Theatre: London Palladium
Performance: London Rhapsody
Main Actors: Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold, Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox.
This colourful theatre programme is made up of substantial, smooth cream
paper printed in blue, grey, black and yellow ink. The front cover has an art deco inspired abstract illustration of London with historical famous London landmarks. The programme is filled with advertisements relative to the era and some of the advertisements are accompanied with detailed illustrations.
London Rhapsody is a fun and lively variety production by George Black. The cast list is presented across pages 4 -10 and includes a popular selection of variety acts including Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen, Charlie Naughton & Jimmy Gold, Jimmy Nervo & Teddy Knox; a six-man variety comedy troupe, The Crazy Gang.
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 were 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 12 pages including front and back cover page; approx. H25cm x