TV mini-series, based on the novel by J.B. Priestley, following the adventures of a young man introduced to the music hall circuit in the early 20th century. When Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) is taken on as an assistant by his Uncle Nick (John Castle), a magician, he is thrown headfirst into both the glamour and seediness of life as a stage entertainer. Richard particularly struggles with women and is easily ensnared by Lily Faris (Pamela Stephenson). The series contains one of Laurence Olivier’s final performances before his death in 1989.
This 1986 TV dramatisation of JB Priestley’s novel about the dying days of the music hall in England just before the First World War stars Colin Firth Pamela Stephenson Laurence Olivier and John Castle
Lost Empires is a powerful and evocative recreation of the dying days of the music hall circuit. Adrift in the world, young Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) is taken on by his formidable Uncle Nick, a top-of-the-bill magician working under the ‘exotic’ name of Ganga Dun. Richard finds himself immersed in the dusty glamour of a life onstage introducing him to comedians, dancers, musicians, jugglers, singers… and women, beautiful, talented, tempting women.Featuring a superb cast, including Laurence Olivier, gripping in one of his last performances as a comic past his prime, and Pamela Stephenson as a beautiful Siren beckoning Richard to the rocks, Lost Empires captures the fading magic and constant upheaval of a life on the road with its glamorous theatres and dour boarding houses; the smell of more than just greasepaint, the roar of more than just the crowd.