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Jimmy Cricket on stage with Shropshire dancers

Whitchurch Civic Centre

Jimmy Cricket and his wife entertained on stage alongside performers from a local dance academy earlier this month.

The famous entertainer, 71, and Mrs Cricket, known professionally as singer May Marion, were in Shropshire for his Value for a tenner show on Sunday 11 June.

He said: “Mrs Cricket and myself enjoyed performing at the Whitchurch Civic Centre afternoon show alongside the wonderful Maggie May’s Dance Academy!”

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Whitchurch Civic Centre
Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Whitchurch Civic Centre

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage

Jimmy Cricket and Katie Mulgrew
An award-winning play written by Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, Katie Mulgrew, is being staged in Liverpool this week.
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus
Review of Katie Mulgrew’s debut play in The Stage

Comedian Katie (pictured above with Jimmy) was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.

Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she was given the opportunity to see her debut play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.
And it is currently being performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court, which is closed for development work, to rave reviews!
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, says in a review: “The plot manages to stay just the right side of plausible to hold the audience’s attention and the play has a satisfying overall shape to it.”
It also tweeted: “Entertaining and very funny debut play by .”
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus

Great fun with some old friends on Isle of Wight

Jimmy Cricket at the Shanklin Club on the Isle of Wight

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed some “totally unrehearsed, spontaneous jamming” when he performed recently at a show on the Isle of Wight.

The 71-year-old entertainer  appeared with Joey And The Jivers, alias The Graduates, on a special cabaret evening at the Shanklin Conservative Club last Saturday (3 June).

The Regal Restaurant at the Shanklin Conservative Club on the Isle of WightFamous Irish funnyman Jimmy also met up with his old friends Melvyn Hayes, Ray Allen (who wrote the popular sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em) and showbiz journalist John Hannam at The Regal Restaurant.

Jimmy tweeted: “Great night with old friends” and “Great fun totally unrehearsed, spontaneous jamming with thanks for a great night boys at The Shanklin Con Club Isle-of-Wight!”

For the younger readers among you, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em starred Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. It was first broadcast in 1973 and ran for three series, ending in 1978 but returning briefly in 2016 for a one-off special.

The series followed the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant wife, Betty, though his attempts to hold down a job frequently ended in disaster!

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Shanklin Club on the Isle of Wight

‘Amazing audience’ for Royal Hippodrome show

The British Music Hall Society organised the showThe Royal Hippodrome Theatre in EastbourneJimmy Jimmy Cricket starred in the morning showCricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in a show called Day By The Sea at the weekend.

The famous Irish funnyman appeared at the one-day event of comedy, music and song at the Royal Hippodrome theatre in Eastbourne.

Also on the bill was Jimmy’s big pal Don Maclean, an English actor and comedian who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt in the 1970s.

Sue Devaney, known for television roles in Coronation Street, Jonny Briggs, Casualty and Dinnerladies as well as being a regular stage performer, and English pop singer, jazz singer and actress Helen Shapiro were also among the entertainers.

The event, which took place last Saturday, was organised by the British Music Hall Society.

Jimmy, 71, said: “Great morning spent with old friends! I was on at 10.50am and the audience was amazing, really ready for a variety show at that time of the morning!”

East Sussex club to Sussex Downs holiday camp

Jimmy Cricket

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket followed up his appearance in East Sussex with a visit to the stunning South Downs of Sussex 24 hours later.

The 71-year-old entertainer was at the Little Common British Legion Club in Bexhill-on-Sea on Saturday 27 May and the next day was at Medmerry Park Holiday Village (below) in Chichester.

Jimmy said: “Thank you to Julie the compere at Chichester and Alan on sound and lightning, and for our wonderful sea fronted bungalow accommodation!”

Medmerry Park Holiday Village

‘Wonderful chips’ at the Royal British Legion Poppy Club in Bexhill-on-Sea!

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Royal British Legion Poppy Club in Little Common, Bexhill-on-Sea

Jimmy Cricket thoroughly enjoyed his visit – and the chips! – to the Little Common Royal British Legion Poppy Club in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

The event on Saturday night (27 May) was billed as “a night of comedy, fun, music and dance with the legendary Jimmy Cricket”.

The event on Saturday night (27 May) was billed as "a night of comedy, fun, music and dance with the legendary Jimmy Cricket"

Afterwards, Jimmy said: “Thank you to John at the Little Common Royal British Legion Club at Bexhill-on-Sea and to Brian the DJ and to Nicky and Chloe who made Mrs Cricket and myself some wonderful chips!”

The Royal British Legion is a UK charity providing lifelong support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans, and their families all year round.

 

Seven Liverpool sisters in North Wales audience

Jimmy Cricket with Soul Jam

Seven sisters from the same Liverpool family were in the audience at a Jimmy Cricket show last weekend.

Soul Jam performing

The famous entertainer was performing at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Park in RhyI, North Wales, along with Soul Jam, which is made up of Jo, Neil and JT (who are pictured with Jimmy above and performing right).

Jimmy, 71, tweeted afterwards: “A big thank you to the 7 Crummie Sisters who sat at the front for making last night’s show at the Lyon’s Cabaret Club in Rhyl such a joy!”

Six of the sisters are pictured below with Jimmy.

Jimmy Cricket with the Crummie sisters

London Palladium hosts Equity celebration event

London Palladium

Jimmy Cricket at the London PalladiumJimmy Cricket has hosted a celebration involving the famous Equity union at the iconic London Palladium theatre.

The event took place in the Val Parnell bar on Tuesday 16 May, exactly 50 years after actors’ union Equity – which Jimmy has been a member of for most of his career as an entertainer –  incorporated the Variety Artistes’ Federation into its ranks.

Well-known comedian Jimmy, 71, was asked to host the event by the general secretary of Equity, Christine Payne.

London Palladium

 

Finding a ‘little gem’ near Omagh’s Strule theatre

Jimmy Cricket outside the thatched pub in Omagh

Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May recently came across a pub with a thatched roof while working at the nearby Strule Arts Centre theatre in Omagh. 

Sean Og’s pub is themed like the one in John Ford’s 1952 classic film The Quiet Man starring legendary actor John Wayne and the wonderful Maureen O’Hara, who was an Irish-born American actress and singer.

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy, 71, described Sean Og’s pub as a “little gem”.

Jimmy Cricket behind the bar!

BBC Radio Ulster show on Jimmy’s Belfast roots

rish comedian Owen O’NeillJimmy Cricket has been invited to guest in a new radio series for BBC Radio Ulster called The Town I Love So Well .

The series will comprise half-hour radio programmes presented by Irish comedian Owen O’Neill (left), who is a popular Northern Ireland-based writer, actor and comedian.

Each episode of the series will feature a well-known celebrity from Northern Ireland being interviewed by Owen in and around their home town and surrounding areas.

In Jimmy’s case the programme will look back at his childhood and formative years growing up in West Belfast. This episode will feature locations which have significant memories for Jimmy and they will provide an interesting backdrop and talking point for his discussions with Owen.

Famous comedian Jimmy, 71, will be recording his programme on 23 May and the show will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster one Saturday morning at 10.30 am – date to be confirmed.

BBC Radio Ulster