Barry Cryer 1935-2022

Barry with Kay Carman and CAA member and Tiller Girl Rosalie Kirkman

Our much loved Patron Barry Cryer passed away on 26th January 2022. He had presented his own hilarious show at the club only two months before.

Barry was born in Leeds on 23rd March 1935 to John Cryer an accountant and his wife Jean. Barry’s father died when he was just five years old. A Grammar School boy, Barry went on to study English Literature at Leeds University during which time he became a writer for Leeds based Proscenium Players.

After appearing in the university revue, Barry was offered a week’s work at the Leeds City Varieties Theatre, home of the Good Old Days and Barry left university to go into show business full time. After impressing impresario Vivian Van Damm, Barry Cryer began as the bottom billing act at the Windmill Theatre.

Barry Cryer at the CAA 2021
Barry Cryer on-stage at the CAA 2021

Barry suffered from eczema and was hospitalised eight times in twelve years. He was released from his Windmill Theatre contract and decided that a performing career was not ideal because of his skin condition, so focused on writing. Barry joined the cast of Expresso Bongo in 1957 in which he recorded the song ‘The Purple People Eater.’ Barry Cryer’s first writing credits were four sketches for the Jimmy Logan Show.

Barry became head writer with an occasional stage role for Danny La Rue’s London night club, where he was spotted by David Frost. This led to Barry joining the writing team on ‘A Degree of Frost’ which also included John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman. David Frost used Barry on several shows which established Barry as a top comedy writer by the 1970s.

Barry Cryer is shown serving wine in the iconic Four Yorkshiremen sketch in ‘At Last the 1948 Show.’ He enjoyed a long partnership with Graham Chapman. Together they wrote about 50 TV Shows including ‘Doctor In The House’ (1969-70) and several for Ronnie Corbett including ‘No, That’s Me Over Here’ (1968-70) and ‘The Prince of Denmark’ (1974). With other writers he contributed to ‘The Ronnie Corbett Show’ (1987) and ‘The Two Ronnies’ (1971-87).

Barry with Kay Carman and CAA member and Tiller Girl Rosalie Kirkman
Barry with Kay Carman and CAA member and Tiller Girl Rosalie Kirkman

Barry always preferred to write in partnership. His regular partner through the 1970s was John Junkin. Barry still enjoyed performing, appearing with Tim Brooke –Taylor and Junkin in the BBC Radio series ‘Hello Cheeky.’ He also appeared on TV in ‘The Steam Video Company’ and hosted the ITV comedy panel game ‘Joker’s Wild’ (1969-74). He went on to make cameo appearances with the Rutles and Kenny Everett.

Barry toured with Willie Rushton in ‘Two Old Farts in the Night’ and joined the popular long running BBC radio comedy programme ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue ‘ which began in 1972 and is still running today. In 1995 he toured the UK with ‘Barry Cryer-the first Farewell Tour.’ He followed that up in 2008 touring with Colin Sell in ‘Barry Cryer-Still Alive.’ He was the subject of ‘This Is Your life’ in 1995 and was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to comedy drama.

Barry married singer and dancer Theresa Donovan (known as Terry) in 1962. They had four children, three sons and a daughter and one grandchild. His contribution to British comedy was truly outstanding and those of us in the full house at the CAA who saw what must have been one of his last performances, will cherish the memory for always.

by Chris Hare

CAA Patron BARRY CRYER On Stage at the Club

Barry Cryer on Stage

WITH THE PASSING OF COMEDY GENIUS BARRY CRYER, THE CLUB HAS LOST A MARVELLOUS PATRON AND SUPPORTER.

Site Admin 27th Jan 2022

A WONDERFUL AFTERNOON at the club on the 2nd of November.

Barry Cryer entertained us all brilliantly together with his great pianist and friend, Colin Sell. The full house were swept away on a magical carpet of humour and enjoyment. The Hall rocked with laughter!

Barry Cryer is a true Showbiz STAR and LEGEND. A huge thanks to our PATRON BARRY CRYER!! All our love and thanks from

Kay, Chairman, and all of our Members.

Glen Hayes with Colin Sell
Glen Hayes with Colin Sell
Barry with Kay Carman and CAA member and Tiller Girl Rosalie Kirkman
Barry with Kay Carman and CAA member and Tiller Girl Rosalie Kirkman

Betty Crosskey Gets a Lift

During 2019 we invested in a major refurbishment for the club. Many members  kindly and generously donated towards the cost.

Betty Crosskey was a major benefactor asking only in return that she would be the first to sample our new lift. Here is Betty in October 2019 doing just that. As Pam Cundell would say ‘Onwards and Upwards!’

Betty Crosskey tries out the new lift

Backstage Bites

Updated 2nd October 2021

THIS INFORMATION POST HAS NOW BEEN GIVEN IT’S OWN NEW TOP-LEVEL PAGE. PLEASE VISIT  “Menu & Catering” here… for the latest details.

BACKSTAGE BITES

FOOD MENU

PREVIOUSLY THE MENU WAS PLACED HERE BUT HAS BEEN UPDATED… To find the current menu please use the link above to the main page. Thank you.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon,

Peter Cliffe for Backstage Bites

Phone 07801 351863

Email p.cliffe18@sky.com

Major Club Refurbishments 2019 Part.7

Image of Kay on site
Kay on site

LATEST REFURBISHMENT PICTURES…

Here are the latest set of pictures taken at the club during the ongoing works.

These photos were taken upon a site visit on October 24th 2019.

Enlarged bar refurbishment
View from bar to stairs and lift
View from bar to stairs and lift
View across enlarged bar to double width entrance
View across enlarged bar to double width entrance
Reduced sized office image
Reduced sized office to accommodate double width bar entrance
Lift exit image
Lift exit
New double width bar entrance image
New double width bar entrance. Small chair lift to be added to left hand stairs
Bar refurb in progress image
Bar refurb in progress
Bar refurb from entrance image
Bar refurb from entrance
Lift shaft image
Lift shaft having reflective facia being added

Major Club Refurbishments 2019 Part.6

LATEST REFURBISHMENT PICTURES…

Here are the latest set of pictures taken at the club during the ongoing works.

These photos were taken upon a site visit on October 10th 2019.

Image of Kay on site
Kay on site
Hall renovation
New wall panels in hall
Exit from lift at top of stairs
Enlarged bar being refurbished
New double width entrance to bar
View of entrance hall from office
Green room (temporary site office)
Reduced size office

Major Club Refurbishments 2019 Part.5

Image of Kay on site
Kay on site

LATEST REFURBISHMENT PICTURES…

Here are the latest set of pictures taken at the club during the ongoing works.

These photos were taken upon a site visit during mid September 2019.

The green room renovation image
The green room renovation
Reduced size office renovation image
Reduced size office renovation
Exit from lift to double width upper foyer image
Exit from lift to double width upper foyer
Top of suspended lift and exit to bar
Top of suspended lift and exit to bar
Lift shaft in situ pre cladding image
Lift shaft in situ pre cladding
Re wiring the entrance image
Re wiring the entrance
Lift platform image
Lift platform
New ceiling above stage image
New ceiling above stage
New stage area image
New stage area
Kitchen refurbishment image
Kitchen refurbishment

Major Club Refurbishments of 2019 Part.3

MORE PICTURES OF THE REFURB…

These were taken in early August. The structural demolition, rewiring and routing of services such as water intake, removal or renovation and preparation of the walls and brickwork is intricate and forms the basis for all the following redecoration. The lift is being manufactured off site then installed.

Looking towards bar. Ladder is where new widened foyer will be
Looking towards bar. Ladder is where new widened foyer will be
Kitchen cleared ready for new installation
Kitchen cleared ready for new installation
Entrance hall under construction
Entrance hall under construction
The Hall
The Hall
Roof void by office in preparation for lift installation
Roof void by office in preparation for lift installation
Staircase in preparation for lift installation
Staircase in preparation for lift installation
New double width foyer leading up to bar
New double width foyer leading up to bar

Major Club Refurbishments of 2019 Part.2

PICTURES OF THE CLUB’S ONGOING REFURBISHMENT TAKEN 18TH JUNE 2019

The office under refurbishment
THE OFFICE
The staircase under refurbishment
THE STAIRCASE
The entrance under refurbishment
THE ENTRANCE
The hall and entrance to the kitchen
THE HALL AND ENTRANCE TO THE KITCHEN
The hall under refurbishment
THE HALL
The office looking at the Green Room
THE OFFICE LOOKING AT THE GREEN ROOM
Looking down the stairs under refurbishment
LOOKING DOWN THE STAIRS
The stairwell under refurbishment
THE STAIRWELL
The office under refurbishment
THE OFFICE

Extract from the Chairman’s August 2019 Newsletter: 

The club has more or less been ‘gutted ‘. Please bear in mind these were taken in mid-June and things have moved on dramatically. We are having a complete new Kitchen; a new extended Bar; a smaller office to accommodate a wider entrance to the bar and lift exit; a lift from the foyer up to the office level and a small stair lift up to the Bar. In the Concert Hall we will have a new extended stage area and brand new AV and lighting, all of this together with other interesting changes including new floor and panelling. The whole club has been rewired and other issues such as water intakes rationalised.

We have excellent builders/electricians & consultants etc working for us and they are paying great attention to detail. The works really are complex! The builders have gone back to the brickwork to give us a new sturdy club that will last at least another 50 years.

Kay Carman