Performing everywhere from Standen (National Trust) to the National Maritime Museum, via Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Thames sailing barges, folk clubs and festivals including International Shanty Festivals, we offer two shows:

  • The Historical Show – we have been performing this show for around ten years at various clubs and societies. It is a mix of historical slide sets (using both original and modern readings) with some comic entertainment to give a taste of turn-of-the-century humour.
  • The Musical Show – together with a group of friends we have created a unique show using a number of songs, tunes, poems and monologues to give a different perspective on the slides, from Victorian music hall to traditional folk and from classic poetry to home-grown commentary.

For enquiries please contact Allan and Irene via the Magic Lantern Society website


Other lanternists performing in U.K.


The Magic Lantern Society does not guarantee that any performance you arrange will match your requirements and recommends that you agree your needs in detail with any potential lanternist. Any resulting contract or arrangement to provide a show will be between the organiser and the lanternist only and will not involve the Magic Lantern Society in any way.