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Olden Life : Who were the Crazy Gang?

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Those who struggle through the monstrous ongoing redevelopment around London’s Victoria Station will notice an elegant Edwardian building, standing rm amid the cluster of glass-walled skyscrapers. The Victoria Palace Theatre, built in 1911 to the design of the prolific Frank Matcham, will reopen in November for the British production of Hamilton, the hit American musical about Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. It is fitting that the theatre should have survived the relentless onslaught of modernity, because it was the last redoubt of a great British music-hall tradition – slapstick comedy – as well as being where I discovered my passion for live theatre, and the Crazy Gang. The Crazy Gang were a troupe of three comedy double acts – Flanagan and Allen, Nervo and Knox, Naughton and Gold – who came together in the 1930s for a series of shows at the London Palladium...

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