It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our good friend Kay Mellor. Leeds born and bred, Kay was a pioneer of northern drama and real-life stories, going where no other female writer, director, or actor had gone before. We’re deeply proud and humbled to have been chosen as the home venue for her two stage premieres, Fat Friends The Musical (2017) and Band of Gold (2019) – both of which were huge success stories, as was everything that Kay turned her hand to. The hearts and thoughts of our theatre family are with her family, who we are also blessed to call friends of our theatres.

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The Good Old Days

Presented by City Varieties Music Hall

All-round entertainer, Bernie Clifton, and pianist, Bobby Crush, top the bill this September in The Good Old Days. Together with the City Varieties Orchestra (under the masterful direction of Mr Paul Smith), and The New Variety Dancers, they will be joined on stage by:

Week 1 (17/18 September)
Top of the Bill: Bernie Clifton
Chair: Richard Gauntlett
Supporting artistes: Judith Hibbert (Vocalist); Jan Hunt (Vocalist); Andy Eastwood (Ukulele); and John Styles (Magic & Comedy).

Week 2 (24/25 September)
Top of the Bill: Bobby Crush
Chair: David Graham
Supporting artistes: Emily Brown (Ventriloquist); Mel Harvey (Magic & Comedy); Linda Watts (Vocalist); and Mickie Driver (Vocalist).

The Good Old Days was a BBC television light entertainment programme produced by Barney Colehan which ran from 1953 to 1983. Filmed at The Varieties, the show recreated an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes. Compered by Leonard Sachs, the show featured more than 2,000 performers over the course of its run, including Les Dawson, Barbara Windsor, Bruce Forsyth, Eartha Kitt, John Inman, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer. The original series has recently enjoyed a re-run on BBC4.

Event information

Running Time: TBC

*Prices include a £1 booking fee. Where applicable, a £1 charge for postage will also be payable.

Boxes are available to book by calling the Box Office on 0113 243 0808.

The Good Old Days artiste details are correct at time of listing. Line-ups may be subject to unavoidable last minute change and Leeds Heritage Theatres reserves the right to amend to the bill without advance notification.

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