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British Musical Theatre of the 1950s and 1960s is a unique archive of the productions, writers, performers and scores from the Golden Age of British Musicals.


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Beyond this, the site also offers the best, most provocative and well-informed reviews of British (and many American) original cast recordings on LP and CD.


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Following repeated requests it has been reinstated as an archive of material. It will remain as it is until such time as the authors are able to add to it.


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The archive deals mainly with British shows, but also includes American musicals (in London and New York) – even time-travelling beyond the 50’s and 60’s. The site also has the best, most informative CD and LP reviews of theatre music you will find!


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British Musicals of the 50’s and 60’s!



The Matchgirls was announced for a Broadway opening in the autumn of 1966, directed by Gillian Lynne, but it didn’t happen. It was also announced in the early spring of 1966 that Strike a Light! (another musical about the matchgirls strike of 1888) would definitely not play London – presumably because The Matchgirls had got there first. Instead, Strike a Light! Would go directly to Broadway after its British tour. In fact, it didn’t get to New York but did get to Broadway

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