FRED KARNO COMPANY
1912 - 2012 CENTENARY
Details of the FRED KARNO CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
are as follows.
[Please note: This is an all-ticket event.
To obtain one of the last few remaining tickets see
3.45pm Drinks and Chat break
4.00pm KARNO FILMS. Short clips of films which were influenced by business from Karno sketches.
4.50pm PHOTO SHOOT
- followed by "FINAL FAREWELLS and THANK YOUS."
Some of those attending are direct descendants of the original twelve members of the Karno Company, who left these shores on 2nd October 1912, on board the ship Oceanic, on their journey to America. They were:
Stanley Jefferson (later - Stan Laurel), Charles Chaplin, Alf Reeves, Amy Reeves (nee Minister),
George Seaman, Emily Seaman, Ted Banks, Amy Forrest, Edgar Hurley, Ethel Hurley,
Tom 'Whimsical' Walker, Albert Westcott.
The following Karno Comedians were also on the 1912 tour of America, but must have sailed on a later ship.
Albert Austin, Charlie Griffiths, Fred Westcott, Charles Gordon, Bert Howard, Frank Williams
KARNO COMEDIANS - Portraits and Biographies
Guests confirmed as attending are David Robinson (official Chaplin biographer); Kate Guyonvarch (Chaplin Archives, Paris); David Crump (Fred Karno authority); Barry Anthony (Chaplin author), Max Tyler (British Music Hall Society archivist); Adrian Barry and Neil Morkunas (Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America); John Adrian (Grand Order of Water Rats); a BBC radio and TV presenter; and a BBC producer.
GUEST SPEAKERS are: David Crump (on Fred Karno Jr.); Rob Breen (on Whimsical Walker); Jeremy Hoare (on George Hoare); Ian Smith (on Billie Reeves); Jane Koszuta (on the Royal Zanettos in the US). Others to be announced.
KARNO COMPANY descendants include those of: FRED KARNO, FRED KARNO Jr., GEORGE SEAMAN, EMILY SEAMAN, WHIMSICAL WALKER, MIKE ASHER, GEORGE HOARE, FRED KITCHEN, and TED TYSALL (from the 'Fred Karno Trio').
Audience members are made up of parties from the Cinema Museum, the British Music Hall Society, the Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society, Music Hall Guild of Great Britain, the Cinema Theatre Association, the Royal Zanettos, and others.
Sunday 30th September 2012
In conjunction with the 'Fred Karno Company' website, the 'Music Hall Guild of Great Britain' are placing a Blue Plaque" - dedicated to Fred Karno - on the premises formerly know as 'The Fred Karno Fun Factory.' A private buffet for Karno Comedian descendants and invited guests will be held after the ceremony in the 'Clock Tower.' (See below, right!)
FRED KARNO CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 1910 - 2010
WHAT THEY SAID 2012
Trip to FRED KARNO'S HOUSBOAT - the Astoria