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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Vic & Bob started it here
Home of 'Big Night Out' and two comedy legends
Location: 316, New Cross Road, SE14 6AF
Description: Jim Moir's (AKA Vic Reeves) comedy career began in New Cross, London, in the mid-1980s.
Having tried out various stage names, he settled on 'Vic Reeves' and began a show called 'Vic Reeves' Big Night Out' at this very pub - 'The Goldsmiths Tavern'.
It was here that he met and began working with 'Bob Mortimer', and the show then moved to a bigger venue, the Albany Theatre in Deptford, in 1989. The show began to attract various well-known audience members, such as Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Jonathan Ross and Alan Yentob.
Reeves & Mortimer's unique comedy combines surreal, often inexplicable, visually and verbally inventive material which often verges on the downright bizarre with traditional comedy double act staples such as violent, cartoonish slapstick (such as the duo engaging in escalating fights with large frying pans, baseball bats, hammers etc...), witty, often very silly banter (usually at their trademark, prop-strewn desk) and purposefully corny, rapid-fire jokes.
In short - Vic and Bob are geniuses and this pub lies at the very heart of what made and makes them great!
Tagged in this Tour: Comedy Beverage