Most popular Variety shows, music hall, cabaret books
The most popular Variety shows, music hall, cabaret books currently available. Updated weekly.
Step below the pavements of Soho's Beak Street, and discover the untold tale of the exotic - and scandalous - Murray's Cabaret Club
For more than sixty years Ken Dodd discomknockerated audiences in packed venues across Britain with his unique blend of madcap humour. Affectionate, enlightening and entertaining, this biography is a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.
A new paperback edition of the story of Jack Cardiff's life in films, first as a camerman and then as a director, including his early use of the new Technicolour film camera and recreating his days on the music hall circuit during the 1920s and 30s with anecdotes about his experiences photographing the world's beautiful actresses.
Featuring the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a bold, bright, and beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhilarating exploration of what drag means to its greatest artists.
The League of Exotic Dancers (LED) are a group of mid-twentieth century burlesque dancers who continue to perform today off the well-known strip in "Old Vegas." Through documentary photography and ethnographic interviews, Regehr and Temperley examine these dancers, who like "Old Vegas" itself, keep performing 60 years past their supposed prime.
A tribute to the stage act, Le Petomane.
From music hall to chicken farm, the building in Glasgow's Trongate that houses one of the oldest surviving music hall in Britain boasts a remarkable story in the history of popular entertainment.
A heart-warming nostalgia memoir from a member of the world famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. Based in London in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Irene's story will transport readers back to a more innocent, simple way of life.
Glasgow has always been known for its live music and its buildings and venues that play host to local and touring acts are much loved. Written by various music writers, Dear Green Sounds tells the story of Glasgow's music history though time and buildings.
Invites us to step back into an era when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was a true art form. This title reveals the personal journeys of yesteryear's icons of female sexuality and power, restoring their legacy to an age that has all but forgotten them - despite resurgence of the art of burlesque.
Beginning as a variety show with ribald humour and satirical political skits, burlesque branched out to become an empowering artful expression as well as a nostalgic nod to our past, both socially and politically. If you've ever been to a burlesque show, you've felt that charge in the air.
The heartwarming, hilarious story of the legendary entertainer
'Brilliantly told ... The extraordinary story of a boy, a drag queen, and a nation' Graham Norton
Shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize; former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the story of the British music hall.
In the first major academic work to examine British variety theatre, Double provides a detailed history of this art form and analyses its performance dynamics and techniques. Encompassing singers, comedians, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists and diverse speciality acts, this vibrant book draws on a series of new interviews with variety veterans.
* Describes in detail the birth of variety theatre * Details the most famous and established acts such as Max Miller who was renowned for being Risque and Gracie Fields a well known singer and comedienne * Describes new threats to theatre including radio, the birth of rock 'n' roll and television and details the variety theatres eventual demise
Harriet J. Manning argues that the nineteenth-century blackface minstrelsy's legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson, in whom minstrelsy's gestures and tropes are embedded. The author further contends that minstrelsy's assumptions and uses have been fundamental to the troubles and controversies with which Jackson was beset.