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Vaudeville & Music Hall Books

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  • BK1 - Bristol's Forgotten Empire

    by Terry Hallett Paperback, 247mm x 168mm, 210pp, black & white illustrations (including several by Francis Hewlett), extensive index plus indices of Magicians and Revues. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) The author has thoroughly researched the history of this East End Bristol music hall from its opening in November, 1893 as part of the Moss & Thornton organisation. The hall, made famous by Harry Day and F.J. Butterworth, had more than its share of ups and downs, becoming a cinema for several years in the 1930s and closing in 1954. It lived on for a while as a BBC sound studio, but was demolished for road widening in 1963. Learn More
  • BK11 - The Austin Seven

    by Jonathan Wood Paperback, 210mm x 150mm, 32pp, black & white illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) One of the most famous British cars, the diminutive but robust 750cc Austin Seven, introduced in 1922, changed the course of automobile design and proved the viability of the small-capacity four-cylinder car. The salvation of the Austin company, it was aimed at families who might otherwise have travelled by motorcycle and sidecar, and it remained in production until 1939. The Seven performed as well on the race tract as it did on the road. It survives in respectable numbers to provide new generations of enthusiasts with a practical, economical car to run, race and restore. Learn More
  • BK13 - Tivoli King - The Life of Harry Rickards, Vaudeville Showman

    by Gae Anderson Paperback, 218mm x 140mm, 378pp, full index, illustrative sections including facsimiles in colour of Sheet Music Fronts. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) Harry Rickards is recognised as one of the most colourful and dynamic showmen to appear on the Australian Variety Stage. Rickards' debut as a comic singer on the London Music Halls during the late nineteenth century, and his subsequent career, was tarnished by spats with fellow artistes, court appearances for bad behaviour, failure to pay debts, accusations of slander, and violence in marriage. Circumnavigating the globe with troupes of players, he settled in Sydney in 1892, and established the Tivoli chain of vaudeville theatres throughout the country. Rickards' life and times are documented in this fast moving biography, from his humble beginnings in Stratford, Essex to fame and fortune in the Australian colonies as the true King of Vaudeville. Rickards was known as "the Napoleon of Vaudeville". Learn More
  • BK14 - The Great Carmo - The Colossus of Mystery

    by Val Andrews Paperback, 205mm x 144mm, 100pp, black & white and colour illustrations, limited edition only. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) This is an interesting story which deserves to be available to those interested in the history of Magic and Magicians, hence this limited second edition. Learn More
  • BK17 - Guide to British Theatres, 1750-1950

    by John Earl and Michael Sell Paperback, 217mm x 142mm, 290pp, numerous black & white illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) Profusely illustrated, this book covers all surviving theatres built before 1950. The writers make authoritative and realistic assessments of their quality ..... and in the case of 'sleepers' separate the hopeless cases from those who have real potential and those whose reopening as theatres should be a top priority. More than 650 theatres are detailed, as well as hundreds of lost theatres and biographical notes on the principal theatre architects. Learn More
  • BK18 - Edward Elgar

    by Michael Messenger Paperback, 210mm x 150mm, 64pp, black & white and colour illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) The son of a modest piano-tuner, Elgar, was brought up as a Roman Catholic in Protestant England, was denied the benefits of wealth, university education and formal music training, but overcame those disadvantages to become the most famous British composer of his generation, receiving many of the highest honours that the nation could bestow upon him. Learn More
  • BK2 - The Lost Theatres of Dublin

    by Philip B Ryan Paperback, 247mm x 170mm, 240pp, black & white illustrations, 13-page index plus indices of Songs, Theatres and Cinemas Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) In The Lost Theatres of Dublin, Richard Brinsley Sheridan jostles with Cecil Sheridan, as the author takes us on a fascinating and eclectic journey from the licensing of the first Theatre Royal, in Smock Alley in 1662, through to the restoration of the Olympia in 1977. The book covers the three Theatres Royal, The Queen's, The Tivoli, The Abbey, The Coliseum, The Capitol, The Torch and Dan Lowrey's Music Hall. Over 2000 copies sold. Learn More
  • BK21 - Old Time Variety - An Illustrated History

    by Richard Anthony Baker Hardback with dust jacket, 240mm x 163mm, 256pp, 12-page index, black & white illustrations of artistes Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) As one of the richest sources of diversion for the people of Britain between the end of the First World War and the 1960s, the Variety theatre emerged from the embers of music hall, a vulgar and rumbustious entertainment that had held the working classes in thrall since the 1840s. The Variety theatre was constantly under threat, first from revue, then radio, the cinema, girlie shows, the birth of rock 'n' roll and finally television. Learn More
  • BK24 - Tug's Tales

    (Tug Wilson) as told to Christopher Brinson Paperback, 207mm x 173mm, 99pp, black & white and colour illustrations Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) Trouping with an Illusion show in the Far East and the UK from the 1940s to the 1980s. Delightful posters from the Peter Lane Collection. Learn More
  • BK29 - Roundabout Paramount

    by Brian O'Gorman Paperback, 215mm x 148mm, 135pp, no illustrations Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) A fascinating novella charting Dave and Joe O'Gorman's tour of the Paramount Theatres in the USA during the 1930s. Though warmly received by audiences and fellow artistes, the Variety comedians face problems with trade unions and threats of murder and arson. A gripping tale, based on actual experiences. Learn More

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