Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Category Archives: Musicals, Music Hall & Music

Marie Lloyd – Queen of the Halls

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary music hall performer Marie Lloyd and I think she would have appreciated the lecture about her colourful life and spectacular career that … Continue reading

03/18/2020

Roy Hudd obituary

‘In 1958 Hudd’s agent, Morris Aza, suggested he audition for Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. As Hudd later explained: “Morris said, ‘In about three or four years variety … Continue reading

03/16/2020

The History of Race, Performance, and Drag Intersect in a Rare Photo of Thomas Dilward

TODAY IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, the southwest corner of Court Street and Remsen Street is home to a vitamin store, a law office, and a pizzeria. But in September 1862, during … Continue reading

02/26/2020

Langston Hughes’s Ardent Public Fan Letter to the Young Nina Simone

On February 8, 1949, a week after his forty-eighth birthday, the poet, novelist, activist, and playwright Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901–May 22, 1967) traveled to Asheville to speak at the Allen … Continue reading

02/05/2020

Bud Flanagan’s Spitalfields

My Sabbatical is Over! I’m back. However, posts will not be as frequent as during the old days. Also, I’ve decided not to allow your beautiful comments partly because of … Continue reading

01/28/2020

JULY 29, 1887: NAUGHTY NOMADS AND SINGING SOTS – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in 1887, Sigmund Romberg moved to the United States in 1909 and, after a short resume builder in a pencil factory (as a sharpener?), found work as a pianist.  … Continue reading

07/29/2018 · 1 Comment

Barry Humphries on Trump, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and causing maximum offence | The Spectator

‘I’m an amateur,’ Barry Humphries tells me. The Australian polymath uses the word in its older sense of ‘enthusiast’ rather than ‘bungler’ and he feels no need to point out … Continue reading

07/25/2018 · 2 Comments

Shoeing for a New Play – Theatrical Footwear: 1901 | Mrs Daffodil Digresses

SHOEING FOR A NEW PLAY. Footwear a Big Item in a Stage Production—Cost from $1000 to $1600 Some Trials of a Theatrical Bootmaker. Through some oversight, the manager of a … Continue reading

07/22/2018 · 2 Comments

O’Gorman Brothers

Joe O’Gorman the Irish Comedian was born in Dublin on May 24th, 1863. Attaining a local reputation as a dancer and singer he resolved to try his luck in England … Continue reading

07/16/2018 · 2 Comments

Director and Choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne Passes Away at 92

It has been announced today via her official Twitter that trailblazing dancer, director, and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away. According to the tweet, she passed away tonight, July … Continue reading

07/01/2018 · 1 Comment

Rochdale News | News Headlines | Appeal for Gracie Fields memories for new biography – Rochdale Online

It is 40 years next year since the death of Rochdale and Britain’s first superstar, Dame Gracie Fields. To commemorate the anniversary, Seb. Lassandro, the president of the Dame Gracie … Continue reading

05/19/2018 · 1 Comment

Anti-Semitism in Handel’s ‘Messiah’? | A R T L▼R K

The first production of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742 was also notable for the breakthrough performance of the contralto Susannah Cibber, who consequently became one of the biggest and … Continue reading

04/13/2018 · 1 Comment

Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya: Love in the Creative Partnership | A R T L▼R K

On the 3rd of April 1950, German composer Kurt Weill died of a heart attack in New York City. His highly innovative and eclectic works for the theatre, such as … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 3 Comments

Carrie Hope Fletcher | singer, author and actor| interview

Her CV boasts stints in big-name West End productions and her vlogs attract a huge following, but the multi-talented performer, author and internet star tells Mark Bonington her upcoming show … Continue reading

03/29/2018 · 2 Comments

Quote • STEPHEN SONDHEIM • Directors and Musicals

Stephen Sondheim: ‘Directors should focus more on the text and less on themselves’ Stephen Sondheim: ‘Directors should…

03/22/2018 · 7 Comments

Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90 two days after marrying partner of 40 years at home – Mirror Online

via Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90 two days after marrying partner of 40 years at home – Mirror Online

03/12/2018 · 3 Comments

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday – Progressive.org

“Strange Fruit” may have been written by American songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol (a.k.a. Lewis Allen), but ever since Billie Holiday sang the three brief stanzas to music in 1937, she’s … Continue reading

03/07/2018 · 1 Comment

‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under Trump and the collapse of his $100m movie | Stage | The Guardian

Back on home soil, the Australian polymath discusses politics, musicals and #MeToo – and the worst year of his professional life. via ‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under … Continue reading

01/30/2018 · 1 Comment

Return to the Forbidden Planet creator Bob Carlton dies

Bob Carlton, who created Return to the Forbidden Planet, has died. The writer and director created the jukebox rock and roll musical, which is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Piaf and Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles | A R T L▼R K

When I write I disturb. When I make a film I disturb. When I paint I disturb. When I exhibit my paintings I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. … Continue reading

10/11/2017 · 2 Comments

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: “it’s made me pretty fearless”

What do you call a woman who murdered Dirty Den, is the darling of TV comedy producers, writes radio plays about the golden age of Hollywood, hosted and judged Channel … Continue reading

07/08/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN LENO • Stewart Permutt • 2003

Mr Dan Leno as Mother Goose Posterby FirstNightVintage Excerpt from an interview with the actor, director and playwright, Stewart Permutt. [One project] on the go is a play about the Music … Continue reading

06/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s) | FROM THE BYGONE

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Ne… Source: Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

A songwriter’s desperate end in a Bowery hotel | Ephemeral New York

If you’ve ever found yourself humming “Camptown Races” or “Oh! Susanna,” then you know Stephen Foster. He’s the genius behind these and other catchy Antebellum-e… Source: A songwriter’s desperate end … Continue reading

05/10/2017 · 5 Comments

Scandalous Women: Spirit of a Dove – Guest Post by Stephen Bourne

Evelyn Dove was one of the true pioneers of the booming cabaret age of the 1920s. She thrilled audiences around the world and her exquisite stage costumes helped to make … Continue reading

05/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Lost London – Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth | Exploring London

Described by the Theatres Trust as a “key building” in music hall history, the Canterbury Music Hall was first erected in Westminster Bridge Road in 1852 on the site of an … Continue reading

04/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Pop Goes The Opera – hello emma kay

I remember watching this… And thought “I have to see these guys!” It only took four years (Scary thought!) to put my thoughts into action and watch Pop-up Opera, at … Continue reading

03/24/2017 · 1 Comment

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Vesta Tilley: Male Impersonator | Rogues & Vagabonds

This image is from an original postcard in my possession of the great English Music Hall performer Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), who was especially renowned as a male impersonator and beloved … Continue reading

03/04/2017 · 3 Comments