Comedian Steve steps in for Freddie on variety show

Steve Hewlett and Archie, appearing in The Best of British Variety and Music Hall, Rotherham Civic Theatre
Steve Hewlett and Archie, appearing in The Best of British Variety and Music Hall, Rotherham Civic Theatre
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The Best of British Variety and Music Hall, Rotherham Civic

Comedian Steve Barclay has had to step in to take over the headline spot in this show after Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies suffered a heart attack.

Freddie has been a favourite with fans ever since he achieved TV fame in the 1960s with his famous lisping character in his trademark Homburg hat.

More recently seen in a variety of TV and film acting roles, Freddie was due to join the ensemble cast at the Civic Theatre on Thursday.

Rotherham Theatres manager Mark Scott said: “We were saddened to hear about Freddie 
suffering a heart attack and wish him a speedy and successful recovery.

“All of us here at the Civic Theatre were dearly looking forward to seeing Freddie in the show.

“However, Steve, who is a very popular variety comic in his own right, will be respectfully stepping into Freddie’s shows for the September 26 show.

“Fortunately, it’s still going to be a fantastic show, with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett, juggler and magician Van Buren, singer Maggie O’Hara and multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup all set to give the audience the performance of a lifetime.”

Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and his character, cheeky pensioner Arthur Lager, were a big hit on Britain’s Got Talent.

Steve scored some extra laughs when he produced a puppet version of head judge Simon Cowell.

Tickets for the show are available from the Box Office, located in the Rotherham Visitor Centre in All Saints’ Square, by calling 01709 823621or online at www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk