Printed programme for musical Ever Green, 1930

Printed programme for musical Ever Green, 1930

American born Buddy Bradley was an important teacher and choreographer in British dance from the 1930s, when C.B. Cochran brought him in to work on the Rodgers and Hart musical Ever Green. He was the first black choreographer to work on an all white theatre production. He set up a studio in London, and until 1967 worked with the greatest names in British musical theatre, including Jessie Matthews, Jack Buchanan and Anna Neagle.

Bruce Forsyth went to him as a boy to learn American-style tap dancing. The revolving stage in Ever Green was a nightmare for Bradley and his co- choreographer Billy Pierce.The dancers had never performed on a revolve before. They had rehearsed on the non-moving floor of the dance studio and didn’t get to work with the revolve until the pre-London try-out in Glasgow. As the floor moved one way, the dancers moved in the opposite direction and they kept smashing into each other.