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Neil Sean's Hall of Fame

(A Monthly look at some of the Stars of Theatre, and the Venues they performed in, all with Video Presentations and short articles to accompany them)

Memories of "The Met" Edgware Road - Memories of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Memories of Brighton Theatres - Memories of The London Coliseum - Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre - Mike Winters of Mike and Bernie Fame - Other interviews on this site by Neil Sean include:- Des O'Connor - Alan Scott - Mike Winters - Ann Montini

Memories of "The Met" Edgware Road

Memories of the Met
Memories of the Met

In this latest film we look at one of London's most talked about gems of the Matcham era – The Metropolitan Theatre, Edgware Road – London. As we discover many stars owe their big break to the venue which also became a film icon itself thanks to the wonderful 1949 Ealing Movie "The Blue Lamp" which starred Jack Warner for the first time as PC George Dixon.

Others touched upon include the late great comedian Larry Grayson, who later found fame in hit game show "The Generation Game", plus budding teen idols Jim Dale and Marty Wilde, Hank Marvin, and TV mogul Johnnie Hamp, plus a nod to one of the North's greatest ever comedians, Frank Randle.

The building's site today is of course Paddington Green police station which is also now due to be knocked down.

Enjoy this latest stroll down memory lane with Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

Memories of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane by Neil Sean

Neil Sean and Bonnie Langford at Drury Lane

Memories of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Memories of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

In our latest short film, we take you back to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, home to so many events over the years, and when it finishes its run of 42nd Street on January 5th, 2019, it will close while Lord Webber refurbishes the theatre and reopens in two years' time.

42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneWe were filming over a year at the theatre for the hit musical "42nd" Street so had a good look around the historical venue and yes it really does have a ghost!

In the film we talk about how 007 Sean Connery himself went through that famous stage door along with some forgotten favourites in the style of Ivor Novello and Sir Noel Coward.

We could not leave out another Welsh diva though and that was of course Dorothy Squires who famously hired the theatre when no one else would give her work. Bravo Dot.

I recaWith Sheena Easton at Drury Lanell meeting the late great Frankie Vaughn and how Rex Harrison became a huge West End star on that stage with a young Julie Andrews too.

We give a nod to the many Royal shows that have played there and above all hope you With Bonnie Langford at Drury Laneenjoy our trip down memory lane once more, or should that be Drury lane?

Until next time all the best, Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

Memories of Brighton Theatres, by Neil Sean

Neil Sean Remembers Theatres of Brighton
Neil Sean Remembers Theatres of Brighton

Like everyone when on holiday us theatre folk are never quite on holiday are we? so armed with a small camera and look around the Regency Town of Brighton I decided to recall some of the great theatres the town has and had.

The Old Palace Pier theatre was and remains a mystery but more of that in the film and then we went onto the still vibrant Theatre Royal along with the ghost!

The Brighton Hippodrome in September 2018 - Courtesy Neil Sean.However, the saddest part of the trip was the way the local council have let the once glorious Hippodrome on Middle Street to look so badly defaced and yet what remains inside is something still of a gem that could easily be brought back to life.

Left - The Brighton Hippodrome in September 2018 - Courtesy Neil Sean.

There is a Save Brighton Hippodrome Group so get involved if you want this to be saved and reopened but I do hope you enjoy this latest film and recall, like myself, the glorious hot sunny days of summer season, the Beatles, Frankie Vaughan and the Hollywood legends that were Laurel and Hardy, all booked by of course by the Grade Organisation.

Sit back relax and enjoy.

Until next month...

Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

Memories of The London Coliseum, by Neil Sean

Neil Sean at the London Coliseum.

Neil Sean's Memories of the London Coliseum.
Neil Sean's Memories of the London Coliseum.

Since 1904 the London Coliseum has stood proud on St Martin's Lane and has played host to every major star of the last hundred years. In this film theatre historian Neil Sean recounts some fascinating tales, and just how, even today, the famous Frank Matcham designed gem of a Theatre remains as popular as ever. Recall the start of television right here in 1930, and just how did Queen Mary create a stir in the Royal Box! Plus, the ever wonderful Tommy Steele.

Enjoy.

Until next month...

Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre, by Neil Sean

Neil Sean's Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre London.
Neil Sean's Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre London.

Frank Matcham helped design and build the Victoria Palace in 1911. It has been used for variety and musical productions for practically all its life since then, in this short film (shown right) we celebrate some of the many achievements of this wonderful iconic theatre.

In 1960 it was the home of the Royal Variety Performance which starred the delightful Max Bygraves and the star of Las Vegas, Liberace, plus a great nod to a exquisite performer in Miss Marion Ryan. We also look at the work of Impresario Jack Hylton and one show that now is almost forgotten but for a time was one of the most successful shows at the Victoria palace. The Black and White Minstrels shows.

Today its home to the record-breaking musical Hamilton and the beautiful restoration work carried out by Delfont Mackintosh makes sure the theatre will thrive for many decades to come.

Enjoy.

Until next month...

Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

Mike Winters of Mike and Bernie Fame, by Neil Sean

Neil Sean's 50 minute interview with Mike Winters.
Neil Sean's 50 minute interview with Mike Winters.

I first met Mike Winters on the North Pier in Blackpool as a young child – I loved the duo and found them like so many to be very funny – Many now of course have forgotten the duo and often even in countdowns on TV shows they are left off in favour of Eric and Ernie which is such a shame as they really were fun guys to know.

Right - Click the thumbnail to see Neil Sean's 50 minute interview with Mike Winters.

A few years later and now in TV I was lucky enough to get Mike to come along to the studios here in London at Westminster Live to record what would be his final ever full-length chat over tea about his latest book – From the off it was a laugh simply because the young girl taking Mike around had so little interest she fell asleep while we chatted all about his career and success along with his late brother Bernie. Like all young PR people today she showed no shame in this and simply said "its been a long week "leaving myself and Mike in convulsions again...

Neil Sean meets Mike Winters in this exclusive interview for arthurlloyd.co.uk.People also may have forgotten that Mike in a tour with the new singing sensation Tommy Steele was a fiasco behind the scenes, but good publicity, and it led to the BBC producer Jack Good coming to see Tommy, and instead offering Mike and Bernie a spot-on TV in the music series the 6.5 Special in 1957. This made them easily recognised in the street for the first time.

Left - Neil Sean meets Mike Winters in this exclusive interview for arthurlloyd.co.uk.

They did 6.5 Special for 12 months, and afterwards felt that, unfortunately for them, it had inflated their egos. Bernie accepted a film contract from the producer Cubby Broccoli but insisted that his brother share his substantial film earnings.

Mike Winters of Mike and Bernie Fame. Mike did a few situation comedies and took up agenting – including representing Engelbert Humperdinck when he was still going by the name Gerry Dorsey. Eng told me that he loved working with Mike as "he totally understood what the act needed and so played well on that."

In this interview Mike reveals all with great relish about his time working with so many great comics from Albert Modley to Frank Randle and the whole Blackpool scene of that era – Mike also speaks on the Royal Variety shows that they both appeared and finally sets to rest the on-going myth about the brothers falling out

A true variety giant and so very pleased to have spent time with Mike Winters. I know when watching this interview, you will too.

Enjoy.

Until next month...

Neil Sean.

This Article was written by Neil Sean and kindly sent in by him, along with the video interview, for exclusive publication on www.arthurlloyd.co.uk and may not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior consent. Images and Video Courtesy Neil Sean and Maycon Productions.

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