The City Varieties inside. Courtesy HLF
The UK’s longest continuously running music hall has had a grant of £3 million earmarked by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its repair and restoration.
Outside the Varieties. Courtesy HLF
The City Varieties Music Hall has been awarded a Stage One Pass for £3 million to restore it to its former glory. Built in 1865, the Grade II* venue is best known for hosting the BBC television programme The Good Old Days, which ran from 1953 to 1983. Some of the great names that have performed at the Hall include Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini and Marie Lloyd.
The music hall is relatively untouched, but the restoration work will uncover original decorations and fittings that have been concealed, and the project will also develop educational opportunities for schoolchildren and the wider community to discover the building’s history.