There are some of us who thought entertainer Steve Hewlett’s puppet of Simon Cowell was more appealing than the real thing...the ventriloquist’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent was certainly memorable, and as a finalist he shot to fame and has even led a team on Eggheads.
Now however Steve is working to promote the career of another unique performer and at Easter brings to the Congress Theatre a unique show by legendary ventriloquist Ronn Lucas.
Ronn had his own show on Thames Television in the early 1990’s which ran for five years, but has also won many accolades and awards during his career.
He has achieved several titles as the best entertainer in Las Vegas, and performed in numerous live shows and television performances.
Lucas has headlined six separate stints in Las Vegas, Nevada at five different hotels, most recently at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. . He was the first ventriloquist in the history of Vegas to have a long-running show.
Lucas has been a performer on CBS specials at the Kennedy Center for President Ronald Reagan, at Ford’s Theatre for President Bill Clinton, and again at Ford’s Theatre for President George W. Bush. He also performed at the London Palladium for Queen Elizabeth.
Ronn commented of his return to the UK: “The Brits are clever people. But not clever enough. They have yet to invent a machine or device that can measure my joy, pleasure, happiness, and downright delight, at my being able to once again perform ventriloquism in the UK. Yes, my puppet companions and I are looking forward with great excitement to our two appearances!
“I have my producer, and fellow ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett to thank for this. This is his brainchild. Steven was just a lad when I hosted a hit variety show back in the early 90’s. Poor kid, it’s because of my TV series that the voice-throwing bug bit him, and bit him hard. Now he’s a full grown Vent. Performer and a National Award winner in his own right.
I’m thrilled that Mr Hewlett has not only agreed to produce the show, but he’s also agreed to share the stage with me. Sure, I have some guilt for warping Mr Hewlett at such a young age. But does that matter? These shows are going to be soooo much fun! “
He will be back with Scorch The Dragon, Buffalo Billy and many more new friends in this family show produced and directed by and also starring Steve on March 23 at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £19.50 plus concessions, from 01323 412000 and www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk