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Skegness awaits return of ‘superstar TV comedian’

The Club Tropicana Friday 26 July, the very welcome return of the very funny TV star Jimmy Cricket, with full supporting show

Jimmy Cricket is back at a top entertainment venue in Lincolnshire in the summer.

The famous Northern Irish comedian, 71, has performed at the Club Tropicana in Skegness previously and returns for a show there on Friday 26 July (8pm start).

Club Tropicana’s website describes itself  as the “East Coast’s finest ‘live’ entertainment venue”.

In anticipation of Jimmy’s latest show at the club in Chapel St Leonards, it talks about “the very welcome return of the superstar TV comedian Jimmy Cricket, with full supporting show from the brilliant Kaiser Monkey Killers and Starlite 19”.

Members get in free, while non-members pay on the door. Table reservations are recommended and tables are served until 8pm. To book a table, call 01754 874444 (option 2).

Find out more details here.

‘Great night’ at the Club Tropicana in Skegness

Jimmy Cricket posted on Twitter: "Great night at the, “New Tropicana”, Skegness with Ents Manager Chris Merry, Singer and Compère Helen Louise Farrell with Adam and Ben on sound and lighting, alongside the Ents team, and my friend Anthony popped in for a visit"

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Club Tropicana in Skegness – and described it as a “great night”.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer, billed by the club’s website in the build-up to his performance as “top comedian” and “star of TV”, appeared at the Lincolnshire venue on Saturday (28 July).

He had also done a show last September at the 2,000-seater club, which hosts a variety of acts including live bands, singers, dancers and comedians.

Jimmy posted on Twitter the photos above and the following message: “Great night at the, “New Tropicana”, Skegness with Ents Manager Chris Merry, Singer and Compère Helen Louise Farrell with Adam and Ben on sound and lighting, alongside the Ents team, and my friend Anthony popped in for a visit 🎭

Skegness reunion for Jimmy, Theo & Wendy

Jimmy with Theo the Mouse and Wendy

Jimmy Cricket met up again with TV characters Wendy Abrahams and Theo The Mouse when they all featured in a summer season spectacle at the beginning of August at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

The show was part of a series of summer performances at the theatre, which also featured Anita Harris, Stu Francis and The Bachelors (see poster below).

Sunday night Startime at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness starred Jimmy Cricket, Anita Harris, The Bachelors, Theo The Mouse and Wendy

The Embassy Theatre line-up was produced by the theatre impresario Mark Andrews.

Although well-known entertainer Jimmy only headlined the first production, all three evenings featured Wendy, who features in CITV’s Sooty Show, and Theo The Mouse, a children’s character created by Wink Taylor. 

Wendy’s partner, Wink, helps out with Theo The Mouse and is also heavily involved with the latest television version of Sooty, which is broadcast on weekend mornings on ITV1.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy also met Theo and Wendy when he appeared at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, South Wales, towards the backend of last year.

The Facebook page for Theo The Mouse can be found here.

Another Redcoats reunion for Jimmy

Jimmy with some other former Butlins Redcoats

Jimmy Cricket had his latest Butlins Redcoat reunion when he was appearing at a Pontins holiday village earlier this summer.

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Ogden, another former Butlins Redcoat

The well-known comedian worked as a Redcoat at the Butlins sites in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and Mosney near Dublin in Ireland during the late 1960s before becoming a household name on television.

He has met up with some of his old colleagues during the decades since then and this was actually the second time he had encountered this particular group of fellow former Redcoats – he also bumped into them the last time he was at Sand Bay Holiday Park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, a couple of years ago!

The photos are courtesy of Paul Ogden, with whom Jimmy can be seen right.

Above, Jimmy has actually managed to borrow a red coat from one of the group and is pictured alongside them all sharing some comedy banter.

Redcoat is the name given to front-line staff at Butlins holiday camps in the UK. A Redcoat has duties ranging from adult entertainer or children’s entertainer to stewarding. Read more about them here.

Butlin’s reunion from the 1960s

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s showJimmy Cricket caught up with some old friends during his summer season in Norfolk.

The well-known comedian was headlining the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre when he visited by some of his former Redcoat colleagues from the Butlin’s holiday site in Clacton-on-Sea.

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s show in Hunstanton and chat about the old times afterwards (picture above).

Jimmy said: “Frankie, Ernie and I were all at Butlin’s together in the late 1960s, so this was a wonderful reunion and a really nice way to catch up with these long-time friends.”

Keeping variety alive

Jimmy Cricket with Carl Lawrence in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in SkegnessThis picture featuring well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been published on a Facebook group page.  

Seen with Jimmy in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in Skegness is Carl Lawrence who posted the photo in his own Facebook section and also on the group one at Keep Variety Alive (you need to be logged into Facebook to view this page).

Carl had come to see the 2013 Music Hall Tour, which Jimmy has headlined over the course of the summer at various venues around the UK.

The show was well received during its July visit to the Embassy Theatre; in fact, about 600 people came to watch the show and Jimmy said he was thrilled with the attendance.

The Music Hall Tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, resumes in September for the autumn leg which includes visits to Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley, Cardiff, Harlow and Soham.

* More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

From King’s Lynn to Harlow to Dudley

Jimmy Cricket takes part in the finale to the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
The finale to the Music Hall Show in King’s Lynn

Jimmy Cricket visited the Corn Exchange Theatre in King’s Lynn as part of the 2013 Music Hall Show tour around the UK.

Jimmy Cricket meets some of the audience at the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
Jimmy meets some of the audience in King’s Lynn

The Irish comedian is headlining the national tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format.

It continues at Skegness on Wednesday, 24 July and then, in the autumn, the show visits Cardiff, Nottingham, Harlow, Soham, Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton and Dudley.

More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

A big thank-you to Gloria Whitbread for sending in these photographs.

‘Comedy to leave you rolling in the aisles’

Popular entertainer Jimmy Cricket has just completed the first leg of his National Music Hall Tour.

The dates for this tour have been clustered, with the first leg over the spring and the second leg scheduled for the autumn, though there is also a one-off date at the Skegness Embassy Centre in July.

Jimmy Cricket is appearing with the National Music Hall Tour - poster

A poster (right) promoting the tour says the shows feature “a full supporting cast and wonderful live band with songs to get you singing along and comedy to leave you rolling in the aisles”.

The first leg included venues such as the Swansea Grand Theatre, Shrewsbury Theatre Severn, and Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre to name a few.

And the autumn leg has dates at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Harlow Playhouse and the Crewe Lyceum Theatre, among others.

A full list of dates and details for each show can be found within the tour dates section of this website.

The show is produced by Mark Andrews Productions. Mark Andrews is a versatile performer, singing and acting as well as producing, and is developing an excellent reputation for his Music Hall touring shows.

* Jimmy is pictured below with the cast at the finale which was taken at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Alongside him and Mark Andrews is chairman Neil Hurst, singer Kay Carmen, Shep’s Banjo Band and the show’s musicians – keyboard player Steve Warburton and Karl on drums.

Music Hall show cast Jimmy Cricket and Mark Andrews (producer) with chairman Neil Hurst, singer Kay Carmen, Shep's Banjo Band and the show’s musicians - keyboard player - Steve Warburton and Karl on drums

The good old days of Music Hall & Variety

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket is leading a return to the good old days in 2013.

The famous Irish comedian will  headline a national tour of a Music Hall Show which is being produced by Mark Andrews Productions.

It will feature all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, complete with a chairman who will throw out to the audience some linguistic challenges!

The show, called The good old days of Music Hall and Variety, will visit the following UK towns and cities during next year: Shrewsbury, Billingham, Stockport, Derby, Cheltenham, Cleethorpes, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Skegness, Cardiff, Redhill, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley and Harlow.

More details for each date can be found within the tour dates section of this website.

Please note that most performance times are scheduled for the afternoon, but there is the odd occasion when an evening show has been arranged in addition to the matinee performance.