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Blackburn theatre to host Jimmy Cricket’s new play 150 150 mhamer

Blackburn theatre to host Jimmy Cricket’s new play

Jimmy Cricket performing previously at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn

Jimmy performing previously at the Blackburn Empire Theatre

Jimmy Cricket’s new play will get its world premiere in the Lancashire town of Blackburn later this year.

No more Fiffing and Faffing takes place at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Read more about the play and book online here.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com

Famous comedian Jimmy, 72, has previously written three musicals, Let’s Hear It For The Wee Man, Maloney’s Big Moment and Give Me One Good Season.

 

Daniel O’Donnell reunion delights Jimmy Cricket 150 150 mhamer

Daniel O’Donnell reunion delights Jimmy Cricket

Rochdale restaurant hosts wedding events 150 150 mhamer

Rochdale restaurant hosts wedding events

Jimmy Cricket with the wedding couple

Comic Jimmy with the happy couple, Jo and Phil (who are also pictured below right)

Jimmy Cricket has attended the wedding of a friend who worked on one of his musicals.

Wedding couple Joe and Phil

Phil Reynolds got married to Jo in late July with the service taking place at Manchester Cathedral during the afternoon, and both the wedding breakfast and evening celebration hosted by Crimble Hall in Rochdale.

Phil, who is based in Heywood in the borough of Rochdale, and Jimmy have come to know one another well over the past few years.

They worked together on one of Jimmy’s musicals,  Maloney’s Big Moment, with Phil taking on the role of musical director for the inaugural performance of the show at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn in 2013.

This was after Jimmy had bumped into Phil at an event where the choir he was leading at the time consisted of carers based in the Rochdale area.

Since then, they have continued to keep in touch and Jimmy and Mrs Cricket were delighted to accept Phil’s wedding invitation.

Jimmy, 70, said: “It was nice to be able to wish the happy couple in person many good wishes for their life ahead together.”

Jimmy Cricket answers Blackburn theatre’s SOS 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket answers Blackburn theatre’s SOS

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn

Jimmy Cricket came to the rescue of a theatre in Blackburn after its ceiling collapsed!

The Thwaites Empire Theatre was forced to cancel all shows for a couple of weeks when plasterboard fell into the lighting rigging over the stage.

It is a venue where comic Jimmy, 70, has appeared on several occasions in the past. It has even premièred two of the three musicals he has written over the years, entitled Let’s hear it for the wee man and Maloney’s Big Moment.

Jimmy Cricket with musical director Mike Berry

So when the director, Mike Berry, sent Jimmy an SOS to see if he would help the theatre to get back on its feet after the accident, the Northern Irish entertainer jumped at the chance.

He appeared in what was dubbed ‘restoration fortnight’ where the theatre continued to keep closed its main auditorium for repair works to be completed to the ceiling, but set up a small performance area in the main bar and foyer area.

This meant it could still present shows and continue to function, even though it had to postpone all those scheduled to appear on the main stage.

Jimmy kicked off this fortnight with a bit of stand-up (pictured top), before participating in a question-and-answer session with the audience under the stewardship of Mike Berry (seen with the comedian above right).

At the end of the night, Jimmy was asked by Mike to become an honorary patron of the theatre, which he was pleased to accept!

Jimmy Cricket agrees digital download deal 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket agrees digital download deal

Jimmy Cricket has agreed a deal with Townsend Records
Jimmy Cricket has formed a new partnership with an independent record store, whose clients include singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher, entertainer Mike Harding and folk band Houghton Weavers.

The well-known Northern Irish comedian has agreed for Townsend Records, who are based in Great Harwood near Blackburn in Lancashire,  to exclusively provide and manage a new digital store, where downloads of all four of his CD titles can be obtained – both as a full album or as individual tracks.

This means that his two comedy CDs – Best of Jimmy Cricket and Jimmy Cricket – Bee in his Bonnet – and his two music CDs, Jimmy Cricket – I’m dreaming of a far off land and Jimmy Cricket – Light & Shade, are now available to purchase in a digital format online.

Each individual track can be downloaded at a cost of 99p each, with each full album priced at £9.99 per download.

Jimmy’s new online store can be found at http://jimmycricket.tmstor.es/

Dancing in the Lancashire snow 150 150 mhamer

Dancing in the Lancashire snow

Jimmy Cricket in the snowJimmy Cricket clearly enjoyed the snowy weather when he visited Oswaldtwistle Arts Centre ahead of his comedy show there later this month.

When the famous entertainer arrived at the Lancashire venue, the weather had created a dramatic snowy backdrop.

This fine image was captured by freelance photographer Tim Bradley, who had been hired by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph to take some snaps of Jimmy’s visit to the arts centre.

Jimmy has known Tim for a long time as he used to be the picture editor of the local paper where the well-known comedian is based in Rochdale.

Visit Tim’s website at www.timbradleyphotography.com or social media page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Bradley-Photography/200909469950660.

See “who” greeted Jimmy on his visit to Oswaldtwistle Arts Centre.

* Jimmy’s comedy stand-up show takes place at the Oswaldtwistle Arts Centre on Saturday 21 February (7.30pm start), with all tickets £10. For information on how to book, visit here.

Jimmy meets his ‘half-brother’ – made of sugar! 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy meets his ‘half-brother’ – made of sugar!

Jimmy Cricket with Julie Sharkey who created the miniature model of the famous comedianJimmy Cricket met a miniature model of himself when he recently visited the Oswaldtwistle Arts Centre in Lancashire.

The famous entertainer had gone to the centre to see how preparations were going for his stand-up comedy show scheduled for the end of February there.

His visit coincided with a Craft and Natter session (picture below) dedicated to the skill of sugar crafting.

Much to his amazement, when Jimmy arrived at the arts centre he was greeted by himself in miniature.

The group leader, Julie Sharkey (pictured right), had created a small figure of Jimmy to mark his visit to see the group. It had incredible detail of the comedian, even to the length of including those iconic wellington boots.

Jimmy was thrilled with the model and even joked that it was his half-brother!

The pictures were taken by photograph Tim Bradley – visit his website at www.timbradleyphotography.com or social media page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Bradley-Photography/200909469950660

Jimmy Cricket with the Craft and Natter group at Oswaldtwistle Arts Centre