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Roy Barbour


In the Census of 1911, Roy Barbour ( Alfred Ernest Crawley) was working at the Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead, aged 11 yrs old. Later, he worked for some years for Lawrence Wright (His face is on the front of a number of pieces of sheet music) before running his own shows. He did pantomimes for Francis Laidler, Emile Littler and Bertram Montague. Littler wanted him to replace George Formby in Zip Goes a Million but he was fully booked for a year so he put someone else in the show until he was available. He did the West End followed by the tour of Australia and New Zealand and then a tour of the U. K.

He made a film Dodging The Dole and recorded for the Rex Label, songs such as ?With her head tucked underneath her arm? ?was The Lion and Albert? etc.
He bought a theatre in Lowestoft ?The Arcadia? presenting Rep with Charles Simon and a young Michael Caine in the resident company, as well as Variety.
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