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10 December 2019Top of the Bill - Music Hall and Variety
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Top of the Bill - Music Hall and Variety Malcolm Jones Tuesday 10 December 2019

To be followed by mince pies and mulled wine and a raffle!

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The lecture..........................The urban population exploded in the 19th century and demanded to be entertained . The music halls grew out of the pubs and out of song and supper clubs and was a truly working class entertainment. The songs reflected the lives of their audience and the stars were the celebrities of the day. In the 20th century Music Hall developed into Variety theatre and served to the population it’s wonderfully eclectic mixture of acts from singers to magicians, eccentric dancers and comedians. The stars also began to use film and radio as a way to reach a wider audience.


The lecturer.....................Malcolm Jones studied at University of London and King’s College, London & RADA. He has worked as an actor, director and teacher and even backstage at the Royal Opera House. He was Workshop and Events Manager at the V&A Theatre Museum for 10 years. Since 2009 he has lectured on the V&A Short Course and Year Course Programme on Theatre and has worked on the Art and Expression Programme. He has taught at Rose Bruford College, Mountview Theatre School, The Actors Centre and RADA. He has written material for The National Theatre Education Department and contributed as a speaker on theatre to many television programmes while working at the Theatre Museum.