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The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society's next event in the ongoing series of presentations of

'Forgotten Gaiety Musicals' which have included:

The Shop Girl, The Toreador, Our Miss Gibbs, The Girls of Gottenberg, The Messenger Boy, The Orchid, 

 A Runaway Girl , The Spring Chicken, The Circus Girl, A Gaiety Girl, San Toy, Dear Little Denmark,  A Chinese Honeymoon,  A Quaker Girl, The Beauty of Bath, The Cingalee, The Balkan Princess, The New Barmaid & The Boy

 will be a read-through and sing-along, with audience participation, of:

The Mousme (1911)

A Musical Play in Three Acts by Alexander Mattock Thompson & Robert Courtneidge.

Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis & Percy Greenbank

Music by Lionel Monckton & Howard Talbot

Wednesday 13 September 2017

2.00 pm. for a 2.30 pm. start

Free of Charge

At The Westminster Reference Library 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP

The event's location in the library makes the event unsuitable for people who need to rely on mobility aids inside the library

For seat reservations, the library should be contacted in person or by phone (020 7641 5250) or by e-mail to referencelibrarywc2@westminster.gov.uk


e-mail Geoff Porter on geoff.porter@uwclub.net


Wednesday 25th October, 2017

from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm.

"Entertainment on the Home and Fighting Fronts in World War One"

10.30 - 11.30       Illustrated Talk by Steve Bartlett  on the work of Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss.

11.30 - 12.00        Coffee/Tea Break

12.00 - 13.00        Illustrated Talk by Emma Hanna on cinematic entertainment by the YMCA for the British troops. 

13.00 - 14.00        Lunch Break (own arrangements needed)

14.00 - 16.45        The comedy revues The Bing Boys Are Here and The Bing Girls Are There, with coffee/tea break between the two.

The Bing Boys Are Here, styled "A Picture of London Life, in a Prologue and Six Panels," is the first of a series of revues which played at the Alhambra Theatre, London during the last two years of World War I. The series included The Bing Boys on Broadway and The Bing Girls are There. The music for them was written by Nat D. Ayer with lyrics by Clifford Grey and the text was by George Grossmith, Jr. and Fred Thompson

The Bing Boys Are Here opened in 1916 in the West End and ran for 378 performances. It was one of the three most important musical hits of the London stage during World War I (the other two being The Maid of the Mountains and Chu Chin Chow); music or scenes from all of these have been included as background in many films set in this period, and they remain intensely evocative of the "Great War" years. Other hit shows of the period were Theodore & Co (1916), The Happy Day (1916), The Boy (1917), and Yes, Uncle! (1917). Audiences, which included soldiers on leave, wanted light and uplifting entertainment during the war, and these shows delivered it.

The revue first opened on 19 April 1916, at the Alhambra Theatre, starring George Robey and Violet Lorraine, famous for their introduction of the song "If You Were the Only Girl (in the World," and Alfred Lester. It was replaced at the Alhambra on 24 February 1917, after 378 performances, by The Bing Girls are There, with a different cast. It changed once again on 16 February 1918 to The Bing Boys on Broadway, with Robey returning to the cast. The total number of performances for all three reviews was well over 1,000, lasting beyond the Armistice in November 1918. 

The event is free, but a donation of £5 is requested.


The Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP

For seat reservations, the library should be contacted in person or by phone (020 7641 5250) or by e-mail to referencelibrarywc2@westminster.gov.uk