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Millgate show was ‘amazing’ and ‘wonderful’ 150 150 mhamer

Millgate show was ‘amazing’ and ‘wonderful’

My thanks to organisers Tim and Michael at #millgateartscentre for the #FrancisHouseCH show this evening, my thanks to my fellow acts, compère Jim Nicholas and singer/actor #JonathanYoung and Mrs C. #keepvarietyalive 🎭

The show at the Millgate Arts Centre in Saddleworth was described as “amazing”.

Jimmy Cricket headlined the line-up at the Delph venue on Saturday 23 April.

It had been billed as “an evening of laughter with the legendary funnyman”.

And it clearly lived up to the hype.

Audrey Barrass said: “What an amazing show.”

And Saddleworth Live at the Millgate posted on social media: “What a wonderful show tonight.

“Thank you so much for the laughs and the music.”

May (Marion), Jimmy’s wife, was of the several acts on the night.

Jimmy said afterwards: “My thanks to organisers Tim and Michael @TheMillgateLIVE for the @FrancisHouseCH show this evening.

“My thanks also to my fellow acts, compère Jim Nicholas and singer/actor Jonathan Young, and Mrs C.”

The show raised money for Francis House Children’s Hospital, based in south Manchester.

The hospice supports more than 500 families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Millgate Arts Centre is home to a thriving local arts community, providing a base for theatre, film, and chamber concert societies.
Additionally, it holds art exhibitions and is available for business or personal lettings.
Saddleworth show is ‘evening of laughter with legendary funnyman’ 150 150 mhamer

Saddleworth show is ‘evening of laughter with legendary funnyman’

Come 'ere, there's more! Join the legendary Irish comedian @jimmy_cricket & friends for a charity variety show supporting @FrancisHouseCH on 23 April 2022. At @millgatearts theatre in Delph Saddleworth. Tickets £12.50

Jimmy Cricket returns to a theatre in Saddleworth for another performance in aid of his favourite charity.

The ever-green Northern Irish comedian is back at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph, Oldham, on Saturday 23 April.

It is billed as “an evening of laughter with the legendary funnyman”.

Jimmy’s wife May will be one of the acts on the night.

The show will raise money for Francis House Children’s Hospital, based in south Manchester.

Tickets are priced £12.50 and the entertainment is suitable for all ages.

Millgate Arts Centre is home to a thriving local arts community, providing a base for theatre, film, and chamber concert societies.
Additionally, it holds art exhibitions and is available for business or personal lettings.
The theatre’s website says: “The much-loved Irish comedian JIMMY CRICKET and friends are bringing a show brimming with laughter and song to the Millgate Arts Centre with the proceeds going to Francis House Children’s Hospice charity.

Jimmy will arrive equipped with one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and, yes, that ever-present letter from his mammy!

This is the perfect show for all the family and there will be giggles aplenty during an evening of fun and frivolity.

On offer is a comedy master-class delivered by Jimmy Cricket, the legendary entertainer everyone has come to know and love.

In 2015 Jimmy Cricket was awarded a papal knighthood (Order of St. Gregory the Great) by Pope Francis for his charity work.

And there’s more…

Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guests:

JONATHAN YOUNG of John Stokes’ THE BACHELORS

More than 25 years ago, singer, songwriter and guitarist Jonathan was invited to join original band member John Stokes and has been entertaining audiences worldwide with the many hits by The Bachelors (and more) ever since.

MAY MARION

Professional singer and actual ‘Mrs Cricket’, May Marion will be entertaining us with a delightful selection of charming songs.

AARON WELBY

Saddleworth Gentleman of Style, Aaron is a two-time X Factor contestant and his unique soul swinging tones will have you calling for more.

JIM NICHOLAS

Long-standing hospice supporter and entertainer Jim Nicholas has raised over £200,000 for Francis House, winning the Pride of Manchester Award for Fundraiser of the Year in 2020. He is delighted to be back on stage to bring you some sunshine and laughter raising funds for the hospice.

“Jimmy Cricket is keeping the fans laughing”  Belfast Telegraph
“Comedian Jimmy Cricket is one of the great front of tabs comedians” The Stage
FRANCIS HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE

The hospice supports more than 500 families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the whole of Greater Manchester including, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford, Cheshire and Manchester.”

Book for the show here

Watch Jimmy and Jonathan promoting the show on social media

Also read on this website: Oldham show promises a night of ‘fun & frivolity’

‘I enjoyed that Cocker!’ The first time I met Bobby Ball 150 150 mhamer

‘I enjoyed that Cocker!’ The first time I met Bobby Ball

Jimmy Cricket's Lancashire Post column about the late Bobby Ball

Jimmy Cricket remembers the late, great Bobby Ball in his newspaper column for November.

Bobby, one half of the famous comedy double act Cannon and Ball, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in October aged 76.

The Oldham-born actor and comedian had tested positive for Covid-19.

Bobby had also starred in several popular sitcoms.

They included Not Going Out, Last of the Summer Wine and Benidorm.

In his latest column in the Lancashire Post, Jimmy recalls his first meeting with Bobby and Tommy.

He says: “I first met Bobby Ball at the Candlelight Club in Oldham.

“I had just come off stage and my friend, the singer Jonathan Young, told me that he and his partner Tommy were standing at the bar.

“And they seemed to be enjoying my act.

“Although at that time they had not broken into television, they were a very popular act in the clubs around the country.

‘Brothers in showbusiness’

“I was keen to meet up with them, so I changed quickly and headed for the bar.

“Tommy at the time was engrossed in a conversation with someone, but Bobby Ball shook my hand warmly.

“He said to me: ‘I enjoyed that Cocker, they were a tough crowd, but you got them in the end.

“‘I loved the visual stuff that you did.'”

Jimmy also recalled: “When I found out later Bobby was a neighbour of mine in Rochdale, I rang to tell him that I had written a sketch for him and Tommy in which they played two First Aid Men.

“He invited me to his home where I met his lovely wife Yvonne.

“During our conversation he told me something that really resonated with me.

“He said to me: ‘Jimmy as you develop your on-stage character you’ll die less and less.’

”It was an incredibly insightful thing to say and I treasured the fact that he’d passed his keen knowledge of comedy on to a fellow pro.”

Jimmy finishes his column by saying: “A few months ago before it was offered funding, I tweeted about the Grand Theatre in Blackpool’s future being in doubt.

“Bobby retweeted the message.

“We were brothers in showbusiness trying to save a beautiful theatre for future generations.

“He will be sadly missed by all his friends in the entertainment industry as well as his many fans.”

Mansfield Palace Theatre to stage Jimmy’s comedy play 150 150 mhamer

Mansfield Palace Theatre to stage Jimmy’s comedy play

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February

Jimmy Cricket’s popular comedy play moves on to Mansfield next.

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will stage No More Fiffing and Faffing tonight (Thursday 20 February) – see all the details in the poster above.

It had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy, 74, has taken the production on a tour around the north of England.

Other 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.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Middlesbrough Theatre was the latest destination (Thursday 23 January) for No More Fiffing and Faffing.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted afterwards: “What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teesside welcome last night!

“My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!????

The City Varieties Music Hall will stage the play on Saturday 7 March (see below).
Well-known entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “Hi Folks! Just to let you know we will be taking our Comedy Play, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing’, to the beautiful and unique @CityVarieties for a Saturday afternoon matinee show at 2.30pm on the 7th March 2020.”

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

 

What a lovely reception on Teesside! 150 150 mhamer

What a lovely reception on Teesside!

What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teeside welcome last night! My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!

Jimmy Cricket appreciated the “lovely reception” on Teesside for his comedy play.

Middlesbrough Theatre was the latest destination (Thursday 23 January) for No More Fiffing and Faffing.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted afterwards: “What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teesside welcome last night!

“My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!????

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February

The play had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken No More Fiffing and Faffing on a tour around the north of England.

Other 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.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February (above right).

Jimmy tweeted the photo below, saying: “My thanks to Journalist and Production Editor @TimMorriss4 or the online article about the Comedy Play coming to the @MansfieldPalace next month.”

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

My thanks to Journalist and Production editor @TimMorriss4 for the online article about the Comedy Play coming to the @Mansfield Palace next month!
Comedy play moves to the North East 150 150 mhamer

Comedy play moves to the North East

Event Photos 67 @eventphotos67 · 14h Great to photograph Jimmy Cricket again at the Stockport Plaza for his play " No More Fiffing & Faffing " .

Jimmy Cricket’s comedy play was back on the road at the weekend. No More Fiffing and Faffing was staged at the Stockport Plaza in Greater Manchester.

Jimmy posted the photo below on social media afterwards.

He said: “Our thanks to everyone who came to see the play @StockportPlaza1.

“And to Ted the Manager with his technical team, Rosie and Ben and Jake and all the volunteers alongside, David from @DavidHullPromo and @andrealNtheatre and Manager Ruth from @Grand_Theatre and @GerryMolumby.”

@eventphotos67 posted the pictures above and said: “Great to photograph Jimmy Cricket again at the Stockport Plaza for his play “No More Fiffing & Faffing”.

The play had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken No More Fiffing and Faffing on a tour around the north of England.

Other 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.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Middlesbrough Theatre is next to host No More Fiffing and Faffing on Thursday (23 January).

Visit the theatre’s website here for more details.

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

Our thanks to everyone who came to see the play @StockportPlaza1 and to Ted the Manager with his technical team, Rosie and Ben and Jake and all the volunteers alongside, David from @DavidHullPromo and @andrealNtheatre and Manager Ruth from @Grand_Theatre and @GerryMolumby

Stockport next for No More Fiffing and Faffing 150 150 mhamer

Stockport next for No More Fiffing and Faffing

No More Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Plaza in Stockport

Stockport’s Plaza Theatre is the next port of call for Jimmy Cricket’s touring comedy play.

No More Fiffing and Faffing will be performed at the “iconic” venue on Sunday (19 January, 2.30pm start).

It had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken No More Fiffing and Faffing on a tour around the north of England.

Its most recent showing was in Port Sunlight last October.

Other 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.

Jimmy and Jonathan have been helping to promote the show in Stockport at the weekend

 

Jimmy and Jonathan have been helping to promote the show in Stockport at the weekend with a video clip posted on social media.

The Totally Stockport website has also publicised the event.

It said: “Cricket is coming to the Plaza in Stockport on Sunday 19th January for a 2.30pm performance.

‘Really thrilled’

“It will be Jimmy Cricket and without the R & L Wellies – the comedian who will be headlining in his comedy play, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing.’

“Jimmy Cricket is one of the UK’s most loved Irish comedians, having made a host of television and radio appearances throughout the last five decades.

“Once an adoptive local member of the community, Jimmy moved to Stockport in the early 70s and lived in Heaton Moor.”

Jimmy, 74, said: “It’s great to be visiting once again the town of Stockport, and appearing at such a great theatre as the iconic Plaza.

“For this visit I am really thrilled the price of a ticket has been kept to a really affordable level.

“This is because I know how expensive it is to take a family out anywhere these days, as, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing’, is a family show!”

Tickets can be purchased from the Plaza theatre Box Office on: 0161 477 7779 or online at the theatre’s website.

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