This page includes a number of video clips that will be of interest to fans of the Players' Theatre and music hall in general.
For more videos, visit the video section of the British Music Hall Society.
Players' 75th anniversary
We celebrated our 75th anniversary in style at the Leicester Square Theatre.
Musical Contexts - The Story of Music Hall
Ridgeway's Late Joys
'EMG Colonel' has created a number of Youtube clips featuring tracks from a recording of a Players' show made in 1939.
May 1939 - Chairman : Leonard Sachs
1)"Oh The Fairies" - THE AUDIENCE
2) Sons of the Sea - : Bernard Miles
3) A Bird in a Gilded Cage - Megs Jenkins
4 ) I was one od 'Em - Archie Barradine
The Good Old Days
The Good Old Days was a BBC television programme inspired by the success of the "Ridgeway's Late Joys" at the Players' Theatre Club. The show which ran from 1953 to 1983. It was performed at the Leeds City Varieties and recreated an authentic atmosphere of the music hall with songs and sketches performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes. The audience dressed in period costume and joined in the singing, especially "Down at the Old Bull and Bush" which closed the show. The show was compered by Leonard Sachs. In the course of its run it featured about 2,000 performers.
Below is a small selection of Youtube clips of this long-running BBC One TV show.
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The Players' Theatre - Covent Garden (1938)
Hattie Jacques at The Players' Theatre
This very brief film clip of Hattie Jacques was shot in 1955 and is part of 'Tonight in Britain', a short documentary made to be shown in-flight to tourists travelling from the USA to the UK. It was directed by Gerry Bryant who was a member of the Players' Theatre from its earliest days in Albemarle Street to the club's closing in 2002.
The Chairman was Don Gemmell and the Pianist, Betty Lawrence. Also seen in the audience are Robin Hunter & Bill Shine.