I saw that the building isn't there now so can you tell me the name of the hotel?I will be visiting Brighton from Australia on the 16th to 18th April and would love to know. Congratulations on an excellent presentation of Bignell's Argyll Rooms and their successor the Trocadero.My interest is in Robert Bignell and his daughter, and I have written about them on my website (as the Sleigh family).
This was the moment I became fascinated by the stage and became an actress and director in later years. My Grandma would take me to the booking office on the first day of bookings opening for the Christmas Panto. On one particular morning the frontage was all gone and all you could see was the old stage and arch with a bit of the boxes still intact. This was an amdram group whose favoured venue was the Cripplegate Theatre.My children now live in Hammersmith and use and appreciate the Lyric.However, they've always said I was dreaming when I spoke of going to a theatre on the Hammermsith Road so many years ago. I wonder who pulled it down and what is now in its place? I went to the Sacred Heart Convent in the Broadway and lived in Fitzjames Avenue, so can claim to be a native of Hammersmith.This from his diary: December 13th 1910: At the theatre, arranging things. Arthur Robert went to Victoria, then to Queensland where he married and raised a family in the Toowoomba area. I would love to hear from you and happy to share the information I have.Your fourth cousin once removed, Lesley :-)In the 1960s I was a part time operator of the carbon arc Limes (spotlights).I knew Don Auty as a Tour Manager and later as a fellow TMA member, I have enjoyed reading his feature articles and would recommend to others visiting this site, a true man of the theatre If there is a complaint it is that when dipping into the site it is so easy to lose hours as you move from page to page.I sincerely hope your efforts continue and even more content continues to be enterred Delighted to find this site. Oh no, they said, the theatre has always been where it is now! Funny you should say that Ken as I am working on just that at the moment although the site is so huge and difficult to change that it may take some time before the revamp is completed. (Your message) I think the breadth of information on your website is very impressive. However, and I say this in a constructive manner, but don't you think the colours that you have used are a bit early-1990s?As a young boy I used to go to all the wonderful pantomimes, I remember drummer Buddy Rich nearly shaking the house down, and the fantastic Ken Dodd entertaining us well beyond the 'last bus'! Thank you again for keeping our memories of the Hippodrome alive. I was born in Birmingam and never forgot an experience of total delight in early childhood, circa mid-1940's at a performance (probably matinee) of Cinderella. In one of the scenes they made a cake using flour (flowers from a vase on the table). I have just read an article that states the theatre was used as a cinema in its latter years.It remains a favorite childhood recollection of hilarity--so much so that 50 years later, I could remember some of the jokes from the production and stole them for a Sisty Ugler sketch for our church children. I am sure the author is refering to the Empire cinema which was linked to the theatre but was seperate with its own entrance in the adjacent Grainger St.My Hammersmith children wouldn't believe me when I told them I had seen Donald Wolfit at the original Lyric Theatre (in my memory it was on the King's Road, along from Collet? I found one of the old photographs of the facade and was able to confound them. Blue text on a maroon background might have worked back then, but nowadays, it is so out of date. I think the breadth of information on your website is very impressive. However, and I say this in a constructive manner, but don't you think the colours that you have used are a bit early-1990s?Blue text on a maroon background might have worked back then, but nowadays, it is so out of date. I have a show poster, plus other stuff, relating to S F Cody who put on his "Nevada" at the Carlton Theatre in 1904.