Theatre: Stoll Theatre, Kingsway
Performance: Hi – Di – Hi
Main Actors: Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen, Eddie Gray, Gwen Cateley, Florence Desmond.
This war-time programme is for the comedy and variety performance of Hi-Di-Hi, presented by Jack Hylton at the Stoll Theatre, Kingsway. The cast and act list is presented across page 2 & 3 and includes popular performers of the time including Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen, Florence Desmond, Gwen Catley and Eddie Gray.
In 1926 Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen teamed up whilst performing for the Florrie Forde Show and became the comic double act ‘Flanagan and Allen’ performing comedy sketches and song. As the pair’s popularity grew, in the early 1930s, Flanagan and Allen became a part of the gradual creation of the successful entertaining troupe, ‘The Crazy Gang’.
Bud Flanagan, was London born as Chaim Reuben Weintrop, (1896 – 1968). He became a famous comedian and had a successful career on both stage and screen. He was a very popular world-renown performer particularly remembered for entertaining the troops during WWII and keeping up moral. From a young adult, Bud Flanagan had the good fortune to travel and perform around the globe; in 1915 he enlisted into the during the First World War. During his time in the army he met a Sergeant-Major Flanagan who, by some accounts, inspired the stage name that Bud Flanagan adopted. Chesney Allen was the other half of Flanagan and Allen. Chesney Allen (1894 – 1982) was born William Ernest Chesney Allen and was a popular English entertainer born in London, England. Chesney Allen first started acting on the stage as a serious actor in 1912. In the mid-1920s Chesney Allen having turned toward comedy, joined up with Bud Flanagan and created a successful double act.
The programme is made up of 4 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H19cm x W13cm.