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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

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.

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

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.