Exciting new play about the life of music hall star

Vesta and Marie in The Marie Lloyd Story.

Vesta and Marie in The Marie Lloyd Story. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk-based theatre company Broad Horizons are on the road again this autumn with an exciting new play about the life of music hall star Marie Lloyd.

The show will be visiting Bungay’s Fisher Theatre tomorrow night at 7.30pm, as well as The Cut in Halesworth on November 12.

It is 1922 and Marie Lloyd is being given a benefit concert. Quite unexpectedly, she is joined by her greatest rival, cross-dressing male-impersonator, Vesta Tilley. They have never been friends.

As the play moves between Marie’s dressing room and the music hall stage, the audience learn not just about Marie’s amazing, if chequered, life, but also about Vesta, the Music Hall Strike of 1907, Marconi and even Dr Crippen. In this swift moving show, as well playing themselves, Vesta also becomes the men in Marie’s life and Marie becomes the other women.

In true Music Hall fashion, Marie and Vesta will sing many of their most famous songs, such as Don’t Dilly Dally, A Bit Of A Ruin That Cromwell Knocked About and Piccadilly Johnny. Broad Horizons always try to support local talent and venues. This tour is no exception, with Norfolk-based actors Judi Daykin as Marie Lloyd and Karen Hill as Vesta Tilley. And Norwich based author John Mangan once again joins the group to provide the stunning new script.

To book tickets for either performance, call the Fisher box office on 01986 897130 or The Cut on 01986 873285.

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The show will be at The Cut next Friday, November 4, Beccles Public Hall on Wednesday, November 9 and the Fisher Theatre on Friday, November 11.

All performances begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 for concessions or £5 for students and for more details visit www.facebook.com/yaketyyakYAC