On April 20th, The Windmill International was proud to host BBC1’s The One Show and legendary writer, actor and comedian Barry Cryer. The Windmill was chosen as the filming location for a special interview with Barry, who started his career on our world-famous stage when he was only 19 years old.
Now in his 80s, Barry performed hilarious stand-up comedy in the Windmill Theatre in the late 1950s, in between the dazzling dance shows that The Windmill is still famous for. At that time, The Windmill was managed by famed and “very demanding” (according to Barry!) theatre impresario Vivian Van Damm, who masterminded the tableaux vivants, the first fully nude stage performances in London.
Barry commented during filming that he was astonished by how different everything looked, and noted that the stage was a lot bigger and more glamorous than it was in his day. He remembered how impressed he was by the fact that the Windmill Girls did 6 shows a day — 36 a week.
The Windmill has become a cosmopolitan UK icon of beauty, pleasure and desire, showcasing high-class erotic entertainment for working gentlemen, couples and stag parties in the heart of Soho. The theatre has taken centre-stage in four films and a still-ongoing West End musical, including the 2005 Judi Dench-starring movie Mrs Henderson Presents, and the accompanying musical adaptation which was playing at the Noël Coward Theatre in Westminster last year.
Barry’s interview on The One Show will air later this year. As soon as we know the date, we’ll announce it here!