‘Spread a Little Happiness: The Story of the British Musical’ lectures by Malcolm Jones on Monday 2nd December 2019.

The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 1930s when Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However, the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. For the next 30 years, audiences flocked to see the big American shows. Nonetheless, there were British successes. Composers like Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, David Heneker and of course, Lionel Bart had enormously popular shows. Then, in the 1970s and 1980s Andrew Lloyd Webber established the British musical as an international force.

Lecturer Malcolm Jones has lectured at the V&A and was Workshop and Events Manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. He has interviewed leading British actors and directors including Kenneth Cranham, Barry Cryer, June Whitfield, Jude Law, Zoe Wanamaker and Don Black.

He has lectured and led workshops at numerous venues in London, the UK and America and has contributed as a speaker on theatre on many television and radio programmes. This promises to be an entertaining and interesting day.

  • Venue: Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington DL3 8QH
  • Monday 2nd December
  • Morning lecture 11am. ‘Part 1: 1920s and 1930s’ £10
  • Afternoon lecture: 2pm. ‘Part 2: 1948 onwards’ £8
  • Non-members welcome
  • Website: www.theartssociety-nysd.org.uk
  • Contact: 07816326196
  • Email: davethameside@hotmail.com