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‘I was thrilled to perform in panto in Rochdale’

Jimmy Cricket tweeted he was thrilled in appear in a pantomime in his adopted hometown of Rochdale

Jimmy Cricket said he was thrilled in appear in a pantomime in his adopted home town of Rochdale.

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy played Professor Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington in both Ellesmere Port and in Rochdale.

Ellesmere Port Civic Centre staged the show until 20 December and Rochdale’s Gracie Fields Theatre from 22-31 December.

The panto also featured The Chase’s Mark Labbett (known as The Beast), who played King Rat.

Jimmy tweeted: “What a thrill it was to play panto in my adopted home town of Rochdale, at the Gracie Fields Theatre. I ‘d like to thank all my friends and neighbours for supporting their local Theatre.”

The 72-year-old comedian also posted his thanks to everyone involved in the production of the panto, including his “wonderful” fellow cast members.

Jimmy Cricket tweeted his thanks to everyone involved in the panto

A pleasant surprise ahead of Christmas pantomime

 

Jimmy Cricket's December column in the Preston-based Lancashire Post

Jimmy Cricket has revealed his joyful amazement when he discovered the identity of one of his fellow pantomime performers.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer is currently playing Professor Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington, which is running at the Gracie Fields Theatre until New Year’s Eve in Rochdale where he lives.

The panto also features The Chase’s Mark Labbett (also known as The Beast), who plays King Rat.

Jimmy, 72, says in his December column in the Preston-based Lancashire Post that over the years he has played a lot of shows at a small theatre called the Westcliffe in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

“Every now and then, when I would come round to the front of house after the show to say goodnight, there would be a lady called Chrissie Grew with her two sons,” he recalls.

“As the years went by, Chrissie would keep in touch telling me about one of her boys – Danny – who developed a ‘magic act’.

“She would tell me about him taking his first tentative steps into the world of show business. Then her emails would get more exciting as more and more bookings would come in.

“Fast forward to a few months ago and I sign up to play panto in my adopted town of Rochdale this Christmas.

“I arrive to do the publicity launch and guess who’s playing Dick Whittington? You’re absolutely right! Danny! Yes, all those times his mum, Chrissie, took him to see stage shows planted seeds of a flower that has now blossomed.”

Dick Whittington panto details

Jimmy Cricket: What I want for Christmas and Strictly Come Dancing

Jimmy Cricket appeared in the 50th edition of Rochdale Style

Jimmy Cricket was the subject of a special feature in the 50th edition of Rochdale Style.

The article about the Rochdale-based, Belfast-born comedian, 72, was in a question-and-answer format.

Among the questions were what does the Northern Irish entertainer want for Christmas.

His reply? “Peace or the box set of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I just watch Fred on YouTube and think he’s incredible. He’s a big inspiration to me.”

And when asked if he would appear on BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing, Jimmy said: “Oh Yes? Tomorrow!”

The Rochdale Style magazine is edited by actor Colin Meredith, a good friend of Jimmy.

Jimmy is currently playing Professor Fitzwarren in pantomime Dick Whittington, which is running at Rochdale’s Gracie Fields Theatre until New Year’s Eve.

The panto also features The Chase’s Mark Labbett (also known as The Beast), who plays King Rat.

Dick Whittington panto details

 

A Christmas-themed spectacular in East Anglia

Jimmy tweeted his thanks to the Nine Lives Theatre Company and Wisbech Council for a "wonderful Christmas-themed show".Jimmy Cricket returned to Wisbech in East Anglia to headline a “spectacular Christmas variety show for the whole family”.

The famous Northern Irish comedian performed at The Tower Ballroom in the market town, having been asked back following several successful shows there in recent years.

Jimmy tweeted his thanks to a host of people, including the Nine Lives Theatre Company and Wisbech Council, for a “wonderful Christmas-themed show”.

Jimmy Cricket returned to Wisbech in East Anglia to headline a "spectacular Christmas variety show for the whole family".

 

 

Christmas show @Square Chapel in Halifax was a ‘wonderful evening’

Jimmy Cricket posted a thank-you message on Twitter after his Christmas show at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, West YorkshireJimmy Cricket expressed his thanks to all after thoroughly enjoying his Christmas show at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Friday’s event also featured pianist Roger Stevenson, songwriters Cath Binns and Angus MacGregor, festive songs from the Halifax-based Sing for Fun ladies group and Christmas cheer from the local talented performers of the Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop.

Afterwards, Jimmy posted a message on social media channel Twitter saying it had been a “wonderful evening”.

Arts centre in Halifax to host Christmas show

Jimmy Cricket will be teaming up with the local community for a special Christmas show at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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The famous entertainer will be armed with his usual one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and, yes, that ever present letter from his mammy!

The show, on Friday 24 November, will also feature the musical prowess of songwriters Cath Binns and Angus MacGregor, festive songs from the Halifax-based Sing for Fun ladies group and Christmas cheer from the local talented performers of the Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop.

Tickets for the show are £10 per ticket with Under-16s getting in for £5. More details can be found at www.squarechapel.co.uk

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Tinsel & turkey with great friends Eric & Gloria

Jimmy Cricket with old friends Eric and Gloria

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife May enjoyed an evening with some old friends at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool recently.

They had a Christmas-themed dinner in the hotel restaurant with Eric Devereaux – himself an entertainer – and his wife Gloria.

Jimmy, 72, has been doing another season of performances at the Lyndene, which welcomes tourists and visitors all year round .

After the illuminations season ends each year, it goes straight into its Christmas season with tinsel and turkey stays.

Then, post-Christmas and at the start of each New Year, the Lyndene offers attractive packages to keep the hotel ticking over until after Easter, when the early summer season arrives.

Jimmy tweeted: “November is Turkey and Tinsel time, had a lovely meal here in the restaurant with my great friends Eric and Gloria! 🎄

 

Back in Blackpool for another season at the popular Lyndene Hotel

Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket has started his 2017 residency at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

His opening night of what is a 22-date season was 21 January and he has five shows lined up there for February, beginning on Wednesday (the full schedule is below).

The rest of Jimmy’s visits will span the coming spring and autumn, with November being the busiest month for him when he will perform there every Wednesday and Saturday.

Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 71,  said: “I was thrilled my 2017 opener went well and a lot of people were present, even though it was a cold January night in Blackpool!”

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Lyndene Hotel

The Lyndene is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

For this hotel perched on the Blackpool seafront,  after the illuminations season ends each year it is straight into its Christmas season with turkey and tinsel stays.

Then post-Christmas and at the start of each New Year, the Lyndene offers attractive packages to keep the hotel ticking over until after Easter, when the early summer season arrives.

Jimmy added: “I am really pleased to have kicked off my 2017 season there as I enjoy being associated with the hotel, and Blackpool always has been – and will continue to be – one of my most favourite places to entertain.”

The famous entertainer appeared at the hotel over the 2015 August Bank Holiday weekend and was so popular he was invited back for a spring run of 32 dates during the first part of last year.

A list of Jimmy’s shows for this year is below.

Lyndene dates 2017

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks!

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features new US president Donald TrumpDear readers,

I cannot believe 2016 is coming to an end and the Christmas season is once more upon us.

This year has been a fantastic one for me personally as it all started back in January with a service led by the Bishop of Salford to formally award me with my Papal Knighthood.

During the year I have also been fortunate to have:

·         Been involved in some great shows, such as the You Must Be Joking, which toured Northern Ireland back in the spring, and the opening weekend of The Good Old Days autumn season at the world-famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds

·         Made a couple of appearances alongside my friend Tony Crane and the iconic 60s band The Merseybeats

·         Had trips to Spain to appear in some lovely venues around the Costa Blanca region

·         Paid visits to the Warner Leisure sites at Nidd Hall in Harrogate and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

·         Did a spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

·         Continued to write a monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post

·         And managed, at long last, to launch a new Christmas CD for the Francis House Children’s Hospice – a project I’ve been wanting to get off the ground for a couple of years. As I write this, I am nearing sales of more than 1,300 from this year’s festive period.

This Christmas I am at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds featuring in a panto production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And then when we get into 2017, I immediately fly off to Tenerife for an appearance there early in the New Year!

And there’s more…

… Other highlights for 2017 include a return to the Benidorm Palace in March alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers; another residency back at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool over the winter, spring and the autumn; teaming up with my pals from  show band group Clubsound for a night in Northern Ireland In April; a visit to the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey over the Easter weekend; a voyage with Cruise & Maritime Voyages around the Faroe Islands in July; and plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

If you see me advertised at any venue near you in 2017, please do come along and say ‘Hi’!

That reminds me… can I thank all those who over the last year have either seen one of my shows, or browsed this website, or bought one of my CDs or DVDs.

All that remains for me to say, dear readers, is have a happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

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