A story of adultery, betrayal, age discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, press intrusion, scandal, robbery… and a rescue at sea. Hardly the kind of subjects you would necessarily associate with Victorian music hall, and yet all that and more can be found in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, a true tale of scandal, stardom and song in 19th century Islington, playing at London’s Rosemary Branch Theatre on 6 October 2022.
In 1600 English Will Kemp triumphantly arrived in Norwich after Morris dancing the entire 125-mile journey from London. Now audiences can relive his one-man romp through the country lanes of Elizabethan England in Blue Fire Theatre Company’s production of Kemp’s Jig which is heading to those very locations: the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich on 28 September 2022 and Hampton Hill Theatre in Richmond on 1 October.
In the centenary year of Marie Lloyd’s death, J.J. Leppink’s Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, beginning a regional tour on 18 September at Colchester’s Headgate Theatre, tells the story of how the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’ came to fame at another’s expense.
Forgotten music hall star Nelly Power makes her Camden Fringe debut care of Blue Fire Theatre Company in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, running for three festival dates only.
A second online season from TheSpace has an eclectic range – even if what I saw was all comedy.
While an online Edinburgh Festival Fringe can hardly claim to have anything like the same degree of atmosphere, various organisers are to be congratulated with getting a variety of material online.