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Last chance to see - Entertaining the Nation

Bernard Rhodes, legendary Manager of the Clash, visits this ground-breaking exhibition at the Jewish Museum London

Bernard Rhodes, Manager of The Clash and pioneer of the British punk scene, this week visited A link to Entertaining the Nation: Stars of Music, Stage & Screen, an exhibition which features him and many of his contemporaries from the world of music. The exhibition is now in its last few weeks.

Telling the fascinating and untold story of Jewish participation in the British entertainment industry, from theatre and film, to television and pop music, Entertaining the Nation has been the Jewish Museum’s biggest exhibition since its £10million re-launch in 2010.

Over the past 125 years, Jewish people have played a significant role in entertaining our nation, from the Music Halls of the Victorian era to the wide range of entertainment outlets we are used to today.

Entertaining the Nation demonstrates the importance of immigration and diversity as a source for cultural creativity in Britain and tell the story of recognisable names from past and present, including actors Maureen Lipman, Warren Mitchell, Sid James and Ron Moody; comedians Peter Sellers, Simon Amstell and Sacha Baron Cohen; musicians Frankie Vaughan, Alma Cogan, Marc Bolan and Amy Winehouse; writers Jack Rosenthal, Harold Pinter and Stephen Poliakoff; and director Mike Leigh.

Jewish people have also influenced the business of entertainment: Oscar Deutsch founded Odeon cinemas; Michael Balcon, the son of Jewish immigrants, was responsible for producing the archetypal English ‘Ealing’ film comedies of the post-war era; Jeremy Isaacs oversaw the launch of Channel 4 and his eventual successor as Chief Executive was Michael Grade. In the music business, Brian Epstein masterminded the sensational rise of The Beatles, Andrew Loog Oldham publicised and produced records for The Rolling Stones and Malcolm McLaren was the driving force behind The Sex Pistols.

All these stories, and many more, have been told in Entertaining the Nation, combining a variety of clips from a great selection of shows, films and performances, alongside costumes, props, vintage photographs and posters, allowing the visitor to step in to the alluring world of celebrity.

The exhibition closes on Sunday 8th January 2012


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Friday 27th January, 2012

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