OUR COMMEMORATIVE BLUE PLAQUES
The erecting and unveiling of commemorative blue plaques to people associated with Music Hall and Theatre form a very important part of our work.
HETTY KING, one of Britain's much loved music hall stars and male impersonators was the very first recipient of our commemorative blue plaques. Hetty was a true professional who trod the boards from the age of three. The most famous of her songs was Ship Ahoy! otherwise known as 'All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor.
Our plaque to Hetty was erected at her last home at 17 Palmerston Road, Wimbledon, which is just around the corner from the New Wimbledon Theatre.
MARIE KENDALL was one of Britain's much love music hall stars. She trod the boards from a very early age and was a fine comedienne. Her most famous song was 'Just Like The Ivy, I'll Cling To You', which she was asked to sing thousands of times over to her public.
Marie Kendall's children Pat, Moya and Terry followed in her theatrical footsteps, as did her grandchildren, most notably the beautiful Kay Kendall (star of the movie 'Genevieve' and the wife of Rex Harrison) who passed away too soon. Grandson Cavan Kendall became a fine actor, as did granddaughters Kim Kendall and Fiona Kendall, who we are thrilled to have as Honorary Patrons.
Marie Kendall's commemorative blue plaque was erected in September 2011 at her last home at Okeover Manor, Clapham Common Northside.
MARIE STUDHOLME was a very famous musical comedy actress and dancer, who become one of the most photographed beauties of her era, alongside that of Gladys Cooper and Gabrielle Ray. Marie is also known as being one of George Edwardes's Gaiety Girls.
Our plaque to Marie Studholme was unveiled at her last home of Croftway, off Finchley Road on the anniversary of her passing, 10th March 2012 and we also restored her final resting place at East Finchley Cemetery.