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Still from "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005) depicting the "Windmill Girls" rehearsing c1940.

Still from "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005) depicting the "Windmill Girls" rehearsing c1940.

A scene from "Mrs Henderson Presents" depicting the dressing room at the Windmill Theatre. During the worst of the Blitz it was sometimes too dangerous to expect staff to get home and the stagehands and performers often sheltered in the lower two floors of the theatre, which were underground. The Windmill girls sometimes ended up sleeping in the dressing room, situated in the basement.

A scene from "Mrs Henderson Presents" depicting the dressing room at the Windmill Theatre. During the worst of the Blitz it was sometimes too dangerous to expect staff to get home and the stagehands and performers often sheltered in the lower two floors of the theatre, which were underground. The Windmill girls sometimes ended up sleeping in the dressing room, situated in the basement.

A computer-enhanced scene of Piccadilly Circus around the time of WW2 taken from "Mrs Henderson Presents".

A computer-enhanced scene of Piccadilly Circus around the time of WW2 taken from "Mrs Henderson Presents".

Revudeville no.184: Windmill Girls, Moy Wong, Pat Raphael, Winifred Hodge and Jackie Jennings at the Windmill Theatre during WW2.

Revudeville no.184: Windmill Girls, Moy Wong, Pat Raphael, Winifred Hodge and Jackie Jennings at the Windmill Theatre during WW2.

Debbie Reynolds and Marge Champion in rehearsal for ‘Give a Girl a Break’, 1953.

Debbie Reynolds and Marge Champion in rehearsal for ‘Give a Girl a Break’, 1953.

Poster

Poster

Dressing room

Dressing room

Cover of sheet music for The Lambeth Walk, 1937.

Cover of sheet music for The Lambeth Walk, 1937.

New rules for the dancers at the Windmill theatre, lights out at 11, the girls sleep on the floor of their dressing room as they eat, sleep and work at the theatre, 19th October 1940. Pictured are Margaret McGrath [lower],Sonia Stacpoole [Middle], and Wenda Hurst [top]. Original Publication : Picture Post - 316 - Backstage - pub. 1940. (Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New rules for the dancers at the Windmill theatre, lights out at 11, the girls sleep on the floor of their dressing room as they eat, sleep and work at the theatre, 19th October 1940. Pictured are Margaret McGrath [lower],Sonia Stacpoole [Middle], and Wenda Hurst [top]. Original Publication : Picture Post - 316 - Backstage - pub. 1940. (Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

30th September 1939: Air raid warden Judy McCrea puts on some make-up while on duty at Paddington. She is a showgirl at the Windmill Theatre in London ~

30th September 1939: Air raid warden Judy McCrea puts on some make-up while on duty at Paddington. She is a showgirl at the Windmill Theatre in London ~

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