Theatre: Victoria Palace
Performance: These Foolish Kings
Main Actors: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold, Eddie Gray
This distinctive silver theatre programme is for the performance of Jack Hylton’s These Foolish Kings in 1956 at the Victoria Palace theatre; the show ran for 882 performances.
The programme has interesting illustrated advertisements and an excellent black and white photograph of the Gang on page 5.
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 up of 12 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H22cm x W15cm.
Condition Code: 4: The seal sticker has been peeled off the front cover page but remains on the back cover. The original staples remain and pages firmly secured. No foxing. No tears. Overall the condition of the programme is really good condition for its age.