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Spread a little happiness- the story of the British Musical

Talks - History; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

The British Musical was triumphant in the 1930s when the musicals of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However, the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. Over the next 30 years, audiences flocked to see the big American musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein and others like Frank Loesser and Lerner and Loewe. Nevertheless, the British Musicals were still able to hold their own sometimes and had moments of great success. Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, David Heneker and, of course, Lionel Bart had hugely popular shows. Then in the 1970s and 1980s Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and others established the British musical as a force in the UK and abroad.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Malcolm Jones

Meet The Speaker, Malcolm

Malcolm is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and lectures on many aspects of theatre.

Since 2009, he has lectured on the Victoria & Albert Museum Short Course and Year Course Programmes, devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. He also lectures on theatre for Road Scholar USA and London Arts Discovery Tours for theatre groups visiting UK from America.

Malcolm was Workshop and Events manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for 10 years where he was responsible for lectures, Study Days and workshops for adults and interviewed many leading British actors and directors. He has lectured and led workshops at many drama schools including RADA, The Actors Centre and Rose Bruford College. He has chaired panels and post show talks for Ambassadors Theatre Group. While at the Theatre Museum Malcolm contributed to many television and radio programmes

Preparing for the Event

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