Theatre: Victoria Palace
Performance: Together Again
Main Actors: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold: The Crazy Gang
This late 1940s theatre programme is for the performance Together Again, presented by Jack Hylton featuring The Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace. The programme has a full-page advertisement on the back cover (page 4) of the programme with text and a black and white illustration. The cast list is presented across pages 2-3 and includes popular performers of the time including The Crazy Gang.
The Crazy Gang was six-man variety comedy troupe. In their pairs, they were known as ‘Flanagan and Allen’, ‘Nervo and Knox’ and ‘Naughton and Gold’. They were a singing, dancing, acrobatic, comic acting group. The joining of the group happened gradually in 1931, during performances called ‘The Crazy Week’. Nervo and Knox, Naughton and Gold where pulled together with other double acts to create a variety show. Later Flanagan and Allen were invited to join the show. They were not known officially as The Crazy Gang until 1937. The Crazy Gang had an extremely successful stage career and due to their popularity, they later on went to make such films as O-Kay For Sound (1937) and Life’s a Circus (1958).
Except for some Royal Variety Performances, Chesney Allen rarely performed with the Crazy Gang after 1945 and Eddie Gray re-joined the Gang in 1956
The programme is made from smooth paper and printed in blue, pink and black inks. The original red black and white seal sticker remains on the programme’s front and back cover page.
4 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H19cm x W13cm.