New Apollo creates music hall magic

The New Apollo Theatre Company takes on some musical hall standards.
The New Apollo Theatre Company takes on some musical hall standards.
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The Square Tower in Portsmouth will ring with tunes from the early 20th century as the New Apollo Theatre Company performs The Magic Of The Music Hall.

The show features musical hall favourites such as When Father Papered The Parlour, Champagne Charlie and The Boy In the Gallery.

The cast features Angie Lily, Christopher Marlowe, Henry Oastler, Geoffrey Pye, Patric Howe and Heather Udon, who will also pay tribute to First World War soldiers through a medley of songs from the period.

Director Steve Pitt says: ‘Audiences can expect a traditional British night out with lots of humour.

‘We have been doing a spring production for the past seven years. Our Halloween show is often Gothic horror, so we like to do something lighter in the spring.’

In the style of Victorian performance, the production will include a play – The Bear, a short comedy by Anton Chekhov.

‘It fits the musical style of the show well as it is almost a melodrama in style,’ says Steve.

The Magic Of The Music Hall opens at The Square Tower in Old Portsmouth on Monday, March 23.

It then moves to The Cellars At Eastney for Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26.

Doors open from 7pm. Tickets are £10 for the Square Tower and £12 for The Cellars. Tickets for The Cellars include an after show drink and buffet.