London’s Fitzroy Tavern will host a two day bohemian celebration on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October in honour of the famous faces that used to call the beloved London pub their ‘local’ one hundred years ago.
The Fitzroy was adopted by London’s famous bohemians at the early part of the 20th Century and regulars like Jacob Epstein, Augustus John, Nina Hamnett, Betty May and Dylan Thomas, shared many a fun night there. To celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the pub along with the centenary of the birth of great British writer, Dylan Thomas, a two day event is being held to share stories and songs about that time.
This includes the following-
Betty May the Musical – cabaret of original songs by noted local musician Celine Hispiche. Betty May was a famous and controversial figure in the early 20s and her life, loves and adventures are brought to life in music-hall style melodies. Written by Celine Hispiche and composer Philippe Jakko, the cast includes Celine Hispiche, Callum Melville, Charles Delaney and Lucy Lyrical.
Tiger Woman - My Story – Betty May’s autobiography, written in 1929, tells of Betty’s impoverished childhood and escape to Bohemian bonhomie. Recently reissued by independent publishers Duckworth Overlook (http://www.ducknet.co.uk/) the book will be available to buy at The Fitzroy during the weekend.
Life in the Fitzroy - Sally Fiber, “daughter of the Fitzroy”, was born and raised in the pub and will speak about her unique family life throughout the 1940s and 50s and the charity started by her grandfather that she is reviving today. Sally Fiber’s book The Fitzroy - An autobiography of a London Tavern will be available to purchase.
Times : 3pm – 6pm Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October 2014
The Fitzroy Tavern, 16a Charlotte St, London W1T 2LY
The event is organised by DeSapinaud Productions.