Programme for Charles Cochran's musical Ever Green
Royal Adelphi Theatre, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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.