2019 DIARY

In November 21 2019 it will be the 125 year of Max Miller’s birthday and this year the 20th. year of the founding of the Max Miller Appreciation Society. The Society plans to celebrate these with a gala dinner and cabaret in November

May 8 at 19:45
May 13-14 at 20:45
May 19 at 14:30

Brighton Festival Fringe: The Warren, Victoria Gardens,  London Road presents

The Cheeky Chappie

Jamie Kenna stars as Max Miller in this critically-acclaimed production about Brighton's best-loved comedian. This funny and moving play explores the life of a man who made millions laugh during the golden days of variety.

"This is a gem of a play" (The Stage)

18 May at 7:30pm

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Lowestoft

Variety Charity Show starring Kenny Cantor and six other comics. All proceeds to Rotary  Club, Lowestoft

30 May 7pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

The Max Miller Appreciation Society presents an evening of nostalgia with its very own Sheila Mathews

1 June 10am

The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne

British Music Hall Society’s Day By The Sea. An all-day celebration of the worlds of music hall and variety

25 July 7pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

The Max Miller Appreciation Society presents …  event to be announced

18 August
2 to 5pm

The Cheeky Chappie Annual ChariTea Party in the Royal Pavilion Gardens

All money’s raised will go to The Sussex Heart Charity which supports care of the Heart throughout Sussex. It  promotes excellence in cardiac related funding, education and research.

26 September 7pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

The Max Miller Appreciation Society presents … event to be announced


15 November
7 pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

Grand social meeting - film show and retrospective of the Society celebrating past events

16 November
7 pm

The Paganini Room in the Old Ship Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

Gala dinner and cabaret to celebrate Max Miller’s 125th. Anniversary of his date of birth and 20 years since the Max Miller Appreciation Society was founded. In cabaret Brandyn Shaw & His Band


25 November 2018
t the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

The Convention Day held in the Old Ship Hotel Brighton commenced with Sunday Morning at the London Palladium, a film show featuring clips from acts at that great theatre and others. Presented by Gerry Oxley it was a great start to the day.

After an interval, when members and guests could enjoy a drink at the bar, it was time to be seated in the famous Paganini  Room for a three course lunch followed by the cabaret. Long time member and professional entertainer Pat Nearney performed. In the first half, he gave us his impersonation of Max Miller and in the final half came out as the Norfolk Nut. Between his two acts Sheilah Olley recited a hilarious “recipe”.

Photos of the event on Facebook


Sir Ken Dodd, OBE

Sir Ken Dodd OBE who passed away on 11 March 2018 at the age of 90 was a patron of the Max Miller Appreciation Society. He was more than generous with his time. He honoured the Society with three visits to its events. The first, when he unveiled the blue commemorative plaque on Max Miller’s former home Ashcroft in Shoreham-by-Sea (22 July, 2000); the second, when he unveiled the relocated Max Miller statue in New Road, Brighton (12 August, 2007) and the third, when he visited the Society’s exhibition in Bardsley’s Restaurant Brighton (3 August, 2009).  At each event he brought laughter, happiness and fun to us all. He took delight in talking to every one of us, signing autographs and having his photo taken. He would stay at the event until the very last person was left happy.


John Fisher

The Society invited John Fisher to become a patron. To its delight he accepted.

John Fisher has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive, working for both the BBC and ITV. A recognised authority on magic and magicians, he shares with Tommy Cooper the distinction of being a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle.

John is a great Max Miller fan and has a large collection of Max memorabilia including the costume and hat.He produced the Heroes of Comedy series including the one on Max Miller.


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTea Party in the Royal Pavilion Grounds. Tea with delectable sandwiches, delicious cakes, were provided by David and Vanessa Sewell of the Pavilion Gardens Café. £2,065 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK.

During the afternoon Michael Aspel presented John Fisher with a scroll marking John’s investiture as a patron of the Max Miller Appreciation Society.


Wednesdays in June 2017

Wednesdays on the Brighton Palace Pier when the Society celebrated the special relationship Max had with Brighton's Palace Pier.

June 14th. John Henty gave an fascinating talk on Spike Milligan who he interviewed on the Pier in the 1980s

June 21st. Gerry Oxley presented a film show of artistes who appeared in the Palace Pier Theatre

June 28th. Juggling by Susi Oddball, magic by Peter Wentworth, the Mile High magician and at:

2:30 The Big Show with the remarkable Ida Barr with support provided by the Encore Duo.

Ida Barr with the Max cut-out on the Pier

An eventful three Wednesdays which raised funds for BAG the Battle Against Glioblastoma and the Mayor’s Charities