Dougie Chapman to bring variety show to Albert Halls
AN entertainer and producer who has been putting on pantos in Bolton for 12 years is bringing a variety show to the Albert Halls with a star-studded cast.
Duggie Chapman is presenting The Best of British next month for a matinee performance with a cast including Britain’s Got Talent ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and comedian Freddie “Parrot Face” Davies.
The show promises an afternoon of real British talent, also featuring singer Maggie O’Hara, and musical act Pete Lindup, who will also be appearing as the Dame in this year’s Pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk with Crackerjack legend Stu Francis.
The veteran producer, who runs Duggie Chapman Associates from Blackpool, was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his services to light entertainment and charities.
He said: “I’ve been putting pantomimes on in Bolton for around 12 years now.
“But there just isn’t that much in the way of good variety shows around any more — it’s all about comedy, so I thought I’d change that.
“We have a great cast for the show. Steve Hewlett is the best of the new wave of entertainers.
“There aren’t many good ventriloquists out there and he is one of them.
“Even Simon Cowell voted for him as a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent this year.
“Freddie Davies has gone from comedy to films and now he’s returning to his roots for this performance.We also have a singer called Maggie O’Hara who has performed in various west end shows, and Pete Lindup who is a multiple instrumentalist who is also the Dame in this year’s panto.”
The Best of British will be coming to the Albert Halls on September 25 for a one-off matinee performance.
For more information call the box office on 01204 334400.
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