The urban population exploded in the 19th century and demanded entertaining. The music halls grew out of the pubs and song and supper clubs and was truly an entertainment for the working class. The songs reflected the lives of its audience and the stars were the celebrities of the day.
In the 20th century Music Hall developed into Variety theatre and served the population its wonderfully eclectic mixture of acts from singers to magicians, eccentric dancers and comedians.
The stars also began to use film and radio as a way to reach a wider audience.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mr Malcolm Jones
Malcolm has lectured on the Victoria & Albert Museum Short Course and Year Course Programmes since 2009, devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. He also lectures on theatre for Road Scholar 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 including Kenneth Cranham, Zoe Wanamaker, Barry Cryer, June Whitfield and Don Black. 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. Malcolm has contributed as a speaker on theatre to many television and radio programmes. He has worked with Age Exchange Community Arts since 2000 on many creative arts programmes with older people and intergenerational film and theatre projects.