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Carry On City Varieties

by katalitic | Print the article

Saturday 25th September 2010
The Library Pub, doors 7.30pm, Entry £4 on the door.

Performing at the fundraiser will be….
Vita Bohem
Gem De La Créme
Daisy Lane
Evelyn Entice & Alexander Knightley
Bettie D’Barbarella
Mimi Demure
Miss Cissy P
Daisy Cutter
Adelina Le Shay
Bam Bam Blue

With the one & only Aunty Macassar acting as compere for the night and fire breathing from Misty Fire it’s safe to say it’s going to be a night to remember!

Raffle & auction on the night with prizes from Upstaged! See you there?


In 1865 Charles Thornton opened his “New Musical And Fashionable Lounge”. Who could have guessed almost a century and a half later, this much loved venue would still be packing audiences in and its reputation would have spread around the globe.

Against all odds, the City Varieties, (As it later became known), has survived virtually unchanged across three centuries, while most other Victorian musicals have passed into history. Ove…r the years, the Varieties’ stage has welcomed many of the worlds greatest entertainers, including a young Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Lillie Langtry, Harry Lauder and Mickey Rooney as well as helping to launch the careers of Frankie Vaughan, Ken Dodd, Ray Alan (and Lord Charles!), Roy Hudd and Barry Cryer. In 1953 the Varieties became the home of “The Good Old Days” – The BBC’s longest running variety show lasting for over 30 years, with a world wide audience which brought international fame to the Varieties.

The Varieties is now undergoing vital restoration work which will breath new life into the venue for future generations… “Steeped In History… still regarded as the best venue for stand up in the land.” Dara O’Briain Tickling the English.

The £9.2 million refurbishment of City Varieties is supported by £5.2 million by Leeds City Council and an award of £2.74 million from The Heritage Lottery Fund of the £1.26 million, over £550,000 has already been raised and the regeneration campaign is seeking to remain the remaining £700,000. The City Varieties is a part of our history… now you can help change the future.


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