Founder and Executive Director
Adrian has 30 years experience in the theatre and creative arts as an actor, writer, producer, director and designer.
He was Artistic Director of Stage Door & New Moon Children’s Theatre Workshop and The Young Companions for 21 years, director of Dubarry’s Music Hall company for 12 years and ran his own TIE Puppet Theatre Company.
As a theatre costume designer, Adrian has created costumes for pantomime companies around the United Kingdom and for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Theatre credits: THE SECRET GARDEN (Mermaid Theatre), THE BLUEBIRD (Cochrane Theatre), THE SNOW QUEEN (Central Theatre), THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Marlowe Theatre), OLIVER TWIST (Hazlitt Theatre), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Greenwich Borough Hall), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (Broadway Theatre, Lewisham Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon & Woodville Halls, Gravesend) A GRAND OLD MUSIC HALL (Players's Theatre, Hoxton Hall), LONDON LIGHTS (Players' Theatre), DOG MEAT (Kings Head Islington), AN AUDIENCE WITH CHARLES DICKENS (Ambassadors Theatre BBC), WHITECHAPEL JACK (Player's Theatre).
Playwriting credits include: LONDON LIGHTS, WHITECHAPEL JACK, HAIRY FAIRY, PUDDLEWIG, TOGS AND HER MAGIC ROCKING HORSE, DUMPLY DUMP SLUP, TILZA, LITTLE ICKLE, CUPCAKE AND HER MAGIC SPOON, THE ADVENTURES OF SUGARMOUSE, MY NANA, BUGBEAR, A LONELY PLACE - THE MURDER OF JANE MARIA CLOUSEN, ALL THE NICE GIRLS.
Adrian has spent over 30 years supporting charitable causes. He worked 11 years in the care field and in that time developed TIE and reminiscience projects.
Adrian works tirelessly to ensure that the contribution made to our collective cultural heritage by great artistes of the golden age of music hall, musical comedy, Theatre and Variety is acknowledged and never forgotten.
Matthew is proud to be Chairman of The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America and has a passion for the history of Music Hall and its artistes.
Matthew spent 20 years with the Stage Door Children's Theatre Workshop. Through his association with DuBarry’s Music Hall Theatre Company, he has played Master of Ceremonies many times, even at the world famous Players’ Theatre and is regularly called upon to play Chairman for corporate and social functions.
Matthew regularly leads Music Hall themed Guided Walks in some of London’s most prestigious Cemeteries. He is also a Freelance Photographer and a Funeral Celebrant.
Theatre credits: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scrooge), LONDON LIGHTS (Warden), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (Mad Hatter, White Knight and White Rabbit), A GRAND OLD MUSIC HALL (Master of Ceremonies), WHAT THE DICKENS! (Charles Dickens), THE WILL OF SHAKESPEARE (Oberon, Richard III and Hecate). TV & Radio: AN AUDIENCE WITH CHARLES DICKENS and LET'S ALL GO TO THE MUSIC HALL (BBC Radio 4), WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? with Gareth Malone (BBC Sept 2015).
ACTRESS & SINGER
Shani began her studies at the age of 4 and won a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before embarking on her successful career in theatre, cabaret, film, television and radio. Her theatre credits include CALL ME MADAM, WISH YOU WERE HERE, HAPPY AS A KING, WONDERFUL TOWN, IRMA LA DOUCE, FINE FETTLE, KING COLE, GREEN ROOM RAGS, THE DAVE KING SHOW, THE BELLS ARE RINGING (Australia) BUS STOP, YOU’LL BE LUCKY, A TIME FOR SINGING (Broadway), COWARDLY CUSTARD, LUNCH, FINIANS RAINBOW, 42ND STREET, MAME, THE KING AND I, OLIVER!, SOUTH PACIFIC, FOLLIES, GYPSY as well as the pantomime ALADDIN.
Film credits include: A KING IN NEW YORK with Charles Chaplin, THE EXTRA DAY, RAMSBOTTOM RIDES AGAIN, MAYDAY AT 40,000 FEET, ARNOLD, ROUND NUMBERS, TERROR IN THE WAX MUSEUM and OLIVER!
Shani has also provided her voice talent for JUST WILLIAM (Radio), THE PEBBLE AND THE PENGUIN, THE MOJAVE PHONE BOOTH and DISNEY’S POCAHONTAS II and BASIL THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE.
TV credits include: TIN PAN ALLEY, STARTIME, POLICE STORY, GUNSMOKE, CHARLIES ANGELS, COLUMBO, MURDER SHE WROTE, NIGHT GALLERY, ON THE MOVE (Jack Jones Special), THE DANNY KAYE SHOW, THE GARRY MOORE SHOW, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE TOM JONES SHOW, THE RED SKELTON SHOW, THE ENGELBERT HUMPERDINK SHOW, THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW, THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, THE MICKIE FINN SHOW, TONIGHT SHOW, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, THE ANDY STEWART SHOW, THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW, THE DINAH SHORE SHOW, JOHNNY RAY SINGS, MONDAY DATE (Dickie Valentine) HOLLYWOOD PALACE, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE MORECOMBE AND WISE SHOW, HIGHWAY, GIVE US A CLUE and THE LIBERACE SHOW.
Shani has performed in Cabaret at: The Persian Room, The Waldorf, Copacabana in New York, The Sahara Hotel, The Riviera with Liberace, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Harold’s Club, Ciro’s, The London Palladium, the Disneyland Theatre and the Talk of the Town in London.
Shani has worked and toured with some of the greatest names in show business, including Jack Benny, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
Recordings include: SIXTEEN REASONS, TAKE MY LOVE, TEN LITTLE KISSES, BELL BOTTOM BLUES, BELIEVE IN ME, I’D GIVE YOU THE WORLD, WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY, SOMETHING IN THE AIR, FROM ATLANTA TO GOODBYE, OUR MELODY, THE TROLLEY SONG, SECOND HAND ROSE, PERSONALITY, THERE GOES MY HEART, PLEASE DON’T SAY NO, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME. Shani has also recorded a number of albums as well as original cast recordings.
FILM & THEATRE ACTOR
Mark Lester was an international child star at the age of eight for his role of Oliver Twist in the 1968 movie musical of Lionel Bart’s OLIVER!
Mark’s first film performance was at the tender age of six in ALLEZ FRANCE! His other film credits include THE COUNTERFEIT CONSTABLE, SPACEFLIGHT, FAHRENHEIT 451, OUR MOTHER’S HOUSE, RUN WILD RUN FREE with John Mills, MELODY with Jack Wild, BLACK BEAUTY, WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO, EYEWITNESS, REDNECK, NIGHT HAIR CHILD, SENZA RAGIONE, LITTLE ADVENTURER, SCALAWAG, THE FIRST TIME ON THE GRASS, THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER and LOVE UNDER THE ELMS.
TV credit include: THE HUMAN JUNGLE, DANGERMAN, COURT MARTIAL , THEN CAME BRONSON, THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR, THE BOY WHO STOLE THE ELEPHANT, DISNEYLAND and OLIVER! THE REUNION amongst many other TV guest appearances and interviews.
Mark says: “I would like to say what a privilege it is being a Patron of The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America. We must endeavour to preserve the memories from our past and pay homage to the great acts that have moulded and shaped the performers of today. We must never forget the great pioneers of the Music Hall for they indeed shaped our future of entertainment. Let us applaud The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America for keeping alive this wonderful art.
Sheila was lead singer with The Three Degrees pop group with fantastic hits as When Will I See You Again, Dirty Old Man, Take Good Care Of Yourself, My Simple Heart, The Runner, Woman In Love, amongst so many others including the themes for the movies The Golden Lady, The French Connection and Diamonds.
Theatre Credits include: ALWAYS with Shani Wallis, OH WHAT A NIGHT, SUMMER SEASON WITH BOBBY DAVRO, ROCK WITH LAUGHTER, BEHIND THE IRON MASK, HOT FLUSH, THE SONGS OF SISTER ACT, SOUL TRAIN, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, FAME THE MUSICAL as well as keeping up the Pantomime tradition with CINDERELLA, SNOW WHITE and ALADDIN.
TV Credits include: LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY, SOUL TRAIN, BROOKSIDE, THE PHIL DONAHUE SHOW, I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE, THE BRIAN CONLEY SHOW, THE BOBBY DAVRO SHOW, DES O CONNOR TONIGHT, LIVE AT THE PICADILLY, LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM, TOP OF THE POPS, DESMONDS, SANDFORD AND SON, THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW, IT’S CLIFF RICHARD, MUSICAL TIME MACHINE, THE GOLDEN SHOT, THE LES DAWSON SHOW, THEY SOLD A MILLION, SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MILL, THE SHIRLEY BASSEY SHOW, BRING ON THE GIRLS, WEDNESDAY AT EIGHT, THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW, THE MARTI CAINE SHOW, SUPERSONIC, SATURDAY BANANA, THE BERNARD MANNING SHOW, RONNIE CORBETT’S SUNDAY SPECIAL, MIKE YARWOOD IN PERSONS, AN EVENING WITH THE THREE DEGREES, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH PARADISE, TAKE THREE DEGREES, SUNDAY SUNDAY, THE MERV GRIFFITH SHOW, BLANKETY BLANK, WOGAN, HUDSON AND HALLS, LIVE AT HER MAJESTY’S, LONDON TONIGHT, GMTV, BLUE PETER, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY, AN AUDIENCE WITH FREDDIE STARR, COUNTDOWN, NIGHT FEVER, THE WEAKEST LINK, THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE, THIS MORNING, DISCOMANIA, AN AUDIENCE WITH JOE PASQUALE, COMIC RELIEF IN DA BUNGALOW, AN AUDIENCE WITH AL MURRAY, HELL’S KITCHEN, AVENUE OF THE STARS, BRAINIAC, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE/, BE MY BABY, CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF, LOOSE WOMEN, GRUMPY OLD WOMEN.
TV Credits in Japan include: 3rd Tokyo Music Festival, Music Fair ‘74, Memories of Tokyo Music Festival, TV Jockey, Yoruno Hit Studio, Kin-Lemo Kayoukyoku Maitta Tanukino Daihousou, Best 30 Kayoukyoku, Uwasano Channel, Yumeno Yakata, Music Fair ‘75, 4th Tokyo Music Festival, Ginza Now, Star Sen-Ichiya, Kayou Hit Plaza, Yoruno Hit Studio, Big Show, Utano Golden Stage, Muhammad Ali vs Antonio Inoki, Yoruno Hit Studio & Ginza Now
Sheila has performed extensively in Las Vegas at The Riviera, Caesars Palace and The Sands working with Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Dom Delouise, Sammy Davis Jnr, Jon Rivers, Ann Margaret, Buddy Greco, Jack Jones, Peter Lawford, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Jackie Gleason, Henry Fonda, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and others.
Sheila is also author of SOUL FOOD - Classic Cuisine of the American South.
The name Fenella Fielding is synonymous with wit, glamour and sophistication, whilst her uniquely seductive vocal skills make hers one of the most instantly recognisable voices in show business.
Fenella’s first important theatre role was Lady Parvula De Panzoust in Sandy Wilson’s legendary Firbank musical VALMOUTH, followed by PIECES OF EIGHT, a long-running West End revue co-starring Kenneth Williams. Since then, a wide variety of parts include Marion in ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR, Hedda in HEDDA GABLER, Jane in FALLEN ANGELS, Nora in A DOLL’S HOUSE, Berinthia in THE RELAPSE (modern dress), Laverta in THE OLD MAN’S COMFORTS, Lydia and Mrs. Malaprop in THE RIVALS, The Bawd in PERICLES, Nancy Mitford in DEAREST NANCY, DARLING EVELYN, Wallis Simpson in A DANGEROUS WOMAN, and the title role of COLETTE in New York. Three seasons at Chichester Festival include the 1980s revival of FALMOUTH playing her original role. Appearances at Edinburgh International Festival include revues, Sandy Wilson’s SEE YOU LATER, Steven Vinaver’s FIVE PLUS ONE (which transferred to London retitled TWISTS), her own theatre-cabaret FIELDING CONVERTIBLE (transferred to the Lyric, Hammersmith retitled FIELDING ON BROADWAY, W6), her own anthology programme A PERSONAL CHOICE, a double-bill of solo plays INSIDE STORIES (transferred to Kings Head, London). She has recently toured to great success in Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and as Lady Markby in Peter Hall’s production of AN IDEAL HUSBAND, and played both Bette Bourne and Mark Ravenhill in A LIFE IN THREE ACTS at Soho Theatre.
Performances with music include Prince Orlofsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Carl Rosa Opera: THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN and THE DAMNATION OF FAUST, both for BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall: FAÇADE with the Nash Ensemble and many others, innumerable Chaucer Festivals and recitals at many venues including Westminster Abbey. She was receiter and chanteuse in Matthew Hawkins’ ballet FRESH DANCES FOR THE LATE TCHIAKOWSKY, and Madame Pfeil, the non-singing actress in Motzart’s DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR in scenes specially written for her by Perry Pontac.
Television includes the Feydeau farce series OOH-LA-LA!, Cleopatra in THE IDES OF MARCH, Marcella in THE AUTOGRAPH, The Vixen in the UNCLE JACK series, DEAN MARTIN AND THE GOLD-DIGGERS (American sketch series), three guest star appearances on THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOW, THE GOOD OLD DAYS, THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, etc. Fenella has a guest starring role in THE LEGEND OF DICK AND DOM, to be screened this summer.
Films include CARRY ON SCREAMING, CARRY ON REGARDLESS, several DOCTOR films, DROP DEAD DARLING with Tony Curtis, Berinthia in LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS with Christopher Plummer, Maid Marian in ROBIN HOOD with George Segal, Mrs. Foxfur in Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson’s GUEST HOUSE PARADISO, Her Ladyship in TINCTURE OF VERVAIN, and Eve in WISHBABY.
Fenella has recorded several talking books, including T.S. Elliott’s THE FOUR QUARTETS, and innumerable radio credits, most recently Mrs. Skewton in Dickens’ DOMBEY AND SON for Radio 4.
In June 2008, Fenella was delighted to be featured on a postage stamp issued to celebrate the CARRY ON film series, and to be invited by Royal Mail to launch the stamp’s issue.
Anita trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Her theatre credits include BUDGIE with Adam, HELLO DOLLY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, TONIGHT AT EIGHT, CHARLEY’S AUNT, ARDELE, THE ALCHEMIST, EASTWARD HO!, THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, A NIGHT IN OLD PEKING, ROUGH CROSSING, MY LOVELY SHAYNA MAIDEL, HAMLET, THE ISLAND OF SLAVES, and FROZEN
Anita’s TV credits include COMING UP, GIGGLEBIZ. GET WELL SOON, NEW TRICKS, UP THE ELEPHANT AND ROUND THE CASTLE, SPLIT ENDS, DANGERFIELD, RED DWARF, SUNBURN, HOLBY CITY, HOTEL BABYLON, THE LAST DETECTIVE, THE STRETCH, URGAN GOTHIC, DOCTORS, FUN AT THE FUNERAL PARLOUR, THE STRETCH, HEARTS AND BONES, NCS MANHUNT, CHARLIE, THE BILL , DARKNESS FALLS, JUNK, THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT, THE REVENGERS’ COMEDIES, HIGHLANDER, NEW VOICES, THE FAMOUS FIVE, I’LL BE WATCHING YOU, CASUALTY, GO BACK OUT, BEYOND BEDLAM, SMOKESCREEN, THE FIREBOY, SEAVIEW KNIGHTS, WOOF!, RAB C, NESBITT, EUPHORIC SCALE, THE WORLD OF EDDIE WEARY, PARTNER’S IN CRIME, NANNY and LEAVE HIM TO HEAVEN.
Anita will always be remembered for her portrayal of Angie Watts in the BBC’s soap EASTENDERS .
In 2012, Anita appeared as one of the contestants in BBC's STRICTLY COME DANCING.
Anita says: “I have always loved Music Hall since being introduced to it at Drama school. I find the songs and the wonderful stories and characters quite enchanting. I have performed in Music Hall and my grandfather was a keen admirer of all these performers, so in many ways, it has been handed down to me! I feel it would be tragic to lose touch with Music Hall songs and the wonderful people who performed them. It is part of our history, as well as fabulous entertainment in it’s own right. Long may it last!”
Jessie Wallace is one of Britain’s much loved award winning TV Soap actresses and we are over the moon that she has chosen to become a patron of our theatre charity.
Jessie started her professional career as a media and theatrical make up artist, before auditioning and graduating from The Poor School.
Jessie's theatre credits include STEPPING OUT, RENT, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES and HAUNTED.
Her television appearances include; THE BILL, FRENCH AND SAUNDERS, THE FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECT, A CLASS APART, THE DINNER PARTY andWILD AT HEART. Jessie has portrayed some iconic ladies in her time, including the late Pat Phoenix in FLORIZEL STREET (The Road To Coronation Street) and the great Marie Lloyd in MARIE LLOYD - QUEEN OF THE MUSIC HALL.
Jessie is probably best known for the role as Kat Slater in the BBC soap opera EASTENDERS and we congratulate Jessie for winning the Best Actress at the 2011 British Soap Awards .
Nick made his professional acting debut in the 1980 revival of the Whitehall farce SIMPLE SPYMEN, directed by Brian Rix, and later went on to play opposite Brian in the West End revival of DRY ROT. In 1982 he won the Perrier award at Edinburgh with the revue group, WRITERS INC. Nick's theatre credits include: CASH ON DELIVERY, THE SLOANE RANGER REVUE and NEWSREVUE in the West End; national tours of OKLAHOMA, OUTSIDE EDGE, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, and as Samuel Pepys; a Middle & Far East tour of the Bedroom Farce; FUNNY MONEY and A BEDFUL OF FORIGNERS in Singapore & Kuala Lumpur; OUT OF ORDER and IIT RUNS IN THE FAMILY with Ray Cooney on P&O’s 2007 and 2008 World Cruises;
Nick's television series (as performer and writer) include CARROTT'S LIB, HELLO MUM, FAST FORWARD, PLAYAWAY, NUMBER 73, JACKANORY and WYSIWYG. Other writing credits include sketches for NOT THE NINE O'CLOCK NEWS, THREE OF A KIND, SPITTING IMAGE, and SMITH AND JONES. Other TV appearances include THE BILL (3 times), CASUALTY, DOCTORS, HEARTBEAT, BONKERS, JACKANORY (5 times), 2 series of BIG MEG, LITTLE MEG, SCOOP, NUZZLE AND SCRATCH, NOAK'S ARK. The BBC films THE PLANT and GLAMOUR NIGHT and with Paul Merton, Omid Djalii, Keith Allen, Jim Tavare and Jerry Sadowitz; from time to time Nick also pops up in EASTENDERS playing Mr Lister, the Market Inspector.
On radio, Nick was in three series of SON OF CLICHE and IN ONE EAR, which both won Sony awards for best comedy
For an amazing 11 years Nick has secured his place as one of Britain’s best-loved PANTOMIME DAME keeping up this wonderful tradition performing in theatres all around the United Kingdom. For the 2011/12 season Nick will return as dame in Jack and the Beanstalk for UK Productions at Bournemouth. Find out more @ www.nickwilton.com
Nick is married to the actress LYNNETTE McMORROUGH
We are absolutely thrilled and delighted that the multi-talented Nick is one of our treasured Patrons.
Lynnette trained at the Arts Educational School and joined the Chichester Festival Theatre Company.
She created the part of Angel Jelly in their original production of the musical FOLLOW THE STAR. She reprised the role in the sequel, MAKE ME A WORLD, and then went to Hong Kong with the company for CYRANO DE BERGERAC and OTHELLO.
Her many subsequent theatre credits include ONCE A CATHOLIC, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN and THE ELEPHANT MAN in the West End; BLITHE SPIRIT at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Derby Playhouse; BREATH OF SPRING and HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at Bromley; STEAMING, ROMEO & JULIET, ELSIE AND NORM’S MACBETH and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Worcester; SYLVIA'S WEDDING (written for her by Jimmy Chinn) at Oldham; JOKING APART and SWEET REVENGE at the Theatre Royal, Windsor; and RELATIVELY SPEAKING at Winchester; national tours of SAFARI PARTY, HAUNTED HOTEL, PRESENT LAUGHTER, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, DANGEROUS CORNER, LITTLE WOMEN, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, GASLIGHT, THE RIVALS, TABLE MANNERS, NOISES OFF, DEATHTRAP, ‘ALLO,’ALLO, DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, ONE FOR THE POT, I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE, A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED, THE HEIRESS and STRAIGHT AND NARROW; and with Ray Cooney in his two farces, OUT OF ORDER and IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY on P&O’s 2007 and 2008 World Cruises.
On Television, Lynette is, of course, best remembered as Glenda Brownlow in the original CROSSROADS.
Lynnette is married to the actor NICK WILTON.
For the past 11 years Lynette’s has delighted audiences as The Fairy in PANTOMIME around the United Kingdom and we are absolutely elated that the lovely Lynette is one of our treasured Patrons.
Lorraine is one of Britain's popular actresses and personalities.
She started out on a successful modelling career before the highly acclaimed Campari TV commercials with her catch phrases “Nice Ere Innit” and “No Luton Airport” changed the course of her working life.
Lorraine's TV credits include THE OTHER ARF, LAME DUCKS, WORZEL GUMMIDGE, THE ROLAND RAT SHOW, CASUALTY, THE BILL, LOCK STOCK, MY FAMILY, BLANKETY BLANK, MICHAEL PARKINSON SHOW and EMMERDALE.
Film credits: LOVE AND BULLETS with Charles Bronson.
Theatre Credits: THE UNDERTAKING with Kenneth Williams, PYGMALION (Eliza Dolittle), MR AND MY GIRL (Sally Smith), RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, KET FOR TWO, THE LATE EDWINA BLACK, LOVE ME SLENDER, SINGING IN THE RAIN (Lena Lamont), SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Alan Bennett’s TALKING HEADS – BED AMONTH THE LENTILS, AN EVENING WITH ELSIE PARSONS,
Lorraine is regular presenter and broadcaster and was one of the commentators for the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, HOLIDAY, FRIDAY’S PEOPLE, IT’S MY PLEASURE, THE YEAR IN QUESTION, THIS MORNING and GREAT ESCAPES. She was thrilled and honoured to have worked with the Norman Wisdom in the radio play ROBIN HOOD. Presented for radio: a documentary on theHISTORY OF TELEVISION’S ADVERTISING for Radio 2. Sang Noel Coward on THE BEST OF BRITISH, broadcast live from The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She also presented a series on PERSONAL FINANCE for LBC following the success of her book MONEY AND HOW TO MAKE MORE OF IT.
In 2011 Lorraine appeared as a camp mate in ITV's I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE.
ACTRESS & SINGER
Jessica is a truly multi-talented west end actress, comedienne, singer and graphic novelist.
Her theatre credits include: SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake), SUNSET BOULEVARD (Norma Desmond), MARGUERITE, TRACEY BEAKER GETS REAL, TASTE THE LOVE (Chantelle), EXCLUSIVE YARNS (Pippa), ME, MYSELF AND I (Myself), LARKIN WITH WOMEN (Maeve), SWEENEY TODD (Mrs Lovett), A SAINT SHE AIN’T (Trudy), CANDIDA (Miss Proserpine), THE SURPRISE PARTY (Liz), SOUTH PACIFIC (Nelly Forbush}, MACK AND MABEL (Mabel), SWINGTIME CANTEEN (Marian Ames), LONELY HEARTS (Annie), THE COURT JESTER (Alice Peres), SHAKERS (Adele), THE CARD (Ruth), THE CASE OF THE DEAD FLAMINGO (Gussie), ME AND MY GIRL (Sally Smith), BABES IN ARMS (Bunny), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Dorothy), CINDERELLA (Cinderella).
TV & Film credits: THE ASTONISHED HEART, FAMILY ALBUM, DOCTOR WHO, THE GARDEN, SHALOM.
Jessica's Cabaret and One Woman shows include: ALL AMERICAN SONGBOOK, MY HEART STOOD STILL., A MARVELLOUS PARTY, JESSICA MARTIN CABARET, SUNSET BITCH, BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH, LETS KICK ARTS, VERONIQUE – A LIFELONG CULT.
Jessica is also a talented graphic novelist. Her debut book IT GIRL out now
We are indebted to Jessica for her encouragement, support and friendship.
Jessica says "When the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America invited me to perform at the memorial service commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lupino Lane’s death I didn’t hesitate to accept.
I was first aware of Lupino Lane when I starred in ‘Me And My Girl’, which was originally staged as a vehicle for the boundless talents of Mr Lane. I knew that he had come from a long line of music hall entertainers. The success of Gary Wilmot as Bill Snibson was due in no small way to the skills he had honed in the variety world; the natural ‘son’ of music hall.
The world has changed since that halcyon run of some twenty years ago but I hear that plans are afoot for a big revival of the show. In the same way, I feel that the time has come for a major rediscovery of the charms of music hall. When we live in a media crazy age where technology is king, we hunger for the novelty of personality. The music hall entertainers had bags of it and their acts and songs reflected the tastes and mores of their times just as our stand ups aspire to today .
I salute the work of the Music Hall Guild in their pledge to restore the memory of the music hall performers through their honouring of the now forgotten music hall stars.
The Lupino Lane memorial was one such occasion and it was executed with great taste and feeling. I am excited at the prospect of being involved with future projects. Today’s generation are about to enjoy a treasure trove of music hall gems!"
DANCER, ACTRESS, CHOREOGRAPHER,
PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR
Karin has been a soloist with the Cincinnati Opera Ballet Company, and performed with Alan Howard’s Pacific Ballet Company.
On television she performed as a dancer on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, and on Broadway in GEORGE M! starring Joel Gray, DIFFERENT TIMES, and GOODTIME CHARLIE and danced in COCO with the legendary Katherine Hepburn.
Karin was Director/ Choreographer for six years of IBM recognition events. She choreographed a series of musicals in Spanish at the Fabregas & Insurgentes Theatres in Mexico City, staging THE MAGIC SHOW in Johannesburg, South Africa and DRACULA in Madrid as well. She was a founding member of the American Dance Machine and it was through her work with Lee Theodore that she came to the attention of Gower Champion, who instantly offered her the job as his assistant on the original 42nd STREET. On Mr. Champion’s death, she assumed responsibility for maintaining the high quality of the show, and recreated 42nd STREET for two national companies and the London production at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She was assistant choreographer to Gillian Gregory on ME AND MY GIRL for the Broadway production. Her work, BACH SUITE, a tap ballet, was commissioned by the Dance Ellington Company and had its world premiere at Town Hall in New York City. Off Broadway, she choreographed EXIT MUSIC based on a Noel Coward short story. Karin has directed productions of COLE, GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, and SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM for the Blowing Rock Stage Company in North Carolina. She wrote and directed with Tony Parise, THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS, based on the life and music of Sophie Tucker, which had its World Premiere at the Blowing Rock Stage Company. The production then played to sold-out houses at the Steel City Theatre in Pittsburgh and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM, A Patriot Revue, had it’s World Premiere in Philadelphia two seasons ago and was created by Karin. Her most recent work, a new musical based on J. Hartley Manner’s PEG O’ MY HEART, and will be produced in the near future. Karin has been working with the Cole Porter Trust and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization developing new works chronicling the lives of our great American lyricists and composers. THE MELODY LINGERS ON, The Songs of Irving Berlin, with dialogue from Mary Ellin Barrett’s book IRVING BERLIN: A Daughter’s Memoir, created and directed by Karin has been published by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. The show has been presented throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, has completed a tour of the Netherlands, and a production was recently produced in Los Angeles starring Kathryn Crosby.
Karin is married to Greg Kayne.
Karin and Greg are a great source of light and inspiration for The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America and we are indebted to them for their unwavering support and encouragement.
Greg began his theatrical career at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City, under the direction of Erwin Piscator.
He entered the United States Army, and was immediately assigned to the 300th Special Services Company. In the course of his two year tour of duty, he produced and or directed over 60 Soldier Shows.
Upon his discharge from the Service, he became involved with a series of Musical Tents throughout the United States, producing musical comedies and operettas in arena stages. During this period, he was engaged to recreate the Broadway production of MY FAIR LADY in Mexico City. He stayed on as associate producer to a Mexican production company, and was responsible for bringing SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, MARRIAGE GO ROUND, ON BORROWED TIME and a host of other American plays in Spanish to Mexico City and it’s environs.
Returning to New York after staging MY FAIR LADY again in Argentina and Brazil, he joined Alan Jay Lerner Productions as an Associate to Mr. Lerner for eight years. In that capacity, he was involved in the Broadway presentations of ON A CLEAR DAY and COCO.
Mexico beckoned once more and he was again involved in the in Spanish productions of BRIGADOON, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, KISMET, MAME, and PIPPIN. DRACULA was another project in both Mexico City and Madrid, and THE MAGIC SHOW in Mexico and South Africa. He was also the New York representative instrumental in bringing attractions such as RUDOLF NUREYEV, PAUL TAYLOR COMPANY, DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, and others to the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Greg is multi-talented in the field of the arts and is an accomplished designer and lyricist.
Greg is married to Choreographer/Director Karin Baker.
Greg and Karin are a great source of light and inspiration for The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America and we are indebted to them for their unwavering support and encouragement.
Gillian trained as a dancer and began dancing professionally at the age of 15 appearing in various theatre productions, cabaret and TV. In 1967 she became assistant to Gary Cockrell who founded the original Dance Centre in Floral Street, Covent Garden. There she went on the teach Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet for the next six years.
Gillian's first job as choreographer was in Ken Russell's film, The Boyfriend. This was followed by Mahler, Tommy and Valentino. She also choreographed Alan Parkers Bugsy Malone and The Wall as well as Reds, Return of the Jedi, Top Secret and Privates of Parade.
Her West End theatre credits include Dames at Sea, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret, The Wiz, Mack and Mabel, Bashville, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, A Night in Old Pekin, A servant of two masters and the award winning Me and My Girl both in London and on Broadway.
We are thrilled to have Gillian as Patron and friend of our theatre charity.