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24 September 2014
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Composite Image - The Stage magazine advert, music hall program and Guiness Theatre advert

Audio Memories of a night at the theatre
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"We used to go every Monday night to The Variety, first house performance at half past six and sit in the back stalls of the pit.
You would have Wilson, Keppel and Betty. It was a sand-dance act, two men and a girl. They used to do a soft shoe shuffle dance routine and they used to dress up in fez. They had plush seats and regulars who had boxes.We had Harry Lauder, I remember Lucan and McShane quite regularly.

The Pivvy, The Pavilion in Lodge Lane, up in the gods, I remember seeing Arthur Askey. The Pavilion became available. It was the original theatre, old dressing rooms were here, old posters with Gracie Fields’ name on them, George Formby, The Beatles appeared a few times and Ken Dodd appeared a dozen times."

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