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Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre - Mike Winters of Mike and Bernie Fame

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Memories of the Victoria Palace Theatre

Click the thumbnail to see 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.

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

Click the thumbnail to see 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.

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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