Theatre: Victoria Palace
Performance: Ring Out the Bells
Main Actors: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold.
This 1950s theatre programme is made up of smooth cream paper and printed in black, red, yellow, white and black Inks.
The programme has interesting advertisements with some detailed illustrations and photographs. The original blue and white seal sticker remains on the front and back cover. The cast list is presented across page 5 & 6 and includes popular performers of the time, The Crazy Gang.
The Crazy Gang were 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 creation 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 the 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).
The programme is made up of 8 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H19cm x W13cm.
Condition Code: 4: Original staples still remain, no rusting and firmly secured. No evidence of foxing. No tears. Overall the condition of the programme is good for its age.