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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.

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.

Scripts ready for more of No More Fiffing & Faffing

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 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! 🎭”

 

No More Fiffing & Faffing to go on UK tour in 2019

 

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

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

Style Magazine

Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster

Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket helped raise funds for a church in Lancaster earlier this month.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at Bentham Town Hall in the Lancashire city on Saturday 10 November in aid of St Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

Also on the show was Jimmy’s wife May Marion and their good friend Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

The church’s website said the event was a sellout and “a very enjoyable evening”.

Jimmy tweeted the photos above and added: “Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!”

 

 

A pleasure working for showbiz legend & friend

Always a pleasure working for showbiz Legend and friend, Mr Johnny Manns, (in conjunction with Barbara Lindsey), alongside my other friend and musical arranger David Carter, with fellow pro’s Con and Dec, “The Bachelors” tonight at the Ivy Leaf Club!

Jimmy Cricket worked again recently with someone he describes as a “showbiz legend”.

The Northern Irish comedian was performing on a show at the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlesey, Peterborough on Friday 19 October, which was organised by Johnny Mans and his production team in association with Barbara Lindsey.

Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Always a pleasure working for showbiz Legend and friend, Mr Johnny Mans, (in conjunction with Barbara Lindsey), alongside my other friend and musical arranger David Carter, with fellow pros Con and Dec, “The Bachelors” tonight at the Ivy Leaf Club!”

Johnny is the third generation of a showbiz family with his grandfather being a Yorkshire comedian and his grandmother a dancer with the Tiller Girls, a popular dance troupe famous for their high-kicking routines and who once counted former House Of Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd as a member.

His mother also became a Tiller Girl, as well as being a pantomime producer and a dance school teacher. Johnny’s six sisters were professional dancers, one of them touring with Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley) and another in Kirby’s Flying Ballet.

Johnny performed in his mother’s pantomime productions from the age of eight and after several years he developed his own comedy act and became one of the famous Carroll Levis discoveries, appearing on television from the Aston Studios in Birmingham.

Over the years Johnny appeared in theatres with star names of that era, including the famous American comedy duo The Bernard Brothers.

He also worked with Derek Roy, Jimmy Young, Marty Wilde, Ronnie Hilton and for a while joined the holiday camp world, first as a Redcoat and then a short spell as a Bluecoat, becoming an entertainment manager at the age of just 21.

The world of clubland also beckoned and he performed throughout the UK. After five summer seasons in Jersey in various productions, he eventually turned his hand to producing his own shows, being an agent and manager and also a concert promoter.

Since the early 1980s, he has been a prominent name in the entertainment world, having managed major stars such as Sir Norman Wisdom, Anne Shelton, Max Bygraves, Danny La Rue, Nicholas Parsons, Jon Pertwee and many other celebrities.

He has also produced and promoted shows for big names such as Des O’Connor, Cilla Black, The Platters, Bob Monkhouse, Val Doonican, Suzi Quatro, Little & Large, Tom O’Connor, John Inman and Dame Vera Lynn.

In 2009 he took over Encore magazine, printed every two months for the entertainment industry.

Charity is also a major part of Johnny’s life and over the past 40 years he has been involved with many fundraising organisations, including the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (now the Royal Variety Charity), the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the British Heart Foundation.

Johnny, who is also a family man, has produced shows at Buckingham Palace in the company of several members of the Royal Family.

Jimmy Cricket’s play delights Blackburn Empire Theatre audience

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance – and was watched by a special guest.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday evening.

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.

Among the audience was Lady Anne Dodd, widow of famous comedian Sir Ken Dodd who died aged 90 in May this year.

Jimmy tweeted after the show: “A big thank you to my friends , neighbours and supporters for coming to my new play last night at the Blackburn Empire.. A special thanks to Lady Anne Dodd. To see you all there was heart warming.”

He also posted on social media: “My thanks to Jonathan Young and for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience !”

 

Jimmy Cricket’s play just days away – don’t miss it!

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

The one and only performance of Jimmy Cricket’s first play is now only a few days away.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday (16 September) at 7.30pm.

Join comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.

Appearing with famous comedian Jimmy will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com

Read more about the play and book online here.

BBC Radio Lancashire interview about first play

New #theatre show about a #comedy double act on their last night in the spotlight called #NoMoreFiffingandFaffing on @ThwaitesEmpire. The very funny @jimmy__cricket, @ColinMeredith52 who's been in lots of TV shows chat 2 @Gillylancs on @BBCLancashire👂➡️https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiolancashire – at BBC Radio Lancashire

Jimmy Cricket has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire about the staging of his first play later this month.

The famous comedian was accompanied by fellow actor Colin Meredith to talk about No more Fiffing and Faffing, which will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Appearing with Jimmy and Colin, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years, will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com.

Listen to Jimmy and Colin chatting to BBC Radio Lancashire presenter John Gillmore here (the interview starts at 1.50.20)

Read more about the play and book online 

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing