Music Hall Society to stage The Good Old Days in Papworth

Members of The Music Hall Society

Members of The Music Hall Society - Credit: Archant

There will be some traditional music hall entertainment in Papworth next weekend.

The Music Hall Society is staging a production called The Good Old Days on October 18/19/20.

The traditional music hall show is made up of songs and sketches from, 1850 to 1945 and will take place at Papworth Village Hall,Ermine Street South.

Music halls can be traced back to the taverns and coffee houses of the 18th century, London where men met to eat, drink and do business, performers sang songs whilst the audience ate, drank and joined in the singing.

By the 1830’s taverns had rooms devoted to musical clubs. They presented Saturday evening sing songs and free and easies.

These became so popular that entertainment was put on two or three times a week.

“These days Music Hall Societies are very few in number, but we are fortunate to have one such society locally who have performed each year at The Commemoration Huntingdon but are now ‘rehomed ‘ at the village hall in Papworth Everard which has recently been rebuilt and provides all new facilities,” said Noreen Plows.

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There are evening performances on October 18/19/20 with a matinee show on the Saturdaay.

Tickets for the evening performances are £15 and include a plougmans supper and £10 for the afternoon show, which comes with tea and cake.

Tickets are available at:

“Throughout the rest of the year the show is taken to numerous events to ‘entertain the troops’,” added Noreen.

“Our chosen charity this year is the British Red Cross. The Music Hall Society has officially existed for the past 47 years and is still going strong.

The show is dedicated to a poignant period in our history, during the time of the first and second world wars.

We have now extended the time to include songs up to 1945. Comedy plays a large part in each show and audience participation is actively encouraged.

Transport yourselves and your friends back to the days where laughter and banter went hand in hand.”