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The Crickets at Christmas – courtesy of Jimmy and May 150 150 mhamer

The Crickets at Christmas – courtesy of Jimmy and May

Here is an idea for a Christmas Show, with applied social distancing in Theatres and venues! Just ring us on 01706 353545 for a booking!

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May have come up with a special Christmas show format in place of the usual panto.

The United Kingdom continues to remain under coronavirus restrictions.

It means it is highly unlikely theatres will be able to stage traditional pantomimes over the Christmas and New Year period.

So Jimmy and May – who goes under the stage name of May Marion – are offering venues, The Crickets at Christmas.

The photo above is of a poster on the homepage of Jimmy’s webpage.

Jimmy explained: “Panto just like Santa, Christmas trees and turkey is a mainstay of our festive season.

“A wonderful opportunity for the whole family to visit the theatre.

Two-hander

“It’s also a two-way process when theatres can put the house-full signs up and take in a bit of cash to help them get through the rest of the year.

“It’s going to be sad this year to pass some of our local theatres and not hear that laughter and applause.

“To help any theatres that don’t want to remain dark and keep a link open to their regular patrons, my wife and I have devised a two-hander Christmas show.

“It will follow government guidelines with social distancing etc, so everyone can feel safe.

“It can be a 90-minute straight through show or an hour each half with an interval.

“Because of limited capacity, we’re happy to do two shows.

“It’s something to keep us going until please God we can all get back to normal.

“Stay safe and healthy everyone!

“Just ring us on 01706 353545 for a booking!”

Also read: What it might be tough to stage pantos this year…

Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster 150 150 mhamer

Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster

Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket helped raise funds for a church in Lancaster earlier this month.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at Bentham Town Hall in the Lancashire city on Saturday 10 November in aid of St Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

Also on the show was Jimmy’s wife May Marion and their good friend Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

The church’s website said the event was a sellout and “a very enjoyable evening”.

Jimmy tweeted the photos above and added: “Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!”

 

 

Tennis sketch performed at Bridlington Spa show 150 150 mhamer

Tennis sketch performed at Bridlington Spa show

Big thank you for a wonderful evening @bridspa with, “Stage Crew”, Gary, Oscar, Steve and Joey alongside Linda and all the, “Front of House Staff”, and my old friend and Red Coat Frankie Whittle popped in to see the show and performed with me on stage in the tennis sketch! ?

Jimmy Cricket performed one of his sketches with a former Butlins Redcoat colleague during his Bridlington Spa appearance at the weekend.

The famous comedian took his “Great Value For a Tenner” show  to the East Yorkshire venue, with his wife and singer May Marion (her stage name) one of the accompanying acts.

Jimmy posted the photos above later on social media, along with the following message: “Big thank you for a wonderful evening with, “Stage Crew”, Gary, Oscar, Steve and Joey alongside Linda and all the, “Front of House Staff”, and my old friend and Red Coat Frankie Whittle popped in to see the show and performed with me on stage in the tennis sketch! ?

Comedy show moves on to East Yorkshire venue 150 150 mhamer

Comedy show moves on to East Yorkshire venue

Jimmy Cricket is appearing at Bridlington Spa with his wife May Marian

Jimmy Cricket is taking his “Great Value For a Tenner” comedy show  to East Yorkshire on Sunday (26 August).

The famous Northern Irish entertainer will be performing at the Bridlington Spa, a dance hall, theatre and conference centre.

Also performing is Jimmy’s wife, the singer May Marian.

The show starts at 6pm and children can watch it for just £2.50. To book tickets, visit here or ring 01262 678258.

Francis House benefits from Rochdale ‘jam’ night 150 150 mhamer

Francis House benefits from Rochdale ‘jam’ night

Warner Entertainments posted their thanks to Jimmy on Twitter

A children’s hospice in south Manchester benefited from Jimmy Cricket’s latest  ‘jam’ night in Rochdale.

The event, hosted by the famous Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months,  takes place in the lounge area of a local parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.

It started about a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines and is still going strong.

The famous entertainer has nicknamed those who come to regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.

At every event,  there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based in Didsburywas the beneficiary of the December jam night, which was also attended by Brian and Maxine Warner of Warner Entertainments.

Omagh pub, John Wayne & Dublin’s Abbey Theatre 150 150 mhamer

Omagh pub, John Wayne & Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

Jimmy Cricket has been recalling when he and his wife May came across a distinctive Northern Irish pub which is themed on a legendary film.

The famous entertainer made the recollection in a recent monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post.

He and Mrs Cricket noticed the pub, which has a thatched roof, while he was working at the nearby Strule Arts Centre theatre in Omagh.

The Sean Ogs pub is themed like the one in John Ford’s 1952 classic film The Quiet Man starring legendary actor John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, who was an Irish-born American actress and singer.

A black and white photograph on the wall of the pub shows the cast of the 1952 movie, as Jimmy, 71, discovered it was the setting for much of the action. The film, a comedy drama, won an Oscar for the best cinematography that year.

All the support actors were from the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin.  It is also known as the National Theatre of Ireland and first opened its doors to the public on 27 December 1904.

Jimmy Cricket on stage with Shropshire dancers 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket on stage with Shropshire dancers

Whitchurch Civic Centre

Jimmy Cricket and his wife entertained on stage alongside performers from a local dance academy earlier this month.

The famous entertainer, 71, and Mrs Cricket, known professionally as singer May Marion, were in Shropshire for his Value for a tenner show on Sunday 11 June.

He said: “Mrs Cricket and myself enjoyed performing at the Whitchurch Civic Centre afternoon show alongside the wonderful Maggie May’s Dance Academy!”

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Whitchurch Civic Centre

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Whitchurch Civic Centre