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‘Brilliant and hilarious panto’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Brilliant and hilarious panto’

Jimmy Cricket will be headlining the 2013 Christmas panto at the Forum Theatre in BillinghamJimmy Cricket’s latest panto has been getting some rave reviews on the social media site, Twitter. 

The Northern Irish entertainer is playing  the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Forum Theatre in Billingham near Middlesbrough.

And he and the rest of the cast, which includes Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey  (who plays Alex Moss in the soap and the Wicked Henchman in Snow White), have been praised for their performances in the pantomime which started on Saturday.

Here are a selection of the tweets:

Sam Scullion ‏@samshort1984: Just been to snow white and the seven dwarfs…wow it was brilliant and hilarious @jimmy__cricket @kurtisstaceyKS and the rest of the cast!!

Sam Scullion ‏@samshort1984: @jimmy__cricket just left the panto would just like to say thank-you for a brilliant and hilarious panto :-)

David wallis ‏@Davie_Wally: Just got in from watchin Snow White at the forum! Me n the kids never stopped laughing.Well done to @jimmy__cricket and the rest of the cast

Paul Goffy Gough ‏@GoffyMedia: panto Tue @theatre_forum @jimmy__cricket JC full of warmth & vast experience.You’ll not be disappointed with a visit tons of laughs ;)

Get all the latest news and reaction about Jimmy by following him on Twitter.

On most days, there is planned a 2.30 afternoon matinee and an early evening show starting at around 6pm, but check with the theatre by phone or on its website (details below) as times vary on different days.

The panto, which runs until  5 January, is being produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 or so years.

For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.

Panto season has started – oh yes it has! 150 150 mhamer

Panto season has started – oh yes it has!

 Jimmy Cricket and Victoria Holtom (Snow White)

Jimmy Cricket and Victoria Holtom (Snow White)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs scheduleEntertainer Jimmy Cricket went into panto mode this weekend.

The Northern Irish funnyman plays the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Forum Theatre in Billingham near Middlesbrough.

Also in the cast is Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who will feature in the role of the Wicked Henchman.

On most days, there is a 2.30 afternoon matinee and an early evening show starting at around 6pm, though times vary on different days. More details on the panto schedule on the right.

The panto, which runs until 5 January, is being produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 years.
For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.
Panto rehearsals set to start 150 150 mhamer

Panto rehearsals set to start

Jimmy Cricket will be headlining the 2013 Christmas panto at the Forum Theatre in BillinghamJimmy Cricket will begin rehearsals for his Christmas pantomime at the end of next week.

The Northern Irish entertainer will play the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Forum Theatre in Billingham near Middlesbrough from 7 December to 5 January.

Also in the cast is Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who will feature in the role of the Wicked Henchman.

On most days, there is planned a 2.30 afternoon matinee and an early evening show starting at around 6pm, but check with the theatre by phone or on its website (details below) as times vary on different days.

The panto is being produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 or so years.

For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.

Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work we go 150 150 mhamer

Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work we go

Cast members of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 7 December to 5 January at the Forum Theatre in Billingham

Some cast members of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 7 December to 5 January at the Forum Theatre in Billingham. Photo credit: Northern Echo

Jimmy Cricket teamed up with some of his fellow cast members at a press launch for the forthcoming festive season pantomime he is headlining.

The Northern Irish entertainer will play the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, at the Forum Theatre in Billingham near Middlesbrough from 7 December to 5 January.

Alongside Jimmy in the picture above are a couple of the cast who will be playing two of the dwarves, plus Craig Ansell (who will be Sarah the Cook), local girl Victoria Holtom (Snow White), and Emmerdale‘s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who will feature in the role of the Wicked Henchman.

On most days, there is planned a 2.30 afternoon matinee and an early evening show starting at around 6pm, but check with the theatre by phone or on its website (details below) as times vary on different days.

The panto will be produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 or so years.

For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.

Jimmy Cricket and Victoria Holtom (Snow White)

Jimmy Cricket and Victoria Holtom (who plays Snow White).  Photograph credit: Northern Echo

Emmerdale star also in panto cast 150 150 mhamer

Emmerdale star also in panto cast

Jimmy Cricket will be headlining the 2013 Christmas panto at the Forum Theatre in BillinghamAn actor from Emmerdale will also be in the pantomime which Jimmy Cricket is headlining at Christmas.

More details have been released of the panto which runs at the Forum Theatre in Billingham, near Middlesbrough, from the afternoon of Saturday 7 December (commencing at 1.30pm) to Sunday 5 January.

Irish entertainer Jimmy plays the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, with Kurtis Stacey – who is Alex Moss in ITV’s ever-popular soap opera Emmerdale – the Wicked Queen’s Henchman.

Jimmy Cricket will be headlining the 2013 Christmas panto at the Forum Theatre in BillinghamThe panto will be produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 or so years.

Jimmy said: “Tickets are reasonably priced between £13.50 and £16.00 – this does not include school rates or group booking rates.

“Couple this affordable ticket rate with the easy accessibility of the evening performance times – they are all scheduled for between 5.30pm and 6.30pm – and this show is definitely a family-friendly, Christmas treat for all the generations!”

For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.

Curtain set to fall on Jimmy’s panto season 150 150 mhamer

Curtain set to fall on Jimmy’s panto season

Jimmy Cricket and Ray Quinn - and dog

Jimmy Cricket and Ray Quinn - and dog

Jimmy Cricket’s marathon pantomime season is coming to an end (oh yes it is! sorry – ed).

The famous Irish comedian has been appearing in Cinderella at the Civic Theatre in Darlington since 3 December. Its last show is on Sunday (15 Jan).

Other celebrities alongside Jimmy, who plays Baron Hardup, include Dancing on Ice star Ray Quinn (Prince Charming) and and former Emmerdale actress Deena Payne (Fairy Godmother).

The pantomime has been praised in media circles with the British Theatre Guide saying:
“Michael Vivian’s script provides a faithful re-telling of the classic fairy tale; it is beautifully designed and costumed; there is a nice balance of pop hits and original songs, and the choreography is tight and slick.”

Other good reviews of the show can be found at The Stage website and Whatsonstage.

And view a musical slideshow featuring many of the show’s cast on the homepage of this website or on Jimmy’s YouTube channel here

Celebrities support toy giveaway 150 150 mhamer

Celebrities support toy giveaway

A special photo call was staged to mark the toy giveaway. Photo by Ian McClelland

A special photo call was staged to mark the toy giveaway. Photo by Ian McClelland

The festive pantomine in which Jimmy Cricket is currently starring has been well-received by the critics.

Cinderella is on at the Civic Theatre in Darlington until Sunday January 15.

The cast features Jimmy, who plays Baron Hardup alongside Dancing on Ice star Ray Quinn and former Emmerdale actress Deena Payne.

Recent good reviews of the show can be found at The Stage website and Whatsonstage.

Jimmy and other panto stars agreed to take part in a special photo call to mark a toy giveaway for underprivileged children.

The event was sponsored by a local Darlington car dealership called Jennings Ford and also involved the Salvation Army.

Despite a busy schedule, Jimmy, Ray – who plays Prince Charming – and Deena (Fairy Godmother) took time out from the busy rehearsals to offer their support to the appeal.

Jimmy poses with a child in the theatre foyer after one of the panto performances

Jimmy poses for a picture with a child in the theatre foyer after one of the panto performances

Last year about 7,000 children and 2,000 families across the North East of England were supported with presents and a further 1,000 individuals received food over the Christmas period.

For the past 13 consecutive years, Jennings Motor Group has supported the appeal by using its branch network across the region as drop-off points for staff and members of the public.

Ray Riaz, general manager at Jennings Ford’s Yarm Road dealership in Stockton, said: “We were delighted that the cast of this year’s pantomime could help out with the appeal. The Salvation Army does an absolutely amazing job helping those in the local community, not just at Christmas time but all year round.”

Anyone wanting to buy tickets for the panto should ring 01325 486 555 or visit the website at Darlington Civic Theatre and Arts Centre.

Jimmy gives his autograph in the theatre foyer after one of the panto performances

Jimmy gives his autograph in the theatre foyer after one of the panto performances