CORONA VIRUS (May 2020)

A SPECIAL CORONA-VIRUS EDITION OF THIS WEBSITE Each year since 2007 an award has been given to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student judged to have the most exceptional musical talent. Julian Slade often used to help similarly promising students at the School and, after he died, his brother Adrian  and nephew Rupert, in full oo-peration with the […]

PAUL RUMMER. A THANK YOU FROM THE SLADES

  After 35 years of working so hard for the benefit and success of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 13 of them as the School’s Principal, Paul Rummer should have been able to conclude his last term before retirement enjoying the public accolades, compliments and occasions that he has deserved for all that he […]

THANK YOU BBC RADIO 3

At 07,45 on May 28  2020 BBC ‘Breakfast’ on Radio 3 were kind enough to acknowledge that, if Julian Slade was still alive, he would have been 90 years old on that day. The programme marked the occasion by playing ‘The Time of My Life’, one of his best loved (and most appropriate) songs from ‘Salad Days’, the hit musical […]

ADRIAN SLADE: A Biographical Note

  ADRIAN, Julian Slade’s younger brother, read Law at Cambridge but most of his spare time was spent acting or writing and performing satirical songs in cabaret venues – Footlights  ‘Smokers-,  college and private dance cabarets  and , later, clubs, public occasions (sometimes with Julian) and Liberal Party conferences.  He was President of Footlights in 1958/9. He […]

JULIAN’S GREAT NEPHEW IN LONDON AND EDINBURGH

ARCHIE HENDERSON composes highly original music. He pens funny lyrics and stand-up patter. At University he was a leading member of the Cambridge Footlights cabaret team. In other words there are already plenty of theatrical parallels between ARCHIE HENDERSON and his late great uncle JULIAN SLADE. The only big difference between them is that Julian, who […]

STAND-UP RUPERT SLADE!

RUPERT SLADE Julian’s nephew, came back from travelling in 1987 with a couple of comical poems. Within a few months he was performing what would now be called slam poetry all over London. He was the MC/co-creator of the singer songwriter’s club God’s Little Joke in Clapham old town as well as the main MC […]

PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE’S 90TH YEAR

On February 17th 2019 Dame Patricia Rutledge, a long time supporter of theatre in Bristol,  celebrated her 90th birthday. The Slade family and all others associated with this website, in particular the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she and Julian first met nearly seventy years ago, sent her their very best wishes. PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE and […]

THE 2018 ‘SALAD DAYS’ TOUR

                             Not even in its 1950s heyday did any production of Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds ‘Salad Days’ tour anywhere for as long as 11 weeks, visiting 11 different well known towns and their principal theatres, That is the story of the […]