Following its successful premiere in Wolverhampton in November 2017, Vacant Lot, the sitcom written by Larry Stephens for Tony Hancock in 1952 (see previous update) is to get another airing. The two episodes will be performed at the British Library (yes, THE British Library!) as part of its 'Season of Sound' in September 2018. James Hurn (Dead Ringers, Band Of Brothers) will once again be Tony Hancock alongside Janice Connolly (Phoenix Nights, Coronation Street); Richard Usher; Linda Hargreaves; Mark Earby and Jimm Rennie. Tickets are on sale from the 8th of June. Click here for details.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles has been Patron of the Goon Show Preservation Society since 1998 and issued five invitations to members of the Society. I was fortunate to be selected as one of the five. We all had a wonderful time, made all the more wonderful thanks to a performance of The Ying Tong Song by the The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I even got the opportunity to hand the Prince a Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons bookmark. His name hasn't appeared on the list of supporters though... yet!
Representatives from The Goon Show Preservation Society: John Repsch (Chairman); Tina Hammond (Secretary); Les Drew (Webmaster); Yours Truly; Mark Cousins (Researcher, Writer and probably the world's leading expert on all things Peter Sellers!)
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