Song, dance and laughter

8 actors in constume stand before a painted arch

Song, dance and laughter

To the television screens of the early 30’s came the favourite entertainers of the day, measuring their talents in a strange new world.

(Above) sandy powell and company brought the End of the Pier with them to Portland Place. 

Now there is a two-way traffic between the West End and the Television Studios. Fame today may first come from appearances before bbc cameras. These in turn have gone out, wherever possible, to the theatres themselves.

(Left) Camera and crew soar high above the heads of a youthful audience whilst cecil landeau‘s Christmas Party is performed at the Cambridge Theatre in January 1950.