A Hidden Icon: Ivor Novello

Many people have heard the name but few today know anything about him, but Ivor Novello became one of the most popular and successful entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. Born in Cardiff, Novello was an actor, dramatist, singer and composer. He lived at the top of 11 The Aldwych in a little flat reached by a rickety lift.
May 9, 2022
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British Composers in Short Supply

The number of classical composers the UK produced dipped in the 18th to early 19th century, despite the huge rise in interest in classical music from the public. This resulted in some famous composers visiting and even settling here, such as Handel. We made up somewhat in the late 19th and 20th centuries!
April 13, 2022
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The Mousetrap and Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opened in London at the Ambassadors Theatre and has played at the St Martin's Theatre since 1973.
January 5, 2022
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Victorian Actor William Terriss

“I did it for revenge. He had kept me out of employment for 10 years and I had either to die in the street or kill him", said ''Mad Archer” after murdering his colleague William Terriss, Victorian London’s most famous actor. But why did he kill him?
December 23, 2021
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