The OPQs in Vaudeville

Entertainment troupe visits Hill End

By Sian Butcher

Programme for February 8th 1913 [HM1/A10/2]
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

On Saturday February 8th 1913, Hill End’s¬†entertainment came in the form of the ‘OPQs’. This group may have been a comedy singing theatre act as suggested through the titles of their songs, such as ‘If the Missus says it’s black’.

Attached to the programme is a photograph of the OPQs.

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  • I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with any information regarding the Olympia Players Quintet and its founder, Mr Franklyn Vernon, who is my great grandfather on my mother’s side. I know that they played the Pier at Weston-super-Mare for ten years and in the 1920s moved to Eastbourne, till the company disbanded in the mid to late 20s. I have some photos of Franklyn as the Mad Hatter and with the OPQs, which are dated, but any further information would be greatly appreciated.

    By Matthew Vernon (13/11/2014)
  • Interested to see the picture of the OPQS. My grandfather Franklyn Vernon (stage name) was the founder of the group and they performed in many places and I believe other asylums. My grandfather was a comic and serious stage actor and played the Mad Hatter in London Theatres. I have more info if interested.

    By Toni Jones (22/01/2012)