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Dave Seeley last appeared at Whalley Village Hall as Stanley Holloway.

The spotlight tonight falls on the career, contemporaries, critics and saucy seaside postcard world of Max Miller.

Britain's top comedian in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s was born in Brighton. Max Miller excelled as a stand-up comic playing in large variety theatres where his skill was such that he could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.

In this frank appraisal of Miller's sometimes turbulent career, between generous helpings from his outrageous "front cloth" repertoire, Dave Sealey gradually reveals the strangely quiet, unassuming man behind the make-up and gaudy apparel. Actress, Jean Kent, remarked that, "off stage he was a quiet man with an almost innocent sense of humour".

Dave contrasts Max's dazzling bravado on stage with the work of some of his most celebrated contemporaries: our Gracie Fields, George Formby, Arthur Askey. All big names but none of them bigger than the Cheeky Chappie.

In his day some found him too 'cheeky', Long running disputes with VAL PARNELL and MOSS EMPIRES, spats and wrangles with 'AUNTIE BEEB', not to mention a five year ban from the radio, bad press and the cold shoulder from some in the profession often barred his progress. But Max defiantly went his own way and stayed at the top. As LORD OLIVIER said, 'MAX MILLER was a master comedian, striding boldly in a field of innuendo'.

Probably more suitable for adults and sophisticated teenagers.

Saturday 6th September 7.30pm

Tickets 5 from Whalley Post Office
or David Balfour Tel. 01254 822350