After an absence of nearly 20 years, chart-topping Eurovision Song Contest winner and multi-award winning singing star DANA will be wowing her fans once again with a new album and UK tour to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of her winning the Eurovision Song Contest.
The show will feature all of her hits including It's Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas, Please Tell Him, Who Put The Lights Out?, Fairytale and, of course, All Kinds Of Everything, plus many more with her band. DANA promises and evening of fun, laughter and song for music-lovers everywhere.
Fresh from BBCTV`s Celebrity Cash in the Attic and ITVs Ant & Dec Show, Syd is well loved as one half of Little & Large, and his solo career has taken him around the world.
Join Syd and his special guests as he celebrates his musical heroes from Buddy Holly to The Beatles and offers hilarious stories from his 50 year career.
An afternoon packed with great music, thrilling dance and big laughs!
His special guest, Maisy May Marion, offers a superb selection of best-loved songs and occasionally gets tangled up with Jimmy's mad-cap antics. An afternoon of the very best
of comedy and song, not to be missed!
"Jimmy belongs to the rare pedigree of innovative comics
who can be the `Court Jester` at the London Palladium,
the `Principal` in a Summer Season, or the trusted `Headliner`
on a cruise or at a local social club."
Join Jimmy Cricket, Don Maclean and International Eurovision singing star DANA in a musical and comedy feast of the very best of live entertainment
with supporting cast and BBC Radio 2’s Michael Wooldridge with his Variety Showband.
"Just like Saturday night TV used to be!"
Some pictures from the show!
Comedian Jimmy Cricket was born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, into an Irish family of four brothers and one sister, whose father was an undertaker.
He left school at sixteen and spent his first two years in the big wide world working at a betting shop, before graduating to the Butlin’s Holiday camp at Mosney, County Meath, for the Summer Season of 1966 working as a Red Coat for three meals a day and £6.00 a week!
The following two summers found him at the Butlins Holiday Camp at Clacton where he picked up more ideas and observations from fellow Redcoats and visiting artists. From this is started to put together a ‘patter’ act to make the customers smile at Irish Blarney.
Over the next few years Jimmy, by then living in the city of Manchester, spent the long days between infrequent engagements as a door-to-door salesman around the pubs and clubs of the North, but as he says himself ‘I wasn’t very successful as everybody I knew had a door.’ However, in the summer of 1972 he changed the colour of his summer jacket, becoming a Bluecoat at the Pontins Camps at Southport and Morecambe. This is where he met his future wife, May, who was then working at the camps as one half of an act called the Tweedie Sisters. Again he says to himself ‘When I bumped into her she was wearing a Halloween mask, it was love at first fright.’
Jimmy continued developing his character in the Northern Clubs. It was at this time that TV producers began to take note of this refreshing comic with the hilarious Irish logic. He reached the second finals of ‘Search for a Star’ and then appeared before HRH The Princess Margaret on the next night live for ITV’s Royal Gala Show ‘A Night of Hundred Stars’ from the National Theatre. This really set the ball rolling for him.
In the next few years Jimmy made regular guest spots on television and radio, culminating in his own TV series for Central Television and his own radio series for BBC Radio Two. In live performances word of mouth is everything and when people see his name outside a theatre they know they can bring not only their children but their aunts and granddads, confident in the knowledge that they’re going to see a first class show. His clean Irish humour also makes a refreshing change on the after-dinner circuit.
Recently Jimmy has just finished writing a Musical about the woes of a struggling lower division football team called ‘Give Me One Good Season’ which he hopes to launch over the next few months.
DON MACLEAN MBE
Don Maclean is one of Britain’s leading TV, Cabaret and After Dinner performers.
He first came to the public’s attention through his appearances on “Crackerjack” and “The Black & White Minstrel Show” which he hosted for three years on television and five years on stage.
He also hosted successful game shows such as “Mouthtrap” and “First Letter
First”. He was a regular guest on “Celebrity Squares” and hosted three series of “Keen Types” for BBC 2. He also devised “The Cheapest Show on Telly” appearing alongside Lenny Henry. More recently he has hosted “Songs of Praise” for BBC Religious Broadcasting.
Radio has played a major part in Don’s career. BBC have featured him in his own series “Keep It Maclean” and “Maclean Up Britain”. He has been a regular team member on “Wits End”, team captain on “The Press Gang” and Quizmaster on “The Clever Dickathalon” which he also devised. He has also hosted three series of “Are You Sitting Comfortably”. In 2006 Don ended a fifteen year stint hosting his own programme on Radio 2. Entitled “Good Morning Sunday” it was an extremely popular mixture of music and interviews with a religious theme for Sunday listening.
He has appeared in six Royal Command Shows the latest being a Royal Gala for the Princess Royal. His 30th Anniversary in Show Business was marked with the award of a coveted Silver Heart from the Variety Club of Great Britain, and in 1997 Birmingham University conferred upon him an Honoury Degree of Master of Arts.
In the 2001 Honours List he was made an MBE for services to religion and inter faith relations, and on June 7th 2003 he was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre at Southwark Roman Catholic Cathedral.
He has also added acting to his repertoire with a theatre tour of the play “Bedfull of Foreigners”. His co-star was Mandy Rice-Davies, and he can now rightfully claim to be the first Englishman ever to be paid to get into bed with MRD. Well he would wouldn’t he?
He toured with the Paul Elliot farce “No Place Like A Home” during 2007. A comedy based on a retirement home for show business performers.
Now one of Britain’s most experienced panto performers, Don has appeared in 35 productions, the last 12 as “Dame”
In 1984 Don achieved a lifelong ambition when he passed his Private Pilots license. He has his own aircraft (G-DON) which he flies at every opportunity, and whenever passengers question his flying ability, eagerly points out that a good pilot is any pilot who has had the same amount of landings as take-offs. His flying has proved a useful addition to his other great interest, the First World War in the Air. His autobiography aptly named “Flying High” is published by Hodder Headline as is his latest book “Closer to Heaven”
Don has been married to Toni for over 40 years. They have two children: Rachel who is married to Guy has presented them with two granddaughters, Gracie and Francesca, while Rory a teacher is married to Mel. They have recently produced baby Noah to carry on the “MacLean” name.
She's back! After some 15 years away from the stage whilst working tirelessly for peace, Christian family values and respect for life, as a Member of European Parliament, this Irish chart-topper is once again on tour to delight her legions of fans.
As Ireland’s first winner of the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest, she beat out internationally recognised singers such as Julio Iglesias of Spain with the song All Kinds of Everything. The Derry school girl became an overnight singing star, and was launched into a successful music career with a number one record throughout Europe. Years of recording success followed with chart-topping albums and single-records. Additionally, DANA continued to gain notoriety as a television personality on major domestic and international programs, including her own hit series, A Day Out with Dana (BBC), Wake Up Sunday (BBC), and the Dana Series (RTE).
November of 2007 marked an exciting time for Dana as she released her long-awaited autobiography, All Kinds of Everything, which is now available in Ireland through DS Music Productions, and will be made available elsewhere in the near future - more release details to come. Dana is currently recording an exciting new television series for EWTN.
As seen on ITV's "Loose Women"
Join stars from the World's most famous theatre as they celebrate the Golden Age of Variety in
'Brings back wonderful memories of well-loved Palladium performers from
Judy Garland to Benny Hill and Sir Harry Secombe. A magical show.'
Join comedy legend Supersonic SYD LITTLE (Little & Large), and First Lady of the Trumpet
JOAN HINDE, plus a full supporting cast and musicians, as we celebrate the Golden Age of Entertainment in PALLADIUM MEMORIES
Alongside our two bill topping Palladium stars, JAMES OWEN brings us his Heroes of Comedy, from Benny Hill and
Sir Harry Secombe through to Terry Scott and Morecambe & Wise.
DIANE REGAN brings the glitz and glamour of her favourite Palladium Show-Stoppers and memories of the legendary Judy Garland.
Comedy and Amazing Illusions with CHRIS GIDNEY and enthralling live music from BBC Broadcasting Organist MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE and top drummer PHIL SOLOMON.
Join us for this sparkling show,
a feast of music, comedy and memories.
The London Palladium
Over the years the world's most famous theatre has played host to some of the biggest stars in the business. Every up and coming performer's dream is to appear there and every seasoned performer longs to return to the special atmosphere that exists in the beautifully designed Frank Matcham auditorium.
The Palladium was opened in 1910 with Music Hall followed by Musical Revues with their spectacular costumes and scenery.
The 1930s welcomed the age of Variety, when anything up to fifteen different acts would share the bill, and perhaps be on stage for just a few minutes each. Well known names during the 1940s included the Crazy Gang, Max Miller, Arthur Askey, Tommy Trinder, Jack Benney and Billy Cotton.
In the 1950s the theatre came under the control of Val Parnell, known as `Mr. Showbusiness`, and saw the introduction of big American stars such as Mickey Rooney and Danny Kaye. The Palladium Pantomime was revived with great success.
The 1960-70s was the golden age of the big stars from home and abroad and this is the period that our show `Palladium Memories` focuses on. We are sure you will spot our salutes to the many stars that graced the Palladium stage including The Beatles, Max Bygraves, Benny Hill, Ken Dodd, Sammy Davis Jr, Judy Garland, Terry Scott, David Nixon, Maurice Chevalier, Sir Harry Secombe and of course, Joan Hinde and Little & Large.
The Minstrels return to the stage in a spectacular show bursting with Music, Dance, Magic and Comedy. Join us for our 2010 Summer Season at The Whitehall Theatre, Dundee for a celebration of the classic music medleys from the many wonderful television shows that featured the George Mitchell Singers.
This production features the original stars and glittering costumes from their award winning television programmes. As well as their many hundreds of appearances with George Mitchell, our star singers have also appeared in such favourites as Sing Something Simple, Friday Night is Music Night, Songs from the Shows and more.
For this spectacular new show, they are joined by their very special Guest Star, Scotland's Son of Fun, comedian EDDIE ROSE. There is Magic and Mystery with Young Magician of the year, HIGH JINX, The Delectable MINSTREL MAIDS and fabulous live music from THE MIKE WATSON BAND.
"This style of show is still as popular as ever," says Chris Gidney, the show's Director. "From the evergreen musical popularity of Al Jolson through to the excitement of Viva Latin America! audiences of all ages still love the musical approach, pace, variety and spectacle of THOSE VARIETY DAYS"
Some pictures from a previous production of the show, with special guest star, Supersonic Syd Little, to whet your appetite!
ABRACADABRA! is a rich mixture of Music, Magic, Circus and Pantomime. This glitzy show is filled with well known music, from Disney Favourites through to Children's Musicals.
A Magical Treat for All the Family!
Join Master Magician Christopher Cricket on an enthralling musical journey through his world of magic and illusion. Be amazed as he produces a beautiful Princess out of thin air and laugh at the hilarious antics of his naughty helpers. As you might imagine, the tricks don't always go to plan and they often need the audiences help to get them out of trouble.
We can also offer our popular Magician's Workshops as an additional attraction. Following on from the show, members of the cast will spend up to an an hour teaching all age groups magical effects that will impress their friends. This can be offered at an additional ticket price. We also carry a range of magic merchandise, in association with Marvin's Magic and Davenports London, most of which is not available in the shops, and this is offered for sale after performances and at the workshops.