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No more Fiffing and Faffing: Play returns

Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the Bury Met this coming 23rd February 2019, after it‘s premier last Sept 2018 @EmpireTheatreBB

The first leg of Jimmy Cricket’s touring play takes place this weekend.

No more Fiffing and Faffing, which had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire, will be performed at The Met in Bury on Saturday (23 February).

It will be followed by performances at the Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

All-round entertainer Jimmy, who co-wrote the play, also performs in it along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Book one of Saturday’s two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) here.

June Whitfield – a ‘great actress and lovely lady’

 

Hi folks I had the great pleasure of working with this great actress and lovely lady the late June Whitfield here is my tribute to her!

Jimmy Cricket has been sharing his memories of his good friend, comedy actress June Whitfield, who died at the end of last year.

The comedian devoted his latest monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post to the late English radio, television and film star.

Jimmy told all his social media followers about his column, saying: “Hi folks I had the great pleasure of working with this great actress and lovely lady the late June Whitfield here is my tribute to her!”

His LEP column read: “The death of June Whitfield at the great age of 93 closes the chapter on one our best ever comedy actresses. In a career that spanned more than six decades, June brought so much joy and laughter that, for many of us, it was not just losing a brilliant performer, but losing a friend.

“You have to go right back to the 1950s to find out when June first got the nation’s chuckle muscles rippling. Radio was king then and June could be heard on a popular show called Take it From Here, penned by Frank Muir and Dennis Norden. She could also be heard on a weekly segment called The Glums, playing Eth, the daft girlfriend to equally dim witted partner Ron, (played by Dick Bentley).

“Her timing and vocal inflections were such that I almost envied the studio audience who were there to witness it in the flesh. She then went on to play straight woman to some of the best comedians of the last century. Tony Hancock, Frankie Howard, Benny Hill, to name but a few.

“So how come when comedians can be a neurotic bunch, (I should know), and always worried about other people getting to many laughs, did June get the gig, so to speak?…”

Read the full column here

 

Blackpool hotel’s signature drink: The Jimmy Crickett

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy Cricket has had a drink named after him!

The Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool, where Jimmy has been performing regularly for a few years, has been selling the cocktail of midori, gin and lemonade.

Wow how lovely they named a drink after me! Thank you @LyndeneHotel A must for St Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

Midori is a liqueur with a fruity taste of melon and also the Japanese word for ‘green’.

The drink – called The Jimmy Crickett -was advertised by the Lyndene (see right) as its signature drink, priced at £4.90.

“Wow how lovely they named a drink after me! Thank you A must for St Patrick’s Day Celebrations!” said Jimmy on social media.

The 73-year-old veteran comedian  performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with other artists, at the Lyndene.

His next show at the Blackpool hotel is on Wednesday 27 March.

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

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

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

Sharing some nostalgia on my great friend Phyllis

Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phylis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!

Jimmy Cricket has been reminiscing on social media with some photographs relating to theatrical agent Phyllis Rounce.

In addition to managing Jimmy, Phyllis also looked after the careers of other stars such as Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.

Hull was a comedian, best known as a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird.

Hancock was a high-profile comedian and actor during the 1950s and early 1960s, enjoying major success with his BBC series Hancock’s Half Hour, first broadcast on radio and then on television.

Famous entertainer Jimmy posted the pictures above recently, adding: “Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phyllis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!”

Speaking in his monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post last summer, Jimmy said that Phyllis – known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.

He described her as “one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.

Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury

Jimmy Cricket's wife mistaken for a ghost - on her wedding day!

Jimmy Cricket and his new play have been the focus of an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

No more Fiffing and Faffing had a successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.

It will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral as part of a tour across the North of England.

All-round entertainer Jimmy performs in the play, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Visit here to book one of the two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Saturday 23 February.

The Lancashire Telegraph previewed the play in Bury and highlighted Jimmy and Mrs Cricket’s strong connections to the town.

The article begins: “Comedian Jimmy Cricket will be continuing his special relationship with Bury when he showcases his new play, No More Fiffing and Faffing, at the Met later this month.

Set at the end of the pier, it’s the tale of a comedy double act who prepare for their final performance after many years on the road together.

As the final show looms, long-held resentments come to the fore.

Jimmy was inspired to write the show, in which he also stars, after seeing the success of fellow comedian Bobby Ball’s first steps into writing for the stage.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was premiered at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn, last year and Jimmy is delighted to be bringing it to Bury.

‘Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury,’ he said revealing that he and his wife May had their first home in the town on Wash Street less than a mile from the Met.

The couple were married in Bury in 1974 having met at Pontins when Jimmy was a Bluecoat and May was a waitress in the restaurant.”

Visit here for the full story

 

Promoting new play at shopping centre in Greater Manchester

Jimmy Cricket 19 hrs · Out and about today catching the shoppers as they pass by, advertising our brand new Comedy Play soon to be staged at #themet in Bury, my thanks to Marie Gribben, Manager at #MillGateBury, on behalf of myself and #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith, the last time I was there it was to turn the Christmas 🎄 lights on, which was back in the nineties!

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket has been promoting the first leg of his touring play at a shopping centre in Greater Manchester.

No more Fiffing and Faffing, which got a great reception from the audience on its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire, will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

Jimmy, who co-wrote the play, was at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre in Bury at the weekend to  let the people of the town know all about the Wellie Boots production.

He later posted the above photos on social media and said: “Out and about today catching the shoppers as they pass by, advertising our brand new Comedy Play soon to be staged at #themet in Bury, my thanks to Marie Gribben, Manager at #MillGateBury, on behalf of myself and #JonathanYoung and #ColinMeredith, the last time I was there it was to turn the Christmas 🎄 lights on, which was back in the nineties! 🎭”

All-round entertainer Jimmy performs in the play, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Visit here to book one of the two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Saturday 23 February.

Lyndene Hotel: ‘Electric atmosphere’ for shows

The atmosphere in both Cabaret Rooms @LyndeneHotel tonight was electric!

The regular shows at a Blackpool hotel which are headlined by Jimmy Cricket are continuing to be popular.

Jimmy’s latest performances at the Lyndene Hotel on the Promenade were on Saturday 26 January and Wednesday 30 January.

Jimmy Cricket at the Lyndene Hotel

The Northern Irish comedian performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with other artists.

And after the latest shows there, he said: “The atmosphere in both Cabaret Rooms tonight was electric!!” and “two busy Cabaret Lounges tonight!”.

His next show at the Blackpool hotel is on Wednesday 6 February.

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

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

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

 

Variety show at Leicester theatre ‘true to its title’

Not since, “The Happy Holiday Show”, back in 1981 at the, “Wellington Pier”, Great Yarmouth, for the great Impresario, Richard (Dick) Condon, who was Manager of the, “Theatre Royal”, Norwich and the instigator of the, “Seaside Special”, at Cromer Pier, have I appeared in such a true to it’s title, “Variety Show”, with a total of eight acts over two hours of Comedy, Speciality, Music, with #BobbyDravo, #SteveHewett, #AndyEastwood, #SteveRawlings, #ZookaandSuzieQ, #FarylSmith and the Satin Dolls. Well done to #PaulBurtonProds for bringing this great Variety Show together for #LOROSHOSPICE

A variety show which took place at the weekend in aid of charity fully lived up to its name, according to Jimmy Cricket.

The Northern Irish comedian was among a host of entertainers performing in the Sunday Variety Show double bill at Leicester Haymarket Theatre on 27 January.

Impressionist and comedian Bobby Davro hosted the event, which was staged by Paul Burton Productions to raise funds for LOROS Hospice.

The hospice looks after more than 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland very year, providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.

Jimmy posted afterwards on social media: “Not since “The Happy Holiday Show”, back in 1981 at the “Wellington Pier”, Great Yarmouth, for the great Impresario Richard (Dick) Condon, who was Manager of the “Theatre Royal”, Norwich and the instigator of the “Seaside Special” at Cromer Pier, have I appeared in such a true to its title, “Variety Show”, with a total of eight acts over two hours of Comedy, Speciality, Music, with #BobbyDravo#SteveHewett#AndyEastwood#SteveRawlings#ZookaandSuzieQ#FarylSmith and the Satin Dolls. Well done to #PaulBurtonProds for bringing this great Variety Show together for #LOROSHOSPICE. 🎭”

 

‘Wanted to see Jimmy Cricket live for practically my lifetime’

Enjoyed performing @SlapstickFest in the, “Weston Studio”, at the Old Vic here in the great city of Bristol 🎭

Jimmy Cricket was told that he “went down a storm” in the 15th Slapstick Festival in Bristol at the weekend.

The famous comedian performed on Sunday (20 January) in The Weston Studio at the Bristol Old Vic.

Since 2005, the festival has hosted more than 300 events for over 100,000 people, introducing rare archive and silent comedy films, and combining them with live music from world-class musicians, well-known guests and film experts.

The organisers said on social media after the event: “Thanks for coming Jimmy – cracking show, went down a storm.”

Jimmy posted: “Enjoyed performing in the, “Weston Studio”, at the Old Vic here in the great city of Bristol.”

He later said: “For the past 15 years, the Slapstick festival has been celebrating Charlie, Buster, Stan and Ollie and all the great visual comedy pioneers of the past. It was an honour and a pleasure to perform my one-man show for them last Sunday at the Bristol Old Vic.”

A member of the audience, Jonathan Sloman, who is a freelance film and TV editor and historian, tweeted: “Wanted to see Jimmy Cricket live for practically my lifetime. A real treat to be at this. Was hypnotised by those boots!”

Other performers at the 33 events over six days included Bill OddieGraeme Garden, Tim Brooke-TaylorBarry CryerLittle & LargeSally Phillips and Dad’s Army’s Frank Williams, who is among those pictured below with Jimmy and his wife May.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Lovely meeting up with old friends Producer and Author and Katherine his wife, alongside Ronnie, and actor Frank Williams, (Rev Farthing in Dad’s Army), after the in Hotel last night.”

Lovely meeting up with old friends Producer and Author @ChrisGidney and Katherine his wife, alongside Ronnie, and actor Frank Williams, (Rev Farthing in Dad’s Army), after the @SlapstickFest in @BristolDoyle Hotel last night 🎭

‘We don’t like Cricket, we love him!’, says headline

A regional newspaper has published a special preview of Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming appearance in a variety show at the weekend.

The famous entertainer is performing in the Studio Theatre at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre on Sunday (27 January) at both 5pm and 8pm.

Impressionist and comedian Bobby Davro is hosting the Sunday Variety Show double bill.

Other performers include Andy Eastwood, Steve Hewlett, The Satin Dollz, Steve Rawlings, Faryl Smith, Zooka and Suzie Q.

The article (below) about Jimmy – headlined ‘We don’t like Cricket, we love him’ – was written by Lizz Brain, the  theatre critic.

Jimmy tweeted: “My thanks to the lovely Lizz Brain for my interview in regard to the forthcoming show!”

My thanks to the lovely Lizz Brain for my interview in regard to the forthcoming show! 🎭

The variety performance is being staged by Paul Burton Productions to raise funds for LOROS Hospice.

The hospice looks after more than 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland very year, providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.

Book tickets for one of the shows here.