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A pleasant surprise ahead of Christmas pantomime 150 150 mhamer

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 West Cliff 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 150 150 mhamer

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 lovely evening’ at Labour club in St Helens 150 150 mhamer

‘A lovely evening’ at Labour club in St Helens

One of Jimmy Cricket’s latest pre-Christmas shows was at a club on Merseyside.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer tweeted that he had had “a lovely evening” at Windle Labour Club in St Helens on the last day of November.

Windle Labour Club in St Helens

A Christmas-themed spectacular in East Anglia 150 150 mhamer

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’ 150 150 mhamer

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 150 150 mhamer

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.

Jimmy Cricket

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

Jimmy Cricket

 

Tinsel & turkey with great friends Eric & Gloria 150 150 mhamer

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! ?