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Ringing out the Bow Bells for the true cockney

PUBLISHED: 20:37 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

A MUSICAL about the original Cockney church is premiered at St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London on Monday and Tuesday (June 23 and 24), writes Victoria Huntley. You are said to be a true cockney’ if you’re born within the sound of Bow Bells.

A MUSICAL about the original Cockney church is premiered at St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London on Monday and Tuesday (June 23 and 24), writes Victoria Huntley.

You are said to be 'a true cockney' if you're born within the sound of Bow Bells.

So the bells are being rung out for an hour before the performance, which is aptly named Ring Out the Bow Bells.

That means anyone in labour at St Bartholemew's Hospital close by could well give birth to 'a real cockney.'

The Cockney musical, with 18 original songs, is a love story set in the Bow Bells, a real East End pub in Commercial-street in Spitalfields, two miles East, that is the hub of the community and the old Spitalfields Market.

The story romps along with amusing complications and surprising outcomes.

Performances at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, are at 7.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Tickets £20. Box office: 07957-364216.


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