Theatre: London Palladium
Performance: Life Begins at Oxford Circus
Main Actors: Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
This special 1930s, Flanagan and Allen, theatre programme is made of smooth off white paper printed with blue red grey and black inks. The front cover has colourful illustrations of the variety act performers, which really sets the tone for the programme.
The acts of the performance are spread throughout pages 4 -10; acts including Jack Hylton and his band. The two main performers are Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen, a very successful comedy double act of the time. Interspersed throughout the programme are various advertisements.
In 1926 Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen teamed up whilst performing for the Florrie Forde Show and became the comic double act ‘Flanagan and Allen’ performing comedy sketches and song. As the pair’s popularity grew, in the early 1930s, Flanagan and Allen became a part of the very successful entertaining troupe, ‘The Crazy Gang’.
Bud Flanagan, was London born as Chaim Reuben Weintrop, (1896 – 1968). He became a famous comedian and had a successful career on both stage and screen. He was a very popular world-renown performer particularly remembered for entertaining the troops during WWII and keeping up moral. From a young adult, Bud Flanagan had the good fortune to travel and perform around the globe; in 1915 he enlisted into the during the First World War. During his time in the army he met a Sergeant-Major Flanagan who, by some accounts, inspired the stage name that Bud Flanagan adopted.
Chesney Allen was the other half of Flanagan and Allen. Chesney Allen (1894 – 1982), born in London, England as William Ernest Chesney Allen, became a popular entertainer. Chesney Allen first started acting on the stage as a serious actor in 1912. In the mid-1920s Chesney Allen having turned toward comedy, joined up with Bud Flanagan and created a successful double act.
In the early 1930s Flanagan and Allen became a part of the very successful comedy-act troupe that eventually became very well-known as ‘The Crazy Gang’.
The programme includes 12 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H25cm x W19cm