10 May 2016 | ARTICLE
This year STOMP celebrates 25 years since the show launched at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In honour of our Silver anniversary, we’re taking a look back at what was happening in the UK in 1991…
- Many hit films were released including Thelma and Louise, Beauty and the Beast, Father of the Bride, Hook and Silence of the Lambs.
- The Rugby World Cup took place in England.
- Clockwork Radio was invented in England by Trevor Baylis.
- Big UK Number 1 singles included “The One and Only” (Chesney Hawkes), “The Shoop Shoop Song (it’s in His Kiss)” (Cher), “Black or White” (Michael Jackson) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen).
- The longest single to hold the number 1 spot was Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, which was at the top for 16 consecutive weeks.
- Several now famous celebrities entered the world in 1991, including musicians Ed Sheeran and Pixie Lott, actress Emma Roberts and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.
- In the West End, Children of Eden opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, Our Town opened at the Shaftesbury theatre and Blood Brothers transferred from the Albery Theatre to the Phoenix Theatre.
- In the summer of 1991, Pavarotti performed in Hyde Park to commemorate 30 years in Opera to a crowd of over 100,000 people.
- The Royal Albert Hall hosted a completely different type of entertainment, with the first ever Sumo tournament outside of Japan.
- Whilst STOMP took its first steps at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, several comedians also made a name for themselves at the festival. Main prize nominees for the Perrier Comedy Awards included Jack Dee, Eddie Izzard and Lily Savage, with Frank Skinner taking the winning spot.
What do you remember from 1991? Here’s a few 1991 classics to take you back!