At the Civic Theatre, Darlington. Cannon and Ball starred as pirates Smee and Yoo. Lee Brennan (singer with boyband 911) starred as Peter Pan.
Dates, times and prices
�9.50 – �16.50 depending on seat location and show date and time. Various reductions for concessions, groups and school parties.
|Peter Pan||Lee Brennan|
|Tiger Lily||Celena Cherry|
|The Pirates||The Acromaniacs
|The Ensemble||Chloe Evans
|The Babes||Joanne Banks Dancers|
Cannon and Ball
Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball are one of Britain’s funniest and most successful double acts. In a career spanning over 30 years they have achieved a string of honours that includes them among the all-time greats of showbusiness.
On television they have starred in their own series practically every year since 1979. They have ‘guested’ on all the major shows including Wogan, Parkinson, The Des O’Connor Show, Sunday Night at the Palladium and several Royal Variety Shows. They featured in a BBC documentary Funny Business based on double acts, which also included footage of comedy legends Martin and Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, and Morecambe and Wise.
To add to their pedigree, they remain the only act to have won three separate National Club Awards and be names as the Variety Club ‘Personalities of the Year’. Their feature film The Boys in Blue in addition to its cinema success, has gone on to become a video best seller. The boys have also been the subject of This is Your Life!
During the 1970s they built a strong reputation around the UK cabaret club circuit for being a great live act. They also toured extensively in the hotel circuits of Australia and South Africa.
Tom and Bob have broken records in theatres all over the UK, including London. In 1981 they played a six-week season at the Dominion Theatre. Every seat was sold before the show opened, and in 1988 their pantomime Babes in the Wood broke all previous pantomime records at the world famous London Palladium, where Cannon and Ball created the record for the largest box office amount taken in one week in British theatre history.
Rock with Laughter 96 fulfilled Tommy and Bobby’s ambition to star in their own Rock ‘n’ Roll spectacular, their first summer season for producers QDOS.
After an extensive Autumn tour and a trip to Israel, the boys played the Chinese Policemen in Aladdin in the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and again at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.
They have appeared on many major TV shows including The Des O’Connor Show, Noel Edmond’s House Party, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Generation Game.
In the spring of 1999 the boys appeared at various theatres across the country starring in A Night at the Music Hall whilst continuing their tour of An Audience With…
The boys played full houses at their Summer Season in 1999 at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, the season was one of the most successful summers Blackpool has ever had!
The 1999/2000 pantomime season saw the boys play the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, for the production Cinderella, co-starring Melinda Messenger and Britt Ekland.
The early part of 2000 saw the boys starring and touring in various shows throughout the UK’s theatres. Summer Season 2000 featured the successful Comedy Bonanza Show (which broke box office records) at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and the Princess Theatre, Torquay, for 10 weeks and later included Sundays at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth. Pantomime 2000/2001 saw the boys star at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.
2001/2002 pantomime saw them starring in Aladdin with Tricia Penrose at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
Tommy and Bobby appeared at the Comedy Bonanza, Blackpool Grand Theatre throughout the summer of 2002 and went on to star in Dick Whittington as Captain and Captain’s Mate at the New Theatre, Cardiff. The following year they starred in Summer Season at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth, and Weymouth Pavilion Theatre.
They hit a new record-breaking high in 2003/2004 at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, with Peter Pan for one of the longest running seasons in the UK. The boys played Yoo and Smee, two bumbling pirates, much to the annoyance of the evil Captain Hook.
Tommy and Bobby returned to our television screens early in 2004 with the BBC1 series Revolver, a comedy sketch show that brought together a whole host of talent that we all know and love, such as John Inman, Leslie Phillips and Honor Blackman.
This summer the boys teamed up with The Grumbleweeds as they performed at the Blackpool Grand Theatre with the hugely popular Comedy Bonanza, they also appeared at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth, the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, and the Embassy Theatre, Skegness.
Even after 40 years of making people laugh, Tommy and Bobby are still enjoying every minute and are looking forward to entertaining for many years to come.
Lee was born in Carlisle and is most famous for being the lead singer of the boyband 911.
Lee joined up with Spike and Jimmy in 1995, forming the hugely successful pop band. 911 were one of the biggest pop bands of the nineties releasing 13 singles and four albums, including a Greatest Hits, during their five years together. 911 had ten top ten singles, eight top fives, and one number one, selling seven million records.
The band toured the UK four times and also toured Europe and the Far East. 911 recently reformed and are working towards future gigs. Lee is now concentrating on songwriting, having written four hits for 911.
He is signed to music publishers Windswept. He co-wrote the single If You Come Back for the boyband Blue, which shot to number one in December 2001.
Last year saw Lee try his hand at acting for the first time as he appeared in his first panto. He played Peter Pan at the Wolverhampton Theatre starring alongside the brilliant Cannon and Ball and is delighted to be joining them on stage in Darlington this year.
Celena studied at Ravenscourt Theatre School from the age of 4, where as well as a full education she learnt ballet, tap, mime and drama.
In 1985 Celena landed her first part in a children’s telvision series for ITV called C.A.B. She played Jo. Then, in 1991, she received the part of Neena in a children’s television series for ITV called Criss Cross. Celena also had a small part in Eastenders playing a brownie and a part in The Bill playing part of a gang who vandalised cars and appeared in Max Headroom’s Christmas Turkey.
At 17, Celena signed a contract with Walt Disney Records and was with them for a year. Then, when she was 18 years old, she joined a girl group as the lead singer, the group went on to be The Honeyz. They had five top 10s, their first single ‘Finally Found’ (which they wrote) went into the charts at Number 4 and stayed in the charts for ten weeks. Their debut album went platinum and they had a Number 1 in Australia. During that time they appeared on such shows as CD:UK, Top of the Pops, Party in the Park, Stars in their Eyes etc., as well as doing six music videos and touring the world.
Honeyz split in 2002, since when Celena has been working on a solo career and writing songs. Recently Victoria Beckham recorded one of Celena’s songs for her album as well as a Japanese artist called Krystal Kay.
She performed in the pantomime Snow White ad the fairy alongside Lysette Anthony and Jansen Spencer in 2002 and in 2003 Celena headlined in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. She has just finished shooting a commercial for FCUK and will be seen in an episode of Doctors playing a guest lead.
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