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Return to panto debut venue – 33 years later 150 150 mhamer

Return to panto debut venue – 33 years later

Jimmy Cricket first appeared in panto at the Charter Theatre in preston in Robinson Crusoe in Outer SpaceJimmy Cricket will be appearing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Preston's Charter Theatre

Jimmy Cricket will be performing in pantomime later this year at the Charter Theatre in Preston – where he made his panto debut in 1981.

The famous entertainer will be appearing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (poster below) at the Lancashire venue.

It will be 33 years after the Northern Irish funnyman figured in a version of a contemporary pantomime called Robinson Crusoe in Outer Space (left) when he was described as “Britain’s fastest rising TV comedian”.

Since his first foray into the land of fairytales, Jimmy has featured in 26


different pantomime productions over the years, taking in theatres across the UK located in:

Belfast, Glasgow, Nottingham, Bradford, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Darlington, Billingham, Wolverhampton, Truro, Doncaster, Lichfield, Swindon, Torquay, Southport, Ashton-under-Lyme and Weston-Super-Mare.

On his arrival in Preston, he will be reunited with the creative team who produced last Christmas’s record -breaking version of Snow White at the Forum Theatre in Billingham.

Some of the cast have been retained for the Preston version, which has delighted Jimmy who is looking forward to a happy return to the Charter Theatre.

Can’t find October dates? Come closer! 150 150 mhamer

Can’t find October dates? Come closer!

Jimmy Cricket and Brotherhood of Man

Struggling to find out what your favourite comedian Jimmy Cricket is up to during October?

Well, come closer!

Technical problems mean that the popular events calendar feature on this website has unexpectedly stopped working – unlike Jimmy who has another busy month ahead.

So please accept our apologies and while we try to rectify the problem, here is Jimmy’s schedule in October – events subject to change, of course.


Mon 1st

Solihull Arts Centre at 1.30pm


Tue 2nd

Sheffield City Hall (Jimmy and Mick)


Wed 3rd

Thameside Theatre, Essex (tenner show)


Thu 4th

Laugh Inn, Chester (Jimmy & Mick)


Fri 5th

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton


Sat 6th

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston (music and Mayhem)


Thu 11th

St Peter’s, Hazel Grove


Fri 12th

St Catherine’s, Didsbury

Sat 13th

Walmer Bridge Village Hall


Sun 14th

Bucknall Pentecostal Church, Stoke-on-Trent


Thu 25th

Laughing Crow Comedy Club, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow


Fri 26th

Sherburn WMC, Durham


Sat 27th

Acorn Theatre, Worksop


Sun 28th

Thwaites Empire Anniversary Show, Blackburn


Tue 30th

Victoria Hall, Southborough, Surrey


Wed 31st

Victoria Hall, Southborough
Down by the Riverside! 150 150 mhamer

Down by the Riverside!

Jimmy with the Riverside resident entertainers: Sarah, Mike, Craig and Lauren

Comedian Jimmy Cricket with the Riverside's resident entertainers who are Sarah, Mike, Craig and Lauren

A holiday village in Southport was a recent port of call for top entertainer Jimmy Cricket.

The Irish comedian headlined a show at the Riverside Holiday Park at the start of July, appearing with the village’s resident company at its main cabaret venue.

The Riverside is owned and run by a family-run company called Harrison Holidays.

It owns three other holiday park locations , including another in the Southport area, plus one near Preston and one in Cumbria.

From Cinders to stand-up 150 150 mhamer

From Cinders to stand-up

Comedy legends Mick Miller and Jimmy Cricket to team up in Darlington

Comedian Jimmy Cricket is returning to the Civic Theatre in Darlington – just months after appearing on the same stage as Baron Hardup in a pantomime version of Cinderella.

This time around, Jimmy is down to do his usual stand-up and is teaming up with fellow comedy legend Mick Miller.

Jimmy enjoyed his time in Darlington so much at Christmas that he could not wait to get back to the civic theatre. When a date was found over the summer, he did not need think twice about it.

He found the Darlington audiences very warm and receptive, and so he now wants to perform the stand-up for which he is famous.

Mick Miller received plenty of praise and plaudits after his appearance in last December’s Royal Command Variety Performance which was broadcast on ITV.

In addition to the Darlington appearance on Wednesday 11 July, the Jimmy and Mick Show tour also includes Preston, Chester, Sheffield and Manchester. It is even down to visit the world-famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August.

Jimmy said: “It is a great thrill to be returning to the civic theatre in Darlington after appearing in the theatre’s pantomime last Christmas.

“I am especially excited as people who came to see the panto will now get a chance to see me perform my stand-up.

“Darlington has a great theatre which is really ideal for us comedians as it has an intimate setting that creates a great atmosphere. The evening in question brings together two fine exponents of the arts of comedy and this is a comedy treat that should not be missed.”

Mick said:  “This date in Darlington kicks off mine and Jimmy’s tour together, and I know we are going to have a barrel of laughs over the different dates.

“But I cannot think of a better starting point than Darlington. If you want a giggle or two, then hop down to the civic theatre because with the two of us on stage, it is going to be madcap fun and laughter all the way.”

* Stay up-to-date with all Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming shows here