Brick Lane Music Hall St Patrick’s Day Show & Lunch
March 19, 2020
Brick Lane Music Hall is the brainchild of Vincent Hayes MBE, the result of a dream to keep music hall alive in this country. Having come to love music hall as a performer, Vincent saw its enduring value as a form of entertainment and believed that it could appeal to today’s audiences, that it could move with the times and appeal to modern audiences with topical humour and familiar songs.
During the 1980’s, Vincent offered music hall entertainment to punters in the traditional setting of the back room of a small pub, the Lord Hood, in Bethnal Green. Vincent took on the role of Chairman, inviting his favourite acts to perform on a tiny stage made out of beer crates. The Lord Hood attracted a regular following. Seasoned locals jostled with music hall fans, including sundry members of the Shadow Cabinet, and soon there was standing room only. Vincent decided to create a fully fledged music hall in the old workers’ canteen in the former Truman’s Brewery in London’s famous Brick Lane. Brick Lane Music Hall opened in 1992.
In the early days Brick Lane Music Hall received a boost with support from a long-standing friend, Danny La Rue, who offered to appear at Brick Lane, establishing the theatre’s reputation as a modern day music hall. Many stars appeared at Brick Lane Music Hall, including Barbara Windsor, who, during a Q & A appearance at Brick Lane Music Hall, met the producer of EastEnders.
All these years later Brick Lane Music Hall is re-housed in Silvertown and has become synonymous with British music hall. In 2013 Vincent was honoured with an MBE for his services to British Music Hall.
Music Hall is a form of entertainment that emerged when the British working classes came together in the rapidly growing Victorian towns and cities across Britain. In its heyday, there were more than three hundred music halls in London alone.
Evolving from the tavern culture, Victorian music halls offered food and drink and a series of up to a dozen “turns”, which included singers and dancers, comedians and impersonators and the “speciality acts”, jugglers, trick cyclists, magic acts, escape acts and more.
Brick Lane Music Hall keeps the tradition alive, offering food and drink accompanied by entertainment, where the songs are familiar and the humour topical, often irreverent, and audience participation is greatly encouraged.
Offer Price £72.50
per person to include return coach, theatre ticket and 3 course lunch.
Location: Dorking Halls
Call 07771 793294 & ask for Neil,
or use our contact form to email me.