Marie Lloyd - the Queen of Music Hall with Midge Gillies

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  • Wed, 16th Jun 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  • 19:00 - 21:00

Join us for the seventh Westminster Arts Reference Library's Artists of London salons where biographer Midge Gillies draws us into the shady world of Victorian music halls to examine the life and work of the queen of the boards, Marie Lloyd . In addition to the talk and a Q+A, each event will include a spotlight on a special item from the Library's collection.

Nearly a century after her death, Marie Lloyd remains one of the most potent figures of 20th century popular culture. She first set foot on the stage as a child in Hoxton and by the time she reached her twenties, she was an international star. So adored was this charismatic star that at the time of her premature death up to 100,000 fans were said to have lined the London roads to pay their respects as her coffin passed.

In this online talk, biographer MIDGE GILLIES will discuss the sensational scandalous life of the woman who brought only laughter and light - along with a cheeky smile and wink - when she trod the boards in the ‘good old days’.

Tickets £4.80 including a 50% donation to the Westminster Arts Reference Library

Midge Gillies

Dr Midge Gillies is the author of nine non-fiction books, including biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson and the music hall star Marie Lloyd. She studied History at Girton College, Cambridge and has written for a range of national, international and regional newspapers and magazines.




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Marie Lloyd

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19:00 - 21:00 £4.80



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A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat
This year Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation will be hosting The London Month of the Dead, a series of 36 different events investigating the capital’s relationship with its deceased residents. Events will include a private view of the Museum of London’s bone archive, taxidermy workshops, macabre walking tours and private views and a programme of weekend death salons with talks on subjects ranging from public dissection and body snatching to reincarnation and funereal folklore. Each salon will feature a pair of speakers, authorities in fields such as osteology, forensic pathology and the paranormal, who will offer their own perspectives and insights on mortality in the city. Each year the London Month of the Dead donates 20% of all ticket revenue to one of London's magnificent seven cemeteries. In 2017 all of the death salons and concerts will be hosted at the Dissenters and Anglican chapels at Kensal Green. In previous years the month's programme has centered around Brompton Cemetery but the chapel is now undergoing important restoration work, a project the London Month of the Dead is proud to have supported. The London Month of the Dead has been curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat to inform, entertain and provoke on the subject of death and London cemeteries.

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Marie Lloyd  - the Queen of Music Hall with Midge Gillies