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The Good Old Days (2) review at City Varieties Music Hall Leeds

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Bravo Mr John Rawnsley. Only rarely, in the last ten years of the Good Old Days, has a male singer made such an impact. Splendidly dressed and magnificent of voice, he has superbly appropriate material, such as The Road to Mandalay and Passing By. When he launches into Champagne Charlie, this theatre’s ghosts will surely be roused from their slumbers.

This second programme in the autumn series has Peter John, the consummate character comedian. He is as mischievously funny as ever, a twinkle in both eyes, a music hall treasure. Making his debut is Ben Hewlett, a harmonica player with a stylish act. More will be seen and heard of him.

Comedian Les Wilson delivers gentle, affectionate humour and soon has the audience chuckling. He is well dressed for both of his spots, but sadly not in period costume.

The Du Sol family provides the speciality entertainment. Young Delia looks agile and fluid on an aerial hoop and then offers breathtaking contortions. Her parents, the Duo Du Sol, recreate their wonderful Charlie Chaplin/Rag Doll act. It is divine comedy.

Barneys Boys and Girls offer a smashing seaside medley with lots of swimming and plunging through the waves movements. Swimming choreography is rarely tried because it hardly ever works. Well, in this case it does. The youngsters return for the second half with a super-duper, Gershwin-inspired tap routine.

Chairman Johnny Dennis, as always, gives the show its sense of occasion. David Smith’s musicians, as ever, give the artists outstanding support.

Production Information

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, October 10-11

Musical Director
David Smith
City Varieties Music Hall
Peter John, John Rawnsley, Delia Du Sol, Les Wilson, Ben Hewlett, Duo Du Sol, Johnny Dennis, Barney’s Boys and Girls
Running time
2hrs 15mins

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