Category Archives: East End theatre

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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The end of Yiddish theatre

A century ago it was the hottest ticket in town. Yiddish theatres all around the East End would pack in thousands, with several shows a night. And visiting actors from as far afield as Eastern Europe and the United States … Continue reading

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Henny Youngman in the East End of London

When Henny Youngman died on February 24, 1998, at the age of 91 in Manhattan, New York, the world of comedy lost the last of a generation. Henny was known as the ‘King of the One Liners’ in a career … Continue reading

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Lionel Blair in the East End

Dancer Lionel Blair inherited his show business flair from his mum and dad, who were dance mad East Enders. Dad was Myer Ogus, a Russian barber whose great passion in life was ballroom dancing. He met Della Greenbaum, his wife-to-be … Continue reading

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Simon Blumenfeld … an obituary

When Sidney Vauncez died in April this year, he ceded his place in the Guinness Book of Records … as the world’s oldest working journalist on a nationally available weekly paper. At the age of 97 he was still penning … Continue reading

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Bernard Delfont in Whitechapel

Bernard Delfont in Whitchapel by John Rennie Bernard Delfont in Brick Lane Three-year-old Boris Winogradsky stood bawling his eyes out. He was lost and a long way from home. To make things worse, he was trying to speak Russian to … Continue reading

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The Half Moon Theatre

It’s often said that the 1960s didn’t really happen until the 1970s. That was when the alternative ideas, creativity and challenges to the established order really started happening – briefly at least. So it was that an East End theatre … Continue reading

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