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Return to Bacup theatre for St Patrick’s Day show

JUST £10 FOR ADULTS/£5 FOR CHILDREN Jimmy Cricket - Great Value for a Tenner Comedy Show Featuring Dancers from Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC Sunday 17th March 2019 Book Now - www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/489130 Tickets also available from Wishes Galore, Rochdale Road, Bacup. You pay no booking fee at Wishes Galore! #jimmycricket #comedylegend #livecomedy #familyentertainment #rossendale #rossendalevalleyFamous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is performing again at the Lancashire theatre where he recorded his DVD.

Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward was created by the popular comedian’s family company, Wellie Boot Productions, in 2010 at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, near Jimmy’s adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

And the Northern Irish entertainer returns to the venue on Sunday – St Patrick’s Day – for one of his Great Value for a Tenner comedy shows.

Belfast-born Jimmy produced the DVD in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up entertainment.

Jimmy Cricket Live - Pull Your Seats Forward

The DVD is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.

Around 8,000 copies of the DVD have been sold, which is particularly impressive as it is not available in retail outlets; it can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of his live shows.

Jimmy posted on social media this week: “Looking forward to my return to the Theatre were I recorded my DVD nine years ago for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this coming Sunday with Dansworks Dance Academy and a few Irish songs from Mrs C. ☘️

The full details for the show are below:

😁JUST £10 FOR ADULTS/£5 FOR CHILDREN😁
Jimmy Cricket – Great Value for a Tenner Comedy Show
Featuring Dancers from Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC
Sunday 17 March 2019
Book Now – www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/489130
Tickets also available from Wishes Galore, Rochdale Road, Bacup. You pay no booking fee at Wishes Galore!
#jimmycricket #comedylegend #livecomedy#familyentertainment #rossendale #rossendalevalley

Below: watch an interview with Jimmy about his DVD.

A return to Pontins for former Bluecoat Jimmy

Had a great afternoon at @Pontins Camber Sands with Ents Manager Matey, Compère Nial and Dave on sound and lighting, alongside the resident Bluecoats, as I was the first to perform on their newly built state of the art showstage!

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed creating a little bit of history at a Pontins on the English south-east coast recently.

The famous entertainment performed a show at the holiday camp at Camber Sands in Rye, an English town near the coast in East Sussex.

He posted on social media: “Had a great afternoon at Camber Sands with Ents Manager Matey, Compère Nial and Dave on sound and lighting, alongside the resident Bluecoats, as I was the first to perform on their newly built state-of-the-art show stage!”

Jimmy is himself a former Bluecoat, having worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe in the 1970s.

Skegness awaits return of ‘superstar TV comedian’

The Club Tropicana Friday 26 July, the very welcome return of the very funny TV star Jimmy Cricket, with full supporting show

Jimmy Cricket is back at a top entertainment venue in Lincolnshire in the summer.

The famous Northern Irish comedian, 71, has performed at the Club Tropicana in Skegness previously and returns for a show there on Friday 26 July (8pm start).

Club Tropicana’s website describes itself  as the “East Coast’s finest ‘live’ entertainment venue”.

In anticipation of Jimmy’s latest show at the club in Chapel St Leonards, it talks about “the very welcome return of the superstar TV comedian Jimmy Cricket, with full supporting show from the brilliant Kaiser Monkey Killers and Starlite 19”.

Members get in free, while non-members pay on the door. Table reservations are recommended and tables are served until 8pm. To book a table, call 01754 874444 (option 2).

Find out more details here.

Dudley welcomes the Good Old Days of Variety

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket headlines a show that brings back the good old days of entertainment later this month.

The popular Northern Irish comedian is guest starring in The Good Old Days of Variety at Dudley Town Hall on Tuesday 12 March (2pm).

Jimmy Cricket’s play was ‘amazing’ & ‘very funny’

Thank you to all the staff at the #TheMet in Bury for yesterday’s production alongside our set designer #KenWilkinson and to all our family and friends, (alongside the little pocket rocket actress #SueDevaney), and the general public who came to see the show. Pictured here backstage with fellow thespians #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith and a great friend actress and director #NorrenKershaw whom I worked with on two series for Central Television and on five series for #BBCRadio2

Jimmy Cricket’s play, No more Fiffing and Faffing, received some very positive comments on social media following its latest performance.

The Met in Bury hosted the play – which had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire – on the first leg of a tour of northern England.

It will also be performed at the Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

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.

One person posted: “Went to the met theatre in bury to watch one of my favourite comedians Jimmy Cricket amazing thanks Jimmy.”

Another said: “I went also, very funny, enjoyed it.”

Jimmy himself posted the photos above with the message: “Thank you to all the staff at the #TheMet in Bury for yesterday’s production alongside our set designer #KenWilkinson and to all our family and friends, (alongside the little pocket rocket actress #SueDevaney), and the general public who came to see the show. Pictured here backstage with fellow thespians #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith and a great friend actress and director #NorrenKershaw whom I worked with on two series for Central Television and on five series for #BBCRadio2 🎭.”

No more Fiffing and Faffing: Play returns

Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the Bury Met this coming 23rd February 2019, after it‘s premier last Sept 2018 @EmpireTheatreBB

The first leg of Jimmy Cricket’s touring play takes place this weekend.

No more Fiffing and Faffing, which had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire, will be performed at The Met in Bury on Saturday (23 February).

It will be followed by performances at the Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

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

Book one of Saturday’s two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) here.

June Whitfield – a ‘great actress and lovely lady’

 

Hi folks I had the great pleasure of working with this great actress and lovely lady the late June Whitfield here is my tribute to her!

Jimmy Cricket has been sharing his memories of his good friend, comedy actress June Whitfield, who died at the end of last year.

The comedian devoted his latest monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post to the late English radio, television and film star.

Jimmy told all his social media followers about his column, saying: “Hi folks I had the great pleasure of working with this great actress and lovely lady the late June Whitfield here is my tribute to her!”

His LEP column read: “The death of June Whitfield at the great age of 93 closes the chapter on one our best ever comedy actresses. In a career that spanned more than six decades, June brought so much joy and laughter that, for many of us, it was not just losing a brilliant performer, but losing a friend.

“You have to go right back to the 1950s to find out when June first got the nation’s chuckle muscles rippling. Radio was king then and June could be heard on a popular show called Take it From Here, penned by Frank Muir and Dennis Norden. She could also be heard on a weekly segment called The Glums, playing Eth, the daft girlfriend to equally dim witted partner Ron, (played by Dick Bentley).

“Her timing and vocal inflections were such that I almost envied the studio audience who were there to witness it in the flesh. She then went on to play straight woman to some of the best comedians of the last century. Tony Hancock, Frankie Howard, Benny Hill, to name but a few.

“So how come when comedians can be a neurotic bunch, (I should know), and always worried about other people getting to many laughs, did June get the gig, so to speak?…”

Read the full column here

 

Blackpool hotel’s signature drink: The Jimmy Crickett

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy Cricket has had a drink named after him!

The Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool, where Jimmy has been performing regularly for a few years, has been selling the cocktail of midori, gin and lemonade.

Wow how lovely they named a drink after me! Thank you @LyndeneHotel A must for St Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

Midori is a liqueur with a fruity taste of melon and also the Japanese word for ‘green’.

The drink – called The Jimmy Crickett -was advertised by the Lyndene (see right) as its signature drink, priced at £4.90.

“Wow how lovely they named a drink after me! Thank you A must for St Patrick’s Day Celebrations!” said Jimmy on social media.

The 73-year-old veteran comedian  performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with other artists, at the Lyndene.

His next show at the Blackpool hotel is on Wednesday 27 March.

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

Sharing some nostalgia on my great friend Phyllis

Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phylis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!

Jimmy Cricket has been reminiscing on social media with some photographs relating to theatrical agent Phyllis Rounce.

In addition to managing Jimmy, Phyllis also looked after the careers of other stars such as Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.

Hull was a comedian, best known as a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird.

Hancock was a high-profile comedian and actor during the 1950s and early 1960s, enjoying major success with his BBC series Hancock’s Half Hour, first broadcast on radio and then on television.

Famous entertainer Jimmy posted the pictures above recently, adding: “Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phyllis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!”

Speaking in his monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post last summer, Jimmy said that Phyllis – known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.

He described her as “one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.

Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury

Jimmy Cricket's wife mistaken for a ghost - on her wedding day!

Jimmy Cricket and his new play have been the focus of an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

No more Fiffing and Faffing had a successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.

It will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral as part of a tour across the North of England.

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

Visit here to book one of the two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Saturday 23 February.

The Lancashire Telegraph previewed the play in Bury and highlighted Jimmy and Mrs Cricket’s strong connections to the town.

The article begins: “Comedian Jimmy Cricket will be continuing his special relationship with Bury when he showcases his new play, No More Fiffing and Faffing, at the Met later this month.

Set at the end of the pier, it’s the tale of a comedy double act who prepare for their final performance after many years on the road together.

As the final show looms, long-held resentments come to the fore.

Jimmy was inspired to write the show, in which he also stars, after seeing the success of fellow comedian Bobby Ball’s first steps into writing for the stage.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was premiered at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn, last year and Jimmy is delighted to be bringing it to Bury.

‘Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury,’ he said revealing that he and his wife May had their first home in the town on Wash Street less than a mile from the Met.

The couple were married in Bury in 1974 having met at Pontins when Jimmy was a Bluecoat and May was a waitress in the restaurant.”

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