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Fantastic entertainment and good, clean fun in Port Sunlight!

Lovely afternoon at the #GladstoneTheatre with #ChrisBooth and the Chriska Stage School, and my thanks also to Jordan the manager and all the volunteers, with Steve today on sound and Dan on lighting, followed by a meal locally with our very good friends Bill and #SueLees

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed his latest show at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight at the weekend – and clearly others did too.

The popular Northern Irish comedian, 73, has performed several times in the past at the Greendale Road venue on The Wirral, the latest being on Sunday 14 April.

He posted on social media afterwards: “Lovely afternoon at the #GladstoneTheatre with #ChrisBooth and the Chriska Stage School, and my thanks also to Jordan the manager and all the volunteers, with Steve today on sound and Dan on lighting, followed by a meal locally with our very good friends Bill and #SueLees 🎭.”

One person who saw the show said: “What a great afternoon it was! Fantastic entertainment and good clean fun!😊👍🏻.”

Another commented: “Well done Jimmy.”

Chris Booth, Director and Choreographer, described it as a “great show” and added: “Pleasure to work with you again Jimmy!!”

Francis House grateful for Oldham theatre show

Another great Variety Show @OldhamColiseum took place tonight raising funds for @FrancisHouseCH organised by Jim Nicholas for the eighth year, for the charities much needed funds!Jimmy Cricket headlined another “sparkling night of fundraising” in aid of a children’s hospice.

The eighth edition of Stars come out for Francis House show took place at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday 9 April.

Appearing on stage along with popular comedian Jimmy were 60s rock band New Amen Corner, multi-talented musician and singer Andy Eastwood and Peter Sarsfield’s tribute to Frankie Valli.

The event raised funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester and was compèred by long-standing hospice supporter and entertainer Jim Nicholas.

Jimmy said on social media afterwards: “Another great Variety Show took place tonight raising funds for organised by Jim Nicholas for the eighth year, for the charity’s much-needed funds! 🎭

Francis House posted: “Thanks Jimmy, Jim and all the acts and audience for another sparkling night of fundraising!”

 

Looking forward to my Gladstone Theatre return

Jimmy Cricket takes his laughter tour to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight

Jimmy Cricket takes his laughter tour to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight at the weekend.

The popular Northern Irish comedian performs at the Greendale Road venue on Sunday 14 April.

The 73-year-old entertainer says he has had shows at the theatre many times over the years and that he was “looking forward to coming back”.

He told the WirralGlobe: “The theatre is in a beautiful village and every time I visit, it’s like stepping back in time when I visit.

“Mind you, some people would say it’s like stepping back in time when they hear my jokes.”

Port Sunlight is a model village and suburb in the metropolitan borough of Wirral, Merseyside.

Read the full WirralGlobe article on Jimmy’s return to the Gladstone

Visit the theatre’s page about the show and book tickets online here

Tickets for the show can also be bought by contacting the theatre’s box office on 0151 643 8757.

Stars come out for Francis House returns to Oldham Coliseum Theatre

The latest Stars come out for Francis House show will be held at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham on Tuesday (9 April).

The Stars come out for Francis House show returns to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday (9 April).

This will be the eighth staging of the event, which raises funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

This year’s line-up features popular comedian Jimmy Cricket, 60s rock band New Amen Corner, multi-talented musician and singer Andy Eastwood and Peter Sarsfield’s tribute to Frankie Valli.

The event will be hosted by long-standing hospice supporter and entertainer Jim Nicholas.

Visit here to book tickets.

Paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

pay tribute to a fellow Irishman, and to the Silver Screen's Stan and Ollie, with a great performance from @Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

Jimmy Cricket writes about his admiration for a legendary comedy duo in his latest newspaper column.

In the 1 April edition of the Lancashire Post, the popular Northern Irish entertainer reviews a recent film about the careers of Englishman Stan Laurel and American Oliver Hardy.

They acted during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema and became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy. Laurel played the clumsy friend of the pompous Hardy.

Jimmy’s column begins: I’ve just come back from doing my one man show at the Slapstick Comedy Festival in Bristol at the Studio adjoining the Old Vic Theatre. The festival was started by a guy called Chris Daniels who just loves visual and silent comedy.

“I did my live set sandwiched between movies of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy up on the big wide screen. There’s been a resurgence of interest in Laurel and Hardy, mainly due to a biopic of the duo which went on general release in our cinemas recently called Stan and Ollie.

“In fact, I’ve been to see it twice. Well folks, our local Odeon Cinema here in Rochdale only charges a fiver to get in. It’s a moving, tender tribute to one of the funniest double acts ever to grace the silver screen; not only do Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, and John C Reilly as Oliver Hardy get into the skin of these two lovable clowns, but the ladies that played their wives both give stunning performance as well.

“Nina Arianda plays Stan’s other half and Shirley Henderson is Ollie’s. I had a little inside information on this film. Steve Coogan’s Uncle Bernard takes his grandkids to the same school in Rochdale that I take mine, so I get some tasty nuggets of gossip in the playground.

“I looked at him enviously as he told me about getting the red carpet treatment when he got invited to the premiere of the movie up at the local cinema in Ulverston where Stan Laurel grew up. The only time I get to see a red carpet is when Mrs Cricket hands me the Hoover.”

Read Jimmy’s full column here

 

Chorley Little Theatre asks: ‘What’s Your Story, Jimmy Cricket!?’

The wonderful @jimmy__cricket this morning at the @ChorleyTheatre reading and chatting about his life in the local event "What's Your Story Chorley "

Jimmy Cricket reminisced about his life and career during a festival in Lancashire this weekend.

The popular entertainer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now living in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, took part in the Festival of Words, entitled What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday.

He spoke to an audience at the Chorley Little Theatre about his famous Letters from Mammy and how he came to write his first comedy play, called No more Fiffing and Faffing.

posted the photos above on Twitter and said: “The wonderful this morning at the reading and chatting about his life in the local event ‘What’s Your Story Chorley ‘.”

Jimmy published the pictures below on social media, adding: “My thanks to the artistic Director and host for this morning’s interview with Ian Robinson for alongside Estelle and Carol with Paul on sound and lighting!”

His play, No more Fiffing and Faffing, had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre and he will be back at the Chorley Little Theatre on 19 May to stage it there as part of a North of England tour.

He wrote the play and also appears in it, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in ITV’s Coronation Street.

My thanks to the artistic Director and host for this morning's with interview Ian Robinson @ChorleyTheatre for #WhatsyourstoryChorley alongside Estelle and Carol with Paul on sound and lighting! 🎭

‘Excited’ to be part of Festival of Words event at Chorley Little Theatre

Hi everyone excited to be part of "What's Your story Chorley" festival at 11am on Sat 30th March @ChorleyTheatre when I will talk about the books and Comedy Play I've written followed by my pal @Philwalkercomic who has a great children's book out at the moment currently on sale

Jimmy Cricket will be talking about his famous Letters from Mammy and how he came to write his first comedy play at a special event in a Lancashire town at the weekend.

The well-known comedian is taking part in the fifth Festival of Words, What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday (30 March).

Read more here about Jimmy’s session, which takes place at Chorley Little Theatre between 11:00 and 11:45am.

Jimmy’s play, No more Fiffing and Faffing, had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre and he will be back at the Chorley Little Theatre on 19 May to perform it there as part of a North of England tour.

All-round entertainer Jimmy, who wrote the play, also appears in it, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s event, he posted on social media: “Hi everyone excited to be part of “What’s Your story Chorley” festival at 11am on Sat 30th March when I will talk about the books and Comedy Play I’ve written followed by my pal who has a great children’s book out at the moment currently on sale.”

The organisers tweeted: “This Saturday we have our fantastic free festival of words taking place, What’s Your Story, Chorley? We are pleased to have . . and . taking part on the day.

This Saturday we have our fantastic free festival of words taking place, What's Your Story, Chorley? We are pleased to have .@jimmy__cricket .@Philwalkercomic and .@steady333 taking part on the day. #whatsyourstory

‘Meeting the legend that is Jimmy Cricket’ – Karen’s childhood dream comes true

karen ‏ @karenlouise80 9h9 hours ago More @jimmy__cricket well a childhood dream of mine came true tonight,meeting the legend that is jimmy cricket

A fan of Jimmy Cricket saw a life-time ambition fulfilled when she met the famous comedian in person.

The Northern Irish entertainer was performing at the Comedy Lounge in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Friday (15 March).

Afterwards, @karenlouise80, who is a Fan’s Liaison Officer at rugby league Super League club Hull KR, posted on Twitter: “ well a childhood dream of mine came true tonight,meeting the legend that is jimmy cricket 💖

Jimmy retweeted Karen’s comment and posted: “What an electric atmosphere tonight, pictured here with the owners Paul and Bev in Hull my thanks also goes to comic/compère 🎭

A ‘lovely St Patrick’s Day celebration’ in Lancashire

It was a lovely, “St Patrick’s Day”, celebration today @BRCTheatreGroup my thanks to Leigh and all the volunteers with Alex on sound and Nick on lights and Guy the stage manager alongside Dansworks Dance Academy and Mrs C. singing a few Irish songs!

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket celebrated St Patrick’s Day in style.

The popular entertainer performed one of his Great Value for a Tenner comedy shows at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, on Sunday.

Afterwards, he posted on social media: “It was a lovely, “St Patrick’s Day”, celebration today my thanks to Leigh and all the volunteers with Alex on sound and Nick on lights and Guy the stage manager alongside Dansworks Dance Academy and Mrs C. singing a few Irish songs! ☘️

The Royal Court Theatre was the venue nine years ago for the recording of his first DVD, Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward. It can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of Jimmy’s live shows.

St Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of St Patrick, is a religious and cultural celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of St Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Memorable variety shows in Dudley and Mansfield

A wonderful full house afternoon @DudleyBorough Halls with Mark Andrews Productions. Paul was on keyboards and Graham was on drums alongside the fabulous harmonica instrumentalist Johnny Stafford and with the great voice of Linda Watts!

Jimmy Cricket helped to bring back the good old days of variety recently.

The popular Northern Irish comedian guest starred at Dudley Town Hall in the West Midlands on Tuesday (12 March) and at Mansfield Palace Theatre in Nottingham the following day.

Mark Andrews Music Hall was the production company behind the two The Good Old Days of Variety shows.

Jimmy told his thousands of social media fans after the first performance (photo above): “A wonderful full house afternoon Halls with Mark Andrews Productions. Paul was on keyboards and Graham was on drums alongside the fabulous harmonica instrumentalist Johnny Stafford and with the great voice of Linda Watts! 🎭

And he posted after the second show (photo below): “Another fantastic afternoon at the Palace Theatre Mansfield for Mark Andrews Productions starring Mark, with Paul on keyboards and Graham on drums with the Houghton Weavers, (Tony, Jimmy, Dave, Steve), alongside

Another fantastic afternoon at the Palace Theatre Mansfield for Mark Andrews Productions starring Mark, with Paul on keyboards and Graham on drums with the Houghton Weavers, (Tony, Jimmy, Dave, Steve), alongside @AndyEastwoodUK