Myles Jenner, head brewer at Harveys Brewery, is promoting pub theatre with a limited run performance of a new musical play at The Lamb Theatre in Eastbourne from 9-12 May.
“If I Catch Alphonso, Tonight!” is a play written by Jenner, which recalls the life of music hall star Billy Merson and contains extracts from sixteen of his comic songs, 80 years on from his appearance at Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome. Jenner takes on the role of Billy Merson and is accompanied by Roger Roser on the piano.
It will be performed at the Lamb Theatre, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne between 9 – 12 May nightly at 7.30 p.m. with an additional performance at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday.
To book tickets CLICK HERE or call 01323 479732
Billy Merson (1881 – 1947) commenced his theatrical career as an acrobat and circus clown before going solo as a comedian. He composed and performed many songs, including ‘The Spaniard that Blighted my Life’. He first sang it in pantomime at Brighton and it played a very significant part in his fortunes thereafter. He took London Music Halls by storm in 1909, before going on to perform in revue, musical comedies, theatre and cinema. He is credited with having made the first British ‘talking picture’ in 1926. After reaching the top of his profession circumstances conspired against him and he returned to variety work, appearing at Bexhill, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings during the 1930’s. It is the story of a man who constantly found himself on the ropes but always bounced back. A born entertainer, he was the inspiration for future generations of comedians and his legacy lives on.