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Gladstone Theatre – thank-you Jimmy for your support! 150 150 mhamer

Gladstone Theatre – thank-you Jimmy for your support!

SAVE OUR THEATRE - SAVE THE GLADSTONE

The Gladstone Theatre has thanked Jimmy Cricket for his support during its fund-raising campaign.

Based at Port Sunlight on The Wirral, the Gladstone is hoping to raise £50,000 to save it from “imminent closure”.

It has so far received about £15,000 from donations.

The theatre tweeted: “One huge thank you to the wonderful
@jimmy__cricket for his support during our #SaveTheGladstone Campaign! Red heart

“Jimmy always brings the fun & laughter to our stage and we can’t wait to welcome him back!

“Give the video below a watch crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-glads #SaveOurTheatres.”

The theatre has told the public: “We need you now more than ever.

“The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted the Gladstone Theatre with our full programme of shows being cancelled or postponed.

“We are a non-profit charitable organisation who receive no regular public funding and we rely on our ticket sales and generous donations from the public to maintain our theatre.”

It added: “We play a vital role in the cultural and economic environment of the local area and with our main income source having disappeared upon our closure in March, with no certainty on when we can reopen, we are asking for your help.

“We need to raise funds to ‘save our theatre’ from imminent closure and allow us to reopen our doors!”

Your donations will help us:
  • Survive the next six months
  • Continue to deliver the high quality shows you know and love with a warm friendly atmosphere to The Wirral and wider communities
  • Enable us to continue our crucial day-to-day work
  • Adapt our building to become “Covid-secure” with measures including the likes of:
    • Thermal imaging cameras
    • E-ticketing equipment to avoid contact
    • Anti-viral door handles & sanitation stations
    • Social distancing signage & Perspex Partitioning
    • Covid-19 risk assessments

“As a theatre we engage with our community and provide a platform for people to develop and express their creativity enhancing local creative skills both on and off stage.

“Any support we receive really does mean the world to us and our campaign to survive this crisis.”

History of the Gladstone Theatre

Known as Wirral’s hidden gem, the Gladstone Theatre was founded in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, now known as Unilever, to house his soap factory workers.

It was subsequently used as an assembly and recreation hall for entertainment, political meetings, films, dance and lectures, something it still hosts to this day.

The Port Sunlight venue hosted Jimmy’s popular comedy play No more Fiffing and Faffing in October 2019.

Also read: Gladstone Theatre: A wonderful afternoon and great evening

One huge thank you to the wonderful @jimmy__cricket for his support during our #SaveTheGladstone Campaign!Red heart Jimmy always brings the fun & laughter to our stage and we can't wait to welcome him back! Give the video below a watch https://crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-gladstone #SaveOurTheatres

Gladstone Theatre: A wonderful afternoon & great evening 150 150 mhamer

Gladstone Theatre: A wonderful afternoon & great evening

Wonderful afternoon at the @gladthea [Gladstone Theatre] with a performance of the Comedy, “No More Fiffing and Faffing”, my thanks to Ken our set designer, Jordan the manager, Nathan on sound and lighting and all the volunteers! Great also catching up with old friends for an evening meal!

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed a “wonderful afternoon” at the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral recently.

The Port Sunlight venue hosted Jimmy’s popular comedy play No more Fiffing and Faffing in the afternoon as part of a tour of the north of England.

And in the evening, the famous comedian caught up with some old pals for dinner.

He tweeted: “Wonderful afternoon at the @gladtheav [Gladstone Theatre] with a performance of the Comedy, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing’.

“My thanks to Ken our set designer, Jordan the manager, Nathan on sound and lighting and all the volunteers! Great also catching up with old friends for an evening meal! 🎭

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

The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire are among the other venues where it has been performed.

Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it, alongside Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

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

:: The photos at the top of this article are from the day of the performance at the Gladstone Theatre.

No more Fiffing and Faffing

 

Port Sunlight theatre hosts No More Fiffing and Faffing 150 150 mhamer

Port Sunlight theatre hosts No More Fiffing and Faffing

Joe, Jerry and Archie will be taking their comedy play " No more Fiffen and faffen" to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight this coming Sunday at 2-30pm. https://gladstonetheatre.org.uk Tel 0151 643 8757

The latest staging of Jimmy Cricket’s comedy play is in Port Sunlight tomorrow (Sunday 6 October).

No more Fiffing and Faffing takes place at the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

The production had a highly successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken it on a tour around the north of England.

The venues so far include The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

Veteran comedian Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it. Also performing are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

The play begins in Port Sunlight tomorrow at at 2-30pm – book by visiting gladstonetheatre.org.uk or ringing 0151 643 8757.

The website says about the play: “We see Joe and Jerry strut their stuff on stage, then follow them to the dressing soom where they settle old scores!

“Luckily Stage Manager Archie Gibbons is on hand to sort things out, enabling the boys to perform all their best routines for their loyal fans at their swan song show!

“It will be an emotional and fun-packed night!

“You’ve heard of the great double acts in history, ‘Morecambe and Wise’, ‘Cannon and Ball’, ‘Holland and Barrett’.

“Now meet Fiffin and Faffen!”

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

No more Fiffing and Faffing

‘Laugh a minute, very enjoyable and worth the trip from Rochdale’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Laugh a minute, very enjoyable and worth the trip from Rochdale’

Our next production of the Comedy will be @bridspam this coming July folks! The latest staging of Jimmy Cricket’s comedy play went down very well – and there are more performances on the way!

No more Fiffing and Faffing had such a highly successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre, that it has resulted in a tour around the north of England, including at The Met in Bury earlier this year.

Its latest performance was last Sunday (19 May) at the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

The play will also be performed at the Bridlington Spa (18 July) – see above right – and the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight on The Wirral (6 October).

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

After the Chorley show, Jimmy tweeted: “Our thanks, from myself and Jonathan and @ColinMeredith52 and Clive goes to Ian and Estelle @ChorleyTheatre and Paul who was on sound and lighting, for today’s two performances of Fiffing and Faffing! 🎭

One spectator took to social media to say: “@jimmy__cricket and @ChorleyTheatre That was a great afternoon of entertainment. Laugh a minute, very enjoyable and worth the trip from Rochdale. Great stuff Jimmy & Co. 😁 😁 😁
Looking forward to my Gladstone Theatre return 150 150 mhamer

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.

Jimmy Cricket’s play was ‘amazing’ & ‘very funny’ 150 150 mhamer

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 150 150 mhamer

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.