1938, London Coliseum

9th November, 1938

His Majesty King George VI
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Compere: George Black

Musical Director: Jack Frere

No-one could have foreseen the onslaught of War on the horizon, but the 1938 Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Coliseum for the first time in ten years, was to be the last until 1945. The finale of the show, involving around 150 artistes, was the biggest ever for the Royal Variety Performance and seemed an appropriate, if unintentional grand finale before the grim and desperate years ahead.


PLEASE NOTE: We are missing an original copy of the programme from this Royal Variety Performance. Should you have a copy, or know of the whereabouts of one, please contact, Peter Prichard OBE, The EABF, Brinsworth House, 72 Staines Road, Middlesex TW2 5AL. Mr. Prichard's direct line is 020 7584 4265


The Crastonians

The Two Leslies

Murray & Mooney

Evelyn Laye

From Running Riot: Richard Hearne, Rosalind Atkinson

From These Foolish Things: The Stuart Morgan Dancers With Lita D'oray, Harold Hart, William Kat, Jack Payne's Orchestra, Peggy Cochrane, Mary Lee, Betty Kent, Biddy Barton, Teddy Foster, Ronnie Grearder, Rob Ashley, The Dagenham Girl Pipers, Three Aberdonians, Les Allen, Laurie Day, Roy Willis, Will Hatton, Ethel Manners.

Elsie & Doris Waters

The John Tiller Girls

From Me And My Girl: Lupino Lane, George Graves, Betty Frankiss, Teddy St Denis

Finale, The Lambeth Walk, With 250 Astistes Including: Jack Barty, George Carney, Clapham And Dwyer, Harry Claff, Harry Champion, Kate Carney, Will Fyffe, Florrie Forde, Gaston & Andree, Tommy Handley, Lupino Lane, G.S.Melvin, Talbot O'farrell, Gillie Porter, Harry Tate, Vesta Victoria, Bransby Williams, Anona Winn

Renee Houston & Donald Stewart

Ken Davidson And Hugh Forgie

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9th November, 1938
Coliseum, London