in British popular culture of the early part part of the 20th century. The Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay is owned and operated by the highly accredited, Matpro Limited. Since 1986, the business has taken the venue from strength to strength, with their acclaimed variety shows now running virtually all year round, when you include their ever popular, Christmas shows. The Theatres Trust is the UK's authority on theatre buildings and was established in 1978 by Act of Parliament to secure the future of theatres, help to improve theatre buildings and maintain a full record of theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is best known for its work as a statutory consultee in the planning system. The British Music Hall Society strives to preserve the history of Music Hall and Variety and to recall artistes who were part of that scene. It also continues to actively support and encourage the entertainers of the present. The Frank Matcham Society was set up following the centenary of the Wakefield Theatre Royal in 1994. It aims to visit and develop links with all the surving Matcham theatres and to encourage and carry out research into his life and work. Visits are also made to theatres and interesting buildings by other architects enabling members to appreciate great architecture wherever it may be. Scottish Music Hall and Variety Society works to advance the cause of Scottish Music Hall and Variety--past, present and future, aiding research by identifying and locating collections or artefacts and memorabilia. It preserves a record or material in its own archives and the collections of its members and also acts as a focus for inquiry and information.

www.cinema-theatre, The Cinema Theatre Association is dedicated to cinema history, not the films, but the buildings they were and are shown in. What u nites members is a fascination with the architecture, design and commercial history of cinema exhibition. Visits are arranged to present and former cinemas in Britain and the world over IThe Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust is delighted that proposals to develop the Hippodrome site as a multi-storey car park have been rejected by the Planning Control Committee of Derby City Council. Please join in to register your support. PThe restoration of the Grand Theatre and Opera House will be our statement of intent for this town’s commitment to live theatre in this new millennium. Please come and join us in our quest and help us restore this fine Victorian Theatre for the next generation. This web site is currently under development, but well worth a visit. Please show your support for this fine theatre. Follow the progress being made to protect and preserve this valued building on Morecambe seafront for future generations The Music Hall and Theatre History Site - Dedicated to Arthur Lloyd, 1839 - 1904

This site is now in its 11th great year online with over 2,000 pages of information and more than 6,000 archive images on the history of Music Hall and Theatre in the UK.

The National Piers Society works to promote and sustain interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers. It publishes a Guide to British Piers and a quarterly magazine, and advises heritage bodies, lottery boards, local authorities and the media on pier matters. It maintains links with the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (representing pier owners) and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, whose ships operate excursions from pier landing stages.
Membership is open to both individuals and organisations and new members are always welcome.

AFTER THE FINAL CURTAIN America's own Old Theatres web pages: An introduction to the world of theatre with a special emphasis on young people's entertainment. A fantastic site dedicated to pantomime over a 1000 pages worth a look Promoter of Britain's best matinee nostalgia show We'll Meet Again now in its 10th nationwide tour. Also Thanks for the Memory--'Music Hall to Variety' for lovers of the performers of a bygone age. The lovable gentle-man, Wyn Calvin, a household name in Wales, is celebrating sixty five years in show business, and is still spreading his unique brand of humour, wit and generosity throughout Wales and many parts of the wider world. Europe's Largest Database of Circus Performers, Speciality & Variety Acts, Specialist Attractions, Show Productions, & Entertainment Related Services of ALL KINDS. We supply Entertainment Worldwide from our Offices in England, Spain, Greece & Australia. Max Miller, Britain’s top comedian in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s was born in Brighton, England. He excelled as a stand-up comic playing in large variety theatres where his skill was such that he could hold an audience in the palm of his hand. He also made films, wrote and sang his own songs. Max is still remembered by his own Appreciation Society members. International entertainer, recording artist and ukelele-banjo nut Steffani's Silver Songsters Appreciation Society. Golden memories of a wonderful era in Variety. Patron Ronnie Ronalde Ronnie Ronalde Around the world on a whistle. British music hall singer and siffleur, A much loved artiste, famous for his voice, whistling, and still making appearances today.  Russ Conway Appreciation Society: A tribute to the celebrated pianist who composed, recorded and performed many times during his illustrious career. Colin Bourdiec is the uk's foremost George Formby Impersonator and portrays George using original pre war ukulele's. Colin keeps up the tradition of variety with his ENSA shows and his skills as an all round entertainer, song & dance man and after dinner speaker.


The New Theatre in Cardiff is Wales' number one venue for the best in drama, musicals, dance, children's shows and pantomime. Kings Theatre, Southsea: The dignified and beautiful Kings Theatre - with its Italian Renaissance style of decor - is one of the best examples of the elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the British Isles. The Kings is a fully active theatre day to day, regularly showing top national touring productions. For more information, please visit our web pages Crewe Lyceum, Cheshire's Last Edwardian Theatre. Theatre at Its Best campaigning to raise the final £550k towards the £9.2m refurbishment of Leeds City Variety theatre, funded by Leeds City Council (£5.2m) and Heritage Lottery Fund (£2.74m). New Wimbledon Theatre and Studio are two of the region's leading live entertainment venues, showcasing local and touring productions from across the UK each and every year. The History of London theatres, West End musicals and a whole lot more! gives the BRISTOL HIPPODROME full history and lists all 4,200 shows, and more than 40,000 artistes, seen on its stage.

CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE As reported in Edition 9 of OLD THEATRES magazine, this beautiful Frank Matcham theatre has just been refurbished. More information on

DRAMA GROUPS Alison Goldie is an actor, director and drama teacher who has had various associations with old theatres in London including Hoxton Hall, the Hackney Empire, Wilton’s Music Hall and various West End Theatres, as well as having played in lovely fading theatres elsewhere in the UK and abroad.


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