Performance: The Forty Thieves
Main Actors: Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold, Florrie Forde
This 1930s theatre programme is for the performance The Forty Thieves, a pantomime, written and produced by Walter & Fredk. Melville; music composed and arranged by Charles J. Moore.
The programme has interesting advertisements with some illustrations. The pages of the programme are filled with marvellous photographs of the actors of the pantomime including Florrie Forde, Jimmy Gold and Charlie Naughton.
The cast and act list is presented across page 3,5,7. The programme is numbered 1-12, however there are 16 pages in total.
Charlie Naughton and Jimmy Gold where a popular comedy double act known as ‘Naughton and Gold’. Charlie Naughton, born Charles John Naughton (1886- 1979) in Scotland, met Jimmy Gold, another Scottish comedian, quite early on in his career. Jimmy Gold, was born Jimmy McGonigal, (1886 – 1967) in Scotland. As a young man Jimmy Gold started working for his family business of painting and decorating but eventually left the family business to follow his dream. He began his early stage career as a tap dancer under the name Jimmy Gold; when he met Charlie Naughton they teamed up and formed the dancing and comedy double act ‘Naughton and Gold’. In the early 30s they teamed up with two more double acts to form the famous, six-man comedy troupe, ‘The Crazy Gang’.
The programme is made up of off-white paper and printed in black, brown and white inks.
16 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H22cm x W14cm.