Listen to the stars’ recollections of Manchester’s Playhouse Theatres

Here’s a radio treat that theatre fans will enjoy!

In a 30-minute programme broadcast on the BBC in April 2002, Geoffrey Wheeler revisits the scene of the Manchester Playhouse Theatre in Hulme. Built back-to-back with the Hulme Hippodrome, the Playhouse was used by the BBC as a radio and TV recording studio for light entertainment, comedy and music shows from 1955-86.

It was host to some of the BBC’s best-loved comedy and variety shows with Al Read, Ken Dodd, Les Dawson, Jimmy Clitheroe, Morecambe & Wise and many other shows. It was also home to the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra.

Thanks to YouTube poster ricardo2266, you can listen to this nostalgic show right now. Enjoy!


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