The Good Old Days is a key part of the City Varieties programme of events. It used to be a BBC entertainment show between 1953-1983, recreating the authentic atmosphere of the Victorian-Edwardian music hall, performed by present-day stars. The show featured over 2,000 performers including Les Dawson, Barbara Windsor, Bruce Forsyth, Eartha Kitt, John Inman, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer.
The stage show returns occasionally, offering a similar vibe for a few nights of the month. This time, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September, Sherrie Hewson headlines alongside guest Chairman Richard Gauntlett. Joining them will be vocalist Andrew Robley, multi-instrumentalist Leo Shavers, vocalist Linda Watts, and Diablo Virtuoso Donald Grant.
The week after on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September, magician and TV personality, Pete Firman tops the bill. The show will be presented by special guest Chairman Mark Walsh. Also appearing are juggler/plate-spinner Andrew Van Buren, vocalists Peter John and Julia Sutton, and Leeds’ own aerialist Madam Langoustine.
Each show features the City Varieties Orchestra under the masterful direction of Mr David Smith.
I’m not sure what Sherrie Hewson will be doing as she’s predominantly an actress so unless she does a one-woman monologue or a sketch I’m interested to see what she’ll be performing! Pete Firman is a great performer and a clean-cut old fashioned entertainer. This seems like an absolutely ideal platform for him.
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