2012 sees entertainment legend Sir Bruce Forsyth celebrate 70 years in show business.
It’s a remarkable achievement for the man who continues to host BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, and who only last year released his own album, These Are My Favourites (available to buy on Amazon)
Brucie’s entertainment career started aged 14 with his song, dance and accordion act ‘Bruce Boy, the Mighty Atom‘. He went on to become one of the country’s best-loved entertainers, becoming the host of variety TV show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and a number of game shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.
Now 84, Brucie celebrates these 70 glorious years by returning to the London stage for the first time in over 10 years for a spectacular one off evening of comedy and music at the Hall.
Brucie at the Royal Albert Hall
For such an entertainer who has been so well-loved around the country for so long, it’s little surprise that this performance wasn’t his first at the Hall.
His debut here was on 16 April 1964, where he presented the Baird Festival of Television, featuring the likes of Kathy Kirby, Arthur Askey and Gracie Fields.
He went on to present a host of events here, including ‘Welcome to the Golden Ball‘ in February 1965 starring Harry Secombe and Sandie Shaw and ‘Grand Prix Night of the Stars‘ in July 1976 featuring Shirley Bassey.
He also played in Pro-Celebrity tennis tournaments between 1986 and 1989, alongside the likes of David Frost, Barry Gibb and Frank Bruno!
This 2012 celebration ‘Bruce Forsyth: Live on Stage‘ was Brucie’s first solo show here and he kept the adoring audience entertained for 2 hours, proving he still remains a very able singer, dancer and pianist.
He was joined by some special guests including his granddaughter Sophie Purdie and Strictly Come Dancing‘s Anton du Beke.
Images from Bruce Forsyth: Live on Stage from Thursday 3 April 2012.
All images © Christie Goodwin, 2012