Theatre Appearances - 1940 - 1949

This section is currently under development but will include details of Hancock's stage appearances by year.  Over time copies of Theatre Programmes will be added to the listings.  If anyone has a theatre programme that is not included in this section, please can you email a copy of the Programme to website@tonyhancock.org.uk

1940

Spring: Supporting act at Bournemouth's Avon Road Labour Hall

Summer: Church of the Sacred Heart, Bournemouth

1941

Hancock joins George Fairweather's Black Dominoes concert party and tours army bases close to his Bournemouth home and also performs at Boscombe.

1942

Hancock performs in local camp concerts following his call up to the Royal Air Force

1944

May: The Gang Show (featuring Hancock) tours North Africa

4th June: The Gang Show performs at the Jubilee Theatre, Blackpool

August: The No 9 Gang Show tours Italy

1945

May: The No 9 Gang Show returns to the UK after a 12 month tour

July: The No 9 and No 4 Gang Shows are merged and perform in Gibraltar

1946

27th December: The No 4 Gang Show performs in Cairo

1947

Hancock goes on tour with 'Wings' which was set up by Ralph Reader, who was the guiding force behind the Gang Shows:

28.04.47: 1 week at Blackpool Opera House

05.05.47: 1 week at Nottingham, Theatre Royal

12.05.47: 1 week at Hull, New Theatre

19.05.47: 1 week at Sheffield, Empire Theatre

26.05.47: 1 week at Birmingham. Theatre Royal

02.06.47: 1 week at Coventry, Hippodrome

09.06.47: 1 week at Newcastle, Empire Theatre

16.06.47: 1 week at Edinburgh, Empire Theatre

23.06.47: 1 week at Liverpool, Empire Theatre

30.06.47: 2 weeks at Manchester Palace Theatre

14.07.47: 1 week at Brighton, Hippodrome Theatre

21.07.47: 2 weeks at Southsea, King's Theatre

11.08.47: 1 week at Plymouth, Palace Theatre

18.08.47: 1 week at Oxford, New Theatre

25.08.47: 1 week at Dudley, Hippodrome Theatre

01.09.47: 1 week at Morecambe, Winter Gardens

Following this tour, Tony had two other engagements in 1947:

14.09.47: RAFA Festival of Reunion at the Royal Albert Hall, London

25.12.47 - 24.01.48: 'Cinderella': Pantomime at Oxford, Playhouse Theatre

1948

26.04.48 - 01.05.48: 'Peace in Our Time': Play performed at the Playhouse Theatre, Oxford.

12.7.48 - 21.8.48: 'Revudeville' No 214 at the Windmill Theatre, London.  Tony performed as part of a double act with Derek Scott and performed as 'Derek Scott and Hank'

September: Churchill's Cabaret Club, New Bond Street, London (performing as Derek Scott and Hank: 2 dates)

October: Brixton Empire, Chelsea and East Ham (performing as Derek Scott and Hank: 3 dates)

27.12.48 - January 1949: 'Cinderella' at the Dolphin Theatre Brighton

1949

For 1949, Hancock performed his comedy act as a solo performer.  The Derek Scott and Hank collaboration finished in 1948.

11.04.49: 1 week variety at Feldman's Theatre, Blackpool

13.06.49 - 30.09.49: Flotsam's Follies at Esplanade Concert Hall, Bognor Regis. A recording of this show was broadcast by the BBC on 20.02.50. Hancock appeared in a sketch entitled: 'The Conjuror'.

19.11.49: 1 night cabaret at Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth

24.12.49: 4 weeks pantomime: 'Cinderella' at Woolwich Royal Artillery Theatre, London. A copy of the programme can be seen here.

 

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