WHAT a pleasant change. We went to the Hippodrome Theatre this week to see the new variety show starring Jimmy Cricket.
Based on the Jubilee year, various impressionists and tribute acts comprised the first half, Max Wall and Billy Fury being particularly realistic.
I won’t spoil one particular part, apart from saying the highlight was one audience member donning a face mask to be a ventriloquist’s dummy. No-one failed to laugh.
The star used the whole of the second half to showcase his considerable talents.
Some in the audience were crying with laughter, but what made the whole evening so memorable was the fact Jimmy came out into the foyer at the end to say goodnight to everyone. This just doesn’t occur any more.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that variety shows are a generation thing. This particular one appeals to all ages.