Theatre: Victoria Palace
Performance: Clown Jewels
Main Actors: Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold, Eddie Gray.
This Crazy Gang theatre programme is for the performance Clown Jewels presented by Jack Hylton in 1959 at the Victoria Palace. The programme has interesting advertisements with some detailed illustrations photographs of the performers. The cast list is presented across page 7 & 8. The programme seal sticker still remains on the front and back cover pages.
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 of smooth paper and printed in purple black, grey, white inks. 12 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H22cm x W15cm.