Category Archives: East End actors

10 historic East End theatres

View East End theatre map in a larger map Britannia Theatre Hoxton Hoxton Hall The Theatre Curtain Theatre Royal Cambridge Music Hall Red Lion Theatre Goodman’s Fields Theatre Half Moon Theatre Garrick Theatre Wilton’s Music Hall

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Bernard Bresslaw: much more than a Carry On actor

THE RESHOWING of a host of the Carry On films over Christmas was a glorious reminder of one of the East End of London’s most underestimated thespian talents, writes John Rennie. Underestimated? Surely this was a guy who was never … Continue reading

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Jacob Adler, from Odessa to Whitechapel to New York

He was a boxer, peddler and wedding crasher; married three times and with at least ten offspring; a failed singer from Odessa who became one of the great actors of the American stage. By the time he died in 1926 … Continue reading

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Carry On’s Bernard Bresslaw

WHEN king-size actor Bernard Bresslaw collapsed and died in June 1993 generations of Carry On fans mourned the loss of a giant comic talent. But his last role spoke volumes about the paradox of a well-read East End lad who … Continue reading

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Lionel Jeffries

He was known as the scene stealer par excellence, an actor whose performances were so ebulliently over the top that he could cast even a talent as towering as Peter Sellers into the shade. Lionel Jeffries, who has died aged … Continue reading

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