Palace Of Laughter - Stateside

Episodes

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01The Palace Of Laughter20131110 (BBC7)
20131111 (BBC7)

Geoffrey Wheeler presents the first in a 3-part series about the history of American vaudeville.

Like Music Hall in Britain, vaudeville was a product of its time. At its peak, tens of thousands of performers travelled from town to town earning their living. Among those who learned their trade in vaudeville were future international stars such as Fred and Adele Astaire, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and jazz singer Ma Rainey.

Geoffrey Wheeler's history of the vast US vaudeville circuit with thousands of performers.

02The Palace Of Laughter20131117 (BBC7)
20131118 (BBC7)

American vaudeville's impact on Memphis, prompting an exciting mix of performers.

Geoffrey Wheeler looks at American vaudeville's impact on Memphis, prompting an exciting mix of performers and new musicians.

03 LASTThe Palace Of Laughter20131124 (BBC7)
20131125 (BBC7)

Geoffrey Wheeler reveals how America's finest vaudeville theatres reinvented themselves.

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the story of how great vaudeville theatres in Boston and Minneapolis were saved, after the genre withered and died in the 1930s. From March 2006.