Jimmy Cricket clearly put on a memorable performance whenhe headlined an old-style Music Hall show at the world-famous City Varieties theatre in Leeds.
An article (right) in the Dewsbury Press newspaper said the 70-year-old entertainer played to a full house and got a standing ovation.
Jimmy is quoted as saying: “I love playing here as Yorkshire people are so warm and friendly.”
Each year the City Varieties recreates a version of Music Hall, an incredibly popular format for theatre during Victorian Britain.
The venue in Leeds is synonymous with Music Hall as not only was it built to stage these shows, but it was also the location where the very popular and much-loved BBC light entertainment show called The Good Old Days was filmed during the 1970s and 1980s.
The show – Jimmy appeared in the original in the 80s – retains its eternal popularity as the reruns of it on BBC4 on Friday evenings attract significant viewing figures.
Jimmy Cricket appeared on a radio show presented by an old showbiz colleague earlier this month.
The Northern Irish entertainer was among the guests on Bernie Clifton’s weekly BBC Radio Sheffield comedy show.
Jimmy was personally asked by Bernie to go over to South Yorkshire to take part in his show, which is called ‘Live-ish’. The name springs from the fact that the programme is recorded on a Friday morning in front of a studio audience, but is not broadcast until 1pm the following day.
Jimmy said: “I have known Bernie for three decades and have always had a fondness for his zany and visual approach to comedy, which is not too far away from my own style.
“I really enjoyed taking part in the show and can see why it is gathering listeners all the time, as it now has become one of the most popular programmes produced by BBC Radio Sheffield.”
Top, Bernie and Jimmy are pictured alongside the show’s other guest that week, Sheffield-based fitness trainer Kellyanne Sharman, and the show’s producer, Rav.
Below, Jimmy and Kellyanne are with Peter Lewis, who was in the audience and took these photographs.
Jimmy Cricket was presented with an Irish-themed cake when he returned to perform at the Billingham Forum Theatre near Middlesbrough.
The famous Belfast-born entertainer appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the North East theatre over the Christmas and New Year period. Sellout crowds watched the pantomime; in fact, the biggest attendances ever for a panto at the venue.
And as he arrived to perform again at the theatre at the start of April, he was greeted with a green cake with a pair of wellingtons on it – Jimmy is renowned in his acts for wearing wellies on the wrong feet!
The cake was made by Stockton resident Yasmin Calvert whose mum, Janet, went to the stage door of the theatre to hand it to Jimmy.
Jimmy said: “I was overjoyed on receiving it as it’s one of the best that anyone has made for me. I was particularly impressed with the detail of the decoration and amazed at how it was produced all in green!
“A big thank you to Yasmin for the efforts she went to in making this culinary delight for me.”
His comedy show was a triumph as almost 400 people came to see Jimmy on his return.
He invited the Heritage Dance School to perform a few numbers during the show and added: “I was very pleased with their efforts as they slotted in really nicely.”
Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket has been reflecting on the successful pantomime in which he starred over the festive season.
The Northern Irish entertainer played the comedy role of Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Billingham Forum Theatre near Middlesbrough.
Also in the cast was Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who featured in the role of the Wicked Henchman.
In total, a record 30,000 spectators came through the theatre’s doors to watch Jimmy and the cast over several weeks.
And it consistently had excellent reviews from people who see the show during the Christmas and New Year period.
Jimmy said: “I would like to pay tribute to the wonderful cast that had been assembled and express my gratitude to the excellent production team that put the show together led by producer Duggie Chapman.
“I am also grateful to all the wonderful staff at the Forum Theatre under the watchful eye of manager Derek Cooper.”
He also acknowledges the fantastic cottage (scene photo below) he stayed at over the duration of the pantomime which was situated within Abbey Hill Cottages and is run by Paul, Smokey and Mary.
Jimmy liked the North East venue so much that he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Forum Theatre on the afternoon of Sunday 6 April. To book tickets for Jimmy’s return visit with his comedy show, visit the theatre website here.
Jimmy said: “Liz went above the call of duty on Christmas Eve and decorated with festive trimmings the dressings rooms occupied by the cast of the pantomime. She was ably abetted in this feat by her daughter.
“In 25 years of doing pantos across the UK, this is the first time that I have encountered the theatre’s staff going to the length of ensuring the cast have a Christmas send-off and this special gesture certainly got everyone into the Christmas spirit.”
Jimmy, whose festively decorated panto dressing room is pictured below, was so impressed and grateful for what Liz had done that he wanted to acknowledge her efforts by awarding her the Golden Wellington (above).
Jimmy Cricket is to return to the scene of his record-breaking pantomime.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs attracted sellout crowds – the biggest attendances ever for a panto at the Billingham Forum Theatre near Middlesbrough.
It consistently had excellent reviews from people who watched the show over the Christmas and New Year period.
Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy played the comedy role of Muddles in the festive production. Also in the cast was Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who featured in the role of the Wicked Henchman.
Jimmy liked the North East venue so much that he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Forum Theatre on the afternoon of Sunday 6 April.
Jimmy Cricket’s latest panto has been getting some rave reviews on the social media site, Twitter.
The Northern Irish entertainer is playing the comedy role of Muddles in that old favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Forum Theatre in Billingham near Middlesbrough.
And he and the rest of the cast, which includes Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (who plays Alex Moss in the soap and the Wicked Henchman in Snow White), have been praised for their performances in the pantomime which started on Saturday.
Here are a selection of the tweets:
Sam Scullion @samshort1984: Just been to snow white and the seven dwarfs…wow it was brilliant and hilarious @jimmy__cricket @kurtisstaceyKS and the rest of the cast!!
Sam Scullion @samshort1984: @jimmy__cricket just left the panto would just like to say thank-you for a brilliant and hilarious panto :-)
David wallis @Davie_Wally: Just got in from watchin Snow White at the forum! Me n the kids never stopped laughing.Well done to @jimmy__cricket and the rest of the cast
Paul Goffy Gough @GoffyMedia: panto Tue @theatre_forum @jimmy__cricket JC full of warmth & vast experience.You’ll not be disappointed with a visit tons of laughs ;)
On most days, there is planned a 2.30 afternoon matinee and an early evening show starting at around 6pm, but check with the theatre by phone or on its website (details below) as times vary on different days.
The panto, which runs until 5 January, is being produced by the hugely experience Duggie Chapman, who has been in charge of the Forum Theatre’s panto for the last 15 or so years.
For more information or to book a ticket, visit the Forum Theatre website or ring the Box Office on 01642 552663.