Dan Arroll had us in stitches
I remember being taken to see Max Miller at the Hippodrome as quite a young lad. This must have been shortly after the war ended. Later on we went to see Max Bygraves and I also remember a famous pianist called Charlie Kunz.
I also saw several pantomimes at the Hippodrome, but none of the programmes have survived, so I don’t know who the artists involved may have been.
My last visit to the theatre was a treat for a school friend’s birthday, circa 1957, when we were taken to a Variety Show featuring the late Don Arroll. He was then an up and coming comedian, making his name on TV as well as in the theatre. His career was cut short when he died at a tragically early age. He had us in stitches. The only artist to do this since was Bradley Walsh, who my wife and I saw at the Pier Pavilion in Weymouth several years ago.