The Part Two story

During its 4 year life, Part Two had many famous guests - some were there as performers and some simply came along to have a good night out. Many of the casts from shows at the Playhouse and Theatre Royal trouped down en masse after their shows had finished. See below.

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The outrageous Divine, star of several John Waters films, performed his/her act while seated on a toilet. In real life he was a very quiet and sedate man.

Two people with a sad history were occasional guests. John Curry - Olympic skating gold medallist of 1976 - turned up while performing at the playhouse. He later died of AIDS - according to one newspaper report died in the arms of Alan Bates, with whom he had an affair.

When Brian Clough bullied Justin Fashanu about his visit to "that bloody poofs club", the bigotted football manager was of course refering to Part Two.

Eartha Kitt arrived at Nottingham Station (extremely drunk) dragging a mink coat across the platform. She insisted on being driven around Nottingham in a Rolls Royce.

Imelda Staunton (now famous for "Vera Drake" and her performance in the Harry Potter films) was appearing in "Mack and Mabel" at the Playhouse.

The Mack and Mabel tunes helped Torvill and Dean win one of their several World Championship skating gold medals. The composer of those tunes was the writer of Hello Dolly, Jerry Herman who also made an appearance while his musical was being played in Nottingham.

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Ross mentioned several memorable nights:

  • The mud wrestling event which took place in cooperation with HIM magazine. The wrestling models were auditioned (no inverted commas here) by Ross himself.
  • One Halloween, the club was raided by the Police (uniforms, but no truncheons) - the raid passed off without incident.
  • 42 loo seats were stolen - all from the Ladies loos. Apparently, they were passed through the toilet windows and treasured as souvenirs.
  • One Easter there was a "Hot Cross Buns" competition. A large screen with several strategically placed holes was set up. The contestants - hidden on the far side of the screen - pulled their pants down and had their assets graded as they poked through the screen.
  • Other famous guests included the cast of Coronation Street and Cynthia Payne - Madame Sin.
  • There was a seating area on the roof of the building where, from time to time, Ross Smith would invite a guest for a "roof top soiree" - inverted commas needed here.

Martyn Wood, Part Two's DJ - now living in Spain - has his own website at http://www.costadeldisco.com with some pictures and references to Part Two in the gallery section.

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