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The Magnificent Music Hall
Produced by Paper Moon Theatre
Returns for fifth annual appearance at New Wimbledon Theatre (with special guest Don MacLean)
Wednesday 18 January at 2:30pm
'A little of what you fancy does you good', as the song goes, and Music Hall star Marie Lloyd was right. The Magnificent Music Hall, produced by Jan Hunt of Paper Moon Theatre, returns for a fifth year – it is always so successful that we fancied a little more!
Jan Hunt, also the director and a performer, stages a spectacular feast of song, dance, music, magic and comic monologues, featuring artistes who were regulars on BBC TV’s long-running show The Good Old Days including Jan Hunt herself and Chairman Johnny Dennis, who helms this show. 'Music Hall has always been about involving the audience' says Johnny Dennis, praised for 'dispensing genial Pickwickian humour' (The Times). Johnny is an announcer at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds, and an authority on this game.
The Magnificent Music Hall will also feature as an opening sequence 'a real London Cockney opening' promises Jan, choreographed by Lucy Spencer with young performers from Laine Arts College in Epson. 'And I’ll always come up with one or two surprises' adds Jan.
Artistes on the bill include banjoist/violinst Andy Eastwood; soprano Marilyn Hill Smith who played the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Romany, the Diva of Magic (and the only British performer to ever win the World Magic Seminar Gold Lion Award, Las Vegas 2011). Also in this show is Delia Del Sol, contortionist and aerial acrobatics, and Richard Gauntlet, master of comedy and comic escapology. In addition, special guest star Don MacLean, a star of BBC TV’s longest running children’s series Crackerjack, adds to the merriment.
'Jan Hunt’s brisk production, complete with traditional audience singalongs, mixes sentimental ballads with earthy humour'
Jan Hunt is a well-known voice in the world of British Music Hall. In addition to producing, directing and performing in Paper Moon’s Magnificent Music Hall productions across Greater London, she also produces, stages and performs in shows for The Players’ Theatre Club, who just celebrated their 75th Anniversary of recreating Victorian Music Hall this past November. This gala was followed in December by the Players’ sold-out fundraiser for Wilton’s, the UK’s oldest surviving music hall. Jan staged both these shows and earned high praise:
'The most original entertainment in London'
'The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing have the megawattage, no doubt; but the older generation has the guile.'
This is a show with definite appeal to an older audience who fondly recall Music Hall. Younger newcomers experiencing the joys of this jovial genre for the first time will be in for a treat: 'They just come and have jolly good singsong and a lovely afternoon' says Jan.
Jan has been affiliated with New Wimbledon Theatre ever since she first performed there at the age of eleven as a Graham and Nelson juvenile in the pantomime Robinson Crusoe. Jan more recently staged a segment of the Gala Centennial for New Wimbledon Theatre. Her son Damian, who worked there, met his wife Lucy in a show there, and Jan says the New Wimbledon Theatre has always felt like a second home to her. She lives in nearby Kingston.
An expert in the history and spirit of Music Hall -- particularly the life of Marie Lloyd -- Jan is often interviewed. She has been featured in an episode of Blighty’s How Britain Was Built, singing and dancing with David Dimbleby on the gorgeous stage of Thornton’s Music Hall in Leeds, and Jan was interviewed in a BBC series about Wilton’s Music Hall (full Jan Hunt bio available).
She knows how to bring this traditional British entertainment to life, for audiences who always enjoy it.
Fancy an afternoon of Music Hall? It’ll do you good!