Work in progress

Fred Wampe

Fred Wampe.

Professor Cheer

Professor Cheer, the Man with the Xylophone Skull.

This A-Z is a tiny baby now – watch it grow week by week. It would take a lifetime to include every act that ever worked the hundreds of Variety theatres in Britain during the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and early 1960s, so these entries are selective and will be restricted to those I have seen live, or on film, or, sometimes, strange acts from 80 years ago that have caught my attention for one reason or another. Acts like the ones you see here.

Recent Feedback

Greg Butler


Thanks Stephen, Would be good to get your voice into the show – I can travel down and meet up with you when you’re on the mainland for an interview – my email is greg@canbridge105.fm call (44) 01223872937



Hi Greg. Great idea – Sarony was a brilliant character and so multi-talented. I’m happy to help any way I can but I live in Dublin and in a couple of months I’ll be moving to the US for the best part of a year. I will be in the UK for three days from Oct 25th but in London and Winchester. If I can’t contribute directly, please feel free to use whatever you like from Voices of Variety – just give the site a mention. When you have a transmission date maybe you could let me know – I’m sure I can access Cambridge radio wherever I am. Best and hope all goes well – Stephen

Greg Butler


Hi Steven, we are about to put together a two hour radio show playing 78s and recalling the life and early career of Leslie Sarony, His 3 sons are all on board with the project as are a large number of 78s collectors and music hall enthusiasts – Is this a project that we could tempt you also to get involved with greg@cambridge105.fm