Me and My Girl is a popular British stage musical, with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay.
It was originally performed at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, in 1937, and starred Lupino Lane. At first attracting little notice, the production gained immediate success after a matinee performance was broadcast live on BBC radio, following the cancellation of a sporting event. Me and My Girl went on to run for a phenomenal 1,646 performances. The show's showstopper, "The Lambeth Walk", has the distinction of being the only popular song to be the subject of a headline in The Times. In October, 1938, one of its headlines read, "While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances - to The Lambeth Walk."
On May 1, 1939, a performance was televised from the theatre, one of the first times such a thing was done. In 1940, a movie version was filmed entitled, The Lambeth Walk.
Me and My Girl was revived in 1952, and again in 1984, with a revised script by Stephen Fry, at the Leicester Haymarket theatre, from where it transferred to London's West End for a successful eight year run at the Adelphi Theatre, later going on tour throughout Britain, and transferring to New York's Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in 1986.
A new production of Me and My Girl is to begin an eight-month tour on September 1, 2006 . Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with a cast including Richard Frame (Bill Knibson), Faye Tozer (Sally Smith). Sylvester McCoy, Trevor Bannister and Dillie Keane, it opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, before going on to Sheffield, Manchester, Malvern, Woking, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, York, Leeds, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Bradford, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff and Southampton, with other dates to be confirmed.