The stage is set for more performances of Jimmy Cricket’s first play.
No more Fiffing and Faffing got a great reception from the audience on its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.
Appearing with funnyman Jimmy is Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.
The play will be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.
Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the #BuryMet on the 23rd February 2019, after its premiere last Sept 2018 at the #BlackburnEmpireTheatre why not come and join us for an afternoon or evening full of Variety nostalgia! 🎭”
Jimmy Cricket’s first play, which got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance, is touring northern England in 2019.
No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time in September this year at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.
Appearing with funnyman Jimmy was Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.
The play will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.
No more Fiffing and Faffing was reviewed in the latest edition of the Rochdale-based Style magazine (see image below).
Jimmy tweeted: “My thanks to Ruth and Colin for the review in the recently released Style Magazine, we will be bringing the Comedy Play to 23rd February, 19th May, 18th July, and at the Gladstone Theatre in the in 2019!”
The show, co-written by Jimmy, is an hilarious look at the end of an era of British comedy.
It is about comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as looking as some of their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.
Go here to book tickets for the show in Bury in February
Jimmy Cricket is back at the Fusilier Museum in Bury, Greater Manchester in September, in another charity fund-raiser.
The well-known comedian has been asked to perform again at the venue on Moss Lane on Friday 14 September (8-11pm), having done a show there previously.
Jimmy Cricket helped to raise money to buy teddies for sick children in hospital recently.
The famous entertainer, 71, opened a fund-raising summer fayre – called the Teddy Bear’s Picnic – which took place at Hewlett Court in Bury, Greater Manchester, and was sponsored by the Freemasons.
Hewlett Court was opened in 1979 as a Masonic retirement home for the elderly. The home belongs to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity [ELMC].
It is situated in Holcombe Brook on the north side of Bury near the foot of Holcombe Hill.
Veteran entertainer Jimmy Cricket is appearing in a charity show in Greater Manchester on Friday (29 April).
The comedy night in Bury is being staged to raise much-needed funds to send sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to the famous shrine of Lourdes in the South of France (last year’s group are pictured above).
Jimmy’s daughter, comedienne Katie Mulgrew, will host the show! The line-up has a further family twist as Jimmy’s son, former comedian Frankie Doodle – who left the stage for the pulpit and who is now Fr Frankie Mulgrew – will also be performing.
The list of entertainers is completed by special guest comedian Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire’s Saturday morning show.
Friday at the Fusiliers will be held in the function suite of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury town centre.
Tickets for the event, priced £12 in advance and £13 on the door, are available from the museum in person, on (0161) 763 8950 or via email at email@example.com
For more information on the event, please contact the event organiser Dom Hyndman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Cricket relived his wedding day 40 years on in his latest column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post.
The famous entertainer is headlining Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Charter Theatre in Preston – where he made his pantomime debut in 1981 – over the Christmas and New Year period.
When the Lancashire Evening Post contacted Jimmy through his website editor Martin Hamer – former digital editor at the LEP – about the idea of a monthly feature in the run-up to the panto, he thought it was a “very flattering request”.
And his most recent column recalls the happy memories from 1974 – and how he celebrated his ruby anniversary.
Jimmy also talks about the pantomime, which will be directed by Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies who found fame in the 1960s on Opportunity Knocks when it was watched by an astonishing 20 million people.
“Nobody tells a budgie joke like Freddie,” laughs Jimmy in his column.
It was a family occasion in more ways than one when Jimmy Cricket and his wife May celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary recently.
They got married at St Joseph’s Catholic church in Bury on 25 September 1974 (photo right) and, 40 years and three days later, they renewed their vows at St Mary’s, Sabden in East Lancashire (below left).
And the priest who took the Sabden service was none other than the couple’s younger son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew.
Close family (above) attended the service, which was followed by a special celebratory dinner at the nearby Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley in the Ribble Valley.
Joining both Jimmy and May for their special day of celebrations were all four of their children: Dale, Frankie, Jamie and Katie.
Also present were daughter-in-law, Philippa, and son-in-law, Lee.
Jimmy and May’s grandchildren made their presence known during the day as both Tristan and Lorelai participated in this joyous occasion.