Variety is spice of life

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Halifax comedian Neil Hurst is hoping his latest idea will catch on - creating a series of magical matinee performances for older and retired people who love the theatre but prefer to stay in at night.

Neil, who stars on national television in All Star Family Fortunes alongside Vernon Kay and is a panto hero in Halifax, explains: “One of the main forms of entertainment requested by audiences is something for older people, retired people, who don’t want to go to the theatre at night but want some sort of entertainment during the day.

“So along with the Victoria Theatre we got our heads together and will be presenting the first of what will hopefully be many, matinee shows for retired and older audiences.

“It’s called Memories and Melodies and will star much-loved TV comedian Jimmy Cricket who is famous for his one-liners and his various catchphrases “And there’s more” and “Come ‘ere”.

“ I will be the host and we will have a full company of other variety acts including Sam Lane, comedy magician and 2009 Britain’s Got Talent semi finalist, and live musicians.”

Memories and Melodies takes place at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on Wednesday, March 25 at 2pm.

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