The Good Old Days Of Variety performed at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Tuesday 29th September 2015


Images and Review by Kevin Cooper


The Good Old Days Of Variety offered an afternoon of pure nostalgia at the Royal Concert Hall yesterday, as a mainly mature audience were taken gently on a trip down memory lane.

Based upon the format of the BBC’s The Good Old Days, this show drifted seamlessly from one artist to another, as comedian Neil Hurst aka The Chairman introduced each of them with his comedic wit.

First up was Wink Taylor, who writes for Sooty and Basil Brush. His impressions of Billy Connolly and Ronnie Corbett put this audience at ease and in no time at all there was some serious chuckling going on. Old Time Music Hall cannot escape some singing and this show was no exception. Mark Andrews prompted the first singalong with songs like You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It) and old time favourite, Waiting At The Church.

Glitz and glamour was brought to the proceedings in the form of the lovely Wendy Abrahams, who delighted us with When I Fall In Love, whilst encouraging the audience to wave their arms and sing to We’ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring.

Yorkshire comedian Johhnie Casson was in danger of stealing the show, as his slapstick but clean humour entertained this now warmed up crowd.

But the star of the show was without doubt the lovely Anita Harris. Now in her 73rd year, she simply wowed this audience as she came onto the stage looking very dapper in a tuxedo before entertaining this crowd with delights like Burlington Bertie From Bow, Smile and After The Ball.

With all the artists coming back after the interval to continue with the entertainment, they provided an afternoon of laughter and song. They also showed that age is certainly no barrier for having a great time.