A one night show with no ordinary Joe

Singer Joe Longthorne

Singer Joe Longthorne

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Pickering’s popular Kirk Theatre is to pull off its biggest coup since it was opened more than three decades ago by staging a one-night show starring Joe Longthorne.

The Hull-born singer and impressionist has been topping bills in theatres worldwide for years, playing to packed houses.

Now he is to appear at the market town’s legendary 225-seat theatre, on Thursday June 19.

A delighted Luke Arnold, the theatre’s general manager, said: “It is a big coup for The Kirk Theatre because Joe has been one of the biggest names in British showbusiness for years - and still is. He has a tremendous following. I’m sure his appearance will really put The Kirk on the entertainment venue map.”

It is now hoped that other big names appear in the future.

The performer’s appearance is the second big success story for the theatre in recent weeks. After struggling because of a lack of volunteer supporters and helpers, it has now recruited new members and teams of people to work both backstage and front of house.

“We have a really good team at The Kirk, people who are enthusiastic about live entertainment and keen to see the theatre go from strength to strength. We have a busy and varied programme of shows and events coming off in the next few months,” said Luke.

*Tickets for Joe Longthorne, at £20, are available at the theatre box office (01751 474833).

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