Take Two with Colin Drury

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And talking of prices going back in time (which we were in today’s main Diary piece), something similar is happening at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley.

The attraction will charge 1989 admission prices on Monday to celebrate opening 25 years ago, as reported in this paper yesterday. That’s before the site embarks on stage two of a £4 million expansion later in the year.

Great news. There’ll be thousands of former South Yorkshire school children who remember visits there meeting a host of lambs, goats, pigs, cows and donkeys. And, if this writer’s experience was anything to go back, the vast majority of those youngsters will have been as happy as pigs in mud.

The other LOUIS

And from 25 years ago to 80...

Louis Armstrong, perhaps the most famous jazz musicians of all time, was preparing to play a week at the Empire Theatre in Charles Street, eight decades ago.

The New Orleans trumpeter told the audience on the first night, March 26 1934: “Ladies and gentlemen, we gonna swing a swell number now – come on – Rhapsody In Blue.”


It was a horse-sized hit on stage at The Lyceum but it seems the success of The Full Monty stage show in Sheffield hasn’t transferred down south.

The Olivier Award-nominated play is set to close at London’s Noel Coward Theatre almost three months ahead of schedule.

Lack of demand is blamed.

The Sheffield Theatres production arrived in the West End last month following critical praise and a well-sold regional tour.

But it seems London tastes have proved a little too sophisticated for the humour, soul and guns on show. It will be pulled on March 29.

“Simply not enough of a West End audience shared in the excitement,” say producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers.

Another tour – with an entirely new cast – will begin in September.