The British Comedy Society is dedicated to preserving and fostering the tradition of British comedy. We organise blue plaques, awards and charitable fundraising events in honour of the greatest successes of British comedy.
Our latest Living Legend: Patricia Routledge
The BCS was delighted to honour the wonderful Patricia Routledge on Sunday 19th January 2014 by presenting her with its Living Legend Award.
After discussing her incredible career in musical theatre with Edward Seckerson in front of a packed audience, BCS Chairman Gareth Hughes (pictured with Patricia; Keeping Up Appearances co-star Clive Swift; Seckerson; and producer/director Harold Snoad) joined Patricia on stage at the Charing Cross Theatre to pay tribute to her work in comedy and particularly for her iconic role in Keeping Up Appearances in the 1990s.
Gareth Hughes said: "Patricia has brought joy to millions with her work in comedy and particularly as Hyacinth Bucket, and is now known the world over for this star performance – she well deserves this Award alongside the other Living Legends, June Whitfield, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer."
Keeping Up Appearances co-star Clive Swift presented Patricia with the Award on-stage. During a drinks reception after the show, Keeping Up Appearances producer Harold Snoad, co-star Josephine Tewson, Joanna Lumley and Michael Pennington, founder of the English Shakespeare company, also all sang the praises of this great lady.
Proceeds from the day are being donated to Patricia's chosen beneficiary, Variety, the Children's Charity.
Terrence Higgins Trust receives Kenny Everett funds
Earlier this month, British Comedy Society Chairman Gareth Hughes (pictured, centre) presented the Terrence Higgins Trust with £2,100, raised from our recent intimate fundraising event in memory of entertainer and broadcaster Kenny Everett.
The Trust say: "£200 is the average Hardship Fund grant given to help someone living with HIV facing severe poverty and hardship. £1,000 covers the cost of one of our six week groupwork courses for 8 people living with HIV. Just £10 pays for an HIV testing kit. With this donation we can offer help to people with HIV, in their greatest time of need. We thank everyone at the British Comedy Society for their generosity and kindness."
Gareth Hughes said: "We are delighted that once again we can benefit an extremely worthwhile charitable cause through the events which we hold and I am sure Kenny would have been very happy with our contribution to THT today. It is so important that our paying guests and members know where their contributions go and to see how they assist others less fortunate."
Living Legend: Patricia Routledge
The British Comedy Society is delighted to announce that we will be presenting a Living Legend award to actress Patricia Routledge, on Sunday 19th January 2014 at the Charing Cross Theatre (WC2N 6NL).
The award will be presented during Edward Seckerson's interview with Patricia as part of his Singular Sensations series at the theatre. Edward, the former presenter of Radio 3's long-running series, Stage and Screen, will be showing clips from Patricia's work in musical theatre and will chat to her about her career as an actress and singer. And what a career! A Tony and Olivier award winner, Patricia has trodden the boards from the RSC to Broadway and starred in TV, radio and film, creating unforgettable characters such as Hetty Wainthrop, Kitty and, of course, Hyacinth Bucket!
During the afternoon, BCS members and their guests will enjoy carefully-selected seats for this fascinating 'encounter', which will be followed by a private reception with wine and canapés in the piano bar, where guests can mingle with Patricia, Edward and other celebrity guests, as well as their BCS friends.
Tickets for the 2:30pm event are priced at £40 for BCS members, and £45 for guests, all in aid of Patricia's chosen charity, Variety, the Children's Charity. To book or for further details, contact John Gatenby: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual membership of the British Comedy Society, with benefits including ticket discounts to all our events throughout the year, costs just £18.
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We are thrilled to confirm that on Saturday 14th September 2013, we unveiled our latest blue plaque, dedicated to the broadcasting legend, radio innovator and comic entertainer Kenny Everett, outside his former home in South Kensington.
Kenny was loved by successive generations of youths and adults alike for his anarchic humour and mold-breaking radio broadcasts, as one of the DJs aboard legendary pirate station Radio London; one of the first names on Radio 1; an original member of the team at Capital Radio; and later at Capital Gold.
The blue plaque was unveiled by Kenny's "soul-mate" and co-star from The Kenny Everett Television Show, Cleo Rocos, with Barry Cryer, Mike Batt, Paul Gambaccini and others also in attendance.
The unveiling was followed by the launch of a brand new biography of Everett by James Hogg and Robert Sellers, Hello, Darlings!, and a lunch reception, talks and charity auction in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Here is a BBC Radio 2 and 4 news report of the unveiling, by Paul Rowley:
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