Welcome to the Home Page of British Musical Theatre



British Musical Theatre of the 1950s and 1960s is a unique archive of the productions, writers, performers and scores from the Golden Age of British Musicals. Beyond this, the site also offers the best, most provocative and well-informed reviews of British (and many American) original cast recordings on LP and CD.
Latest News and What’s new on the site …

Visit Must Close Saturday Records the website that offers a growing selection of the best of musical theatre recordings.

New Unsung Heroines:
Jean Bayless Josephine Blake Rachel Roberts Elizabeth Power

… and Stout-Hearted Men:
Bob Harris

Ivor Novello Recordings
Arc de Triomphe
Careles Rapture
Crest of the Wave
The Dancing Years
Gay’s the Word
Glamorous Night
King’s Rhapsody
Perchance to Dream
Shine Through My Dreams
Marilyn Hill Smith Sings Ivor Novello

The Amazons – Read a Review of this marvellous production

Four new CD Reviews
Bajour – Bells Are Ringing – Over My Shoulder – Christine

Remembering Three Blue Musicals from the 1920s
Blue Eyes – The Blue Kitten – The Blue Train



NEW! Sally Logan , Shirley Sands , Daphne Anderson ,
Eric Maschwitz , Mary Millar
Song Lists
Ever sat for hours trying to remember where that song came from … which show … what production … when … or ‘what songs were there in that show? ‘
Search our Song List pages and cure that nagging in the back of your brain!
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Thank you so much for your review of our Broadway First Take volumes. Your opinions are completely in line with our own in terms of the comparative strength of the various shows thus far included
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