Theatre: Victoria Palace
Performance: Jokers Wild
Main Actors: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold.
This colourful programme is made up of cream paper and printed in yellow, white, black, red and grey inks. The front cover is a dramatic red background with photos of the faces of Nervo, Knox, Flanagan, Naughton and Gold donned with illustrated jester hats on their heads.
The programme has interesting advertisements with some illustrations and some excellent photographs of some of the performers.
The cast list is presented across page 7 & 8 and includes five members of The Crazy Gang: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold. The programme’s seal sticker in red and white still remains on the cover pages.
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 from 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).
The programme is made up of 12 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H22cm x W14cm.