Chris Beeching trained as a dancer at the Bush Davies and ballet Rambert schools, after which there followed several years with the Sadler’s Wells opera ballet (later the English national opera), under the direction of western theatre ballet, where he danced leading roles.

His debut in London’s west end theatre was made as Brent Tarlatan in the musical version of Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane. Other west end appearances include Oliver, The Card; and the original London production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Victor in the hit show Cats. Other musicals he has appeared in include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat; Salad Days; Nell; and the Paris production of Sweet Charity.

Chris has also made many appearances on TV (including the six wives of Henry VIII; Elizabeth R; the Strauss family; Pennies from Heaven) and in film (Quilp; Billy Wilder’s the Secret Lives of Sherlock Holmes;

In 1984 the one man show Champagne Charlie was especially written for him to mark the 100th anniversary of death of the first British super star of the music halls, George Leybourne (1842 – 1884) creator and singer of the songs Champagne Charlie and the daring young man on the flying trapeze. In the years since 1984, Chris has performed the show all over the Britain at a large variety of venues, from the historic New Tyne Theatre in Newcastle to London’s Mayfair theatre.

A CD was made of songs from Champagne Charlie and excerpts have been broadcast on the BBC radio 2’s arts programme. For the ITV television series bright lights, big city he performed songs from Champagne Charlie which were used throughout the six programmes.

Chris is also well known to music hall audiences up and down the England, including the famous city varieties music hall in Leeds, having a repertoire of songs he has made, “all his own, his very own!”

Recognised as the world’s leading expert on Champagne Charlie Chris is often referred to by academics and experts in the field of music hall. Even the BBC travelled to Crete to interview him for a documentary.

Since moving to Crete, Chris has been seen on local television, presenting a series of 20-minute documentaries about life on Crete.

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