The curtain goes up tonight (Oct 4) on the first in a series of shows celebrating a magnificent milestone in the long history of the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of The Good Old Days BBC TV programme, which was filmed at the much-loved theatre.
And, to mark the anniversary, the City Varieties is holding several special Good Old Days shows over the next few weeks.
The first takes place this evening and will feature funnyman Tom O’Connor as well as Peter John, Helen Watson, John Danbury, Andrew van Buren and Leo Shavers.
The same company will be taking to the stage at ‘The Verts’ tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Next weekend’s Good Old Days shows will be hosted by another familiar showbiz face in the shape of Don Maclean.
Comedians Bernie Clifton and Roy Walker will then do the honours on October 18-19 and October 25-26 respectively.
The venue’s general manager, Ian Sime, said: “We’re celebrating not only 60 years since the BBC started filming The Good Old Days here at City Varieties but also 25 years since it was revived as a stage show.
“The show remains a permanent fixture here in its rightful home – the world’s longest running music hall.”
The Good Old Days shows start at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2pm Saturday matinee.
For more details, ring the box office on 0113 243 0808 or visit the www.cityvarieties.co.uk website.
The City Varieties reopened in September 2011 following a £9.2m refurbishment.
* The Good Old Days won a devoted following on TV as stars such as Bruce Forsyth and Leeds’s own Barry Cryer recreated the glory years of the Victorian and Edwardian music hall.