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Rockin’ Chair forum

Posted in Books, Classic albums, Classic rock, Melodic rock, metal, News, pop, theatre, theatre royal hanley on September 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

New faces always welcome over on the Rockin’ Chair forum – a place for music and books, plus a board dedicated to memories of the Theatre Royal, Hanley.

Memories of the Theatre Royal, Hanley – Brigadoon

Posted in theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Beattie (Pipe Major) has provided some background to another Theatre Royal, Hanley show featuring the Black Watch Association Pipe Band

I have found another event which took place at the theatre involving pipers from the Black Watch Association Pipe Band.

It was Brigadoon by Lerner & Loewe.  The show was put on by The Porthill Players Amateur Society and ran from Monday 22nd June to Saturday 27th June 1996.

Director: Andrew Talbot

Choreographer: Michaleen Hilton

Musical Director:  Gwen Jones

The Cast:

Jonathan Fernyhough

James Freeman

Linda Slinn

Tracey Hood

Mark Hilton

Amanda Robotham

Bob Paterson

John Stone

Peter Cooke

Danny Noyce

Lisa Clarke

Trevor Mountford

Phil Bailey

Andrew Tooth

Ian Dutton

Liz Owens

Gary Edge

The solo piper played for the funeral in Act II, Scene 3:  The Glen.

Thanks For The Memory show – Theatre Royal Hanley

Posted in theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Beattie (who kindly supplied the photo below) contacted me regarding this particular show. If anyone can offer more information please contact me or comment on this post. Thank you.

The Black Watch Association Pipe Band played at the Theatre Royal on the 26th April 1987 for a show called Thanks for the Memory. We marched from the back of the theatre, down the aisles and up onto the stage where we played a selection of tunes. I can’t remember the name of the promoter, but would be delighted if you could add any more details about it.


I have asked a few fellow Theatre Royal volunteers and attached is the playbill from the show. We think Stephen Hearson, who sadly passed away recently, may have been involved on the musical side of things.

Playbill kindly supplied by the Theatre Royal Facebook group

1987-04-26 Theatre Royal Hanley

Six years blogging…

Posted in Family life, Five Quick Q's with..., Football, Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, theatre royal hanley on March 1, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The past six years have flown by since I started this blog 🙂

Back in March 2008 did some Five Q’s with various musicians, many of whom are still performing today, albeit some in different bands:

Maybe time to do a few more.

Thank you reading and supporting the Rock ‘N’ Roll Oatcake, the only website where you can read about the Hanley Babes, Stoke City FC, lots of music news & recommendations and John Otway! 


Memories of the Theatre Royal Hanley – page updated!

Posted in theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , on March 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The page on the Theatre Royal, Hanley has been updated with some memories and photos from the production of the Hobbit.

Please do keep your memories of the theatre coming in as there is not a lot out there on this theatre and the various shows it has hosted in the past.

Trip down memory lane at the Theatre Royal Hanley

Posted in rocky horror show, Stoke City, theatre, theatre royal hanley on April 3, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Head over to this wonderful Facebook page who have added lots of playbills and posters from the theatre’s shows from 1982 to it’s close. Includes the touring plays, the local amateur operatic and dramatoc shows and the one nighters:

Happy sixth birthday to this blog!

Posted in Books, Classic rock, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , on March 28, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Blimey doesn’t time fly when you’re having blogging fun! Back in March 2008 I started this blog to cover music, books and mainly Stoke City FC. Interesting reading back in 2008 the Quick Five Q’s interviews with musician Eric Ragno, author Neil Daniels and more.

My two favourite parts have been compiling the Stoke City FC related interviews and the look back at the Theatre Royal Hanley which has become an unofficial message board for people trying to trace the theatre’s own dance troupe the Hanley Babes. I will endeavor to add more to this page hopefully soon.

Thanks to all the readers and better get back to blogging 🙂