Programme


Tour Dates and Places

Mon 14th - Weds 16th MarchBristol Hippodrome
Thurs 17th MarchOxford Apollo
Sat 19th MarchCoventry Apollo
Sun 20th MarchIpswich Gaumont
Mon 21st, Tues 22nd, Fri 25th and Sat 26th MarchNorwich Theatre Royal
Sun 27th - Mon 28th MarchCroydon Fairfield Hall
Tues 29th - Thurs 31st MarchFrimley Lakeside Club
Sat 2nd AprilBlackpool Opera House
Sun 3rd AprilNottingham Royal COncert Hall
Mon 4th AprilSkegness Embassy Centre
Tues 5th - Weds 6th AprilSunderland Empire
Fri 8th - Sun 10th AprilAberdeen Capitol
Mon 11th - Weds 13th AprilInverness Eden Court Theatre
Fri 15th AprilKendal Leisure Centre
Sat 16th AprilMiddlesbrough Town Hall
Mon 18th - Tues 19th AprilCardiff New Theatre
Weds 20th AprilLeicester de Montfort Hall
Thurs 21st AprilWolverhampton Civic Hall
Fri 22nd AprilGloucester Leisure Centre
Sat 23rd - Sun 24th AprilBirmingham Odeon
Tues 26th - Weds 27th AprilSt Austell Coliseum
Thurs 28th - Fri 29th AprilTorquay Princess Theatre
Sat 30th AprilPortsmouth Guildhall
Sun 1st MayWorthing Pavilion Theatre
Mon 2nd - Sat 7th MayWindsor Blazers
Sun 8th MayCrawley Leisure Centre
Mon 9th - Tues 10th MayReading Hexagon
Weds 11th MayNorthampton Derngate Centre
Fri 13th - Sat 14th MayDerby Assembly Rooms
Weds 18th MayDouglas (I.O.M) Villa Marina
Fri 20th MayLiverpool Empire Theatre
Sat 21st MayLlandudno Astra Theatre
Sun 22nd - Tues 24th MayGlasgow Theatre Royal
Thurs 26th MayEdinburgh Playhouse
Fri 27th MaySouthport Theatre
Sat 28th MayBlackpool Opera House
Weds 1st JuneAshton-Under-Lyne Tameside Theatre
Thurs 2nd JuneHanley Victoria Hall
Fri 3rd JuneSouthend Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 4th JuneEastbourne Congress Theatre
Sun 5th - Mon 6th JuneRamsgate Granville Theatre
Tues 7th JuneTunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
Weds 8th JuneSandown (I.O.W) Pier Pavilion
Fri 10th - Sun 12th JuneJersey Fort Regent

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Souvenir Programme Articles

Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball

In 1981 Cannon and Ball completed another television series for London Weekend Television and broke further summer season records at Great Yarmouth, where their show outstripped all other productions at the resort. Following a brief theatre tour that autumn, Tommy and Bobby spent Christmas at the Apollo Theatre, Coventry, with anew show devised by their television producer, David Bell. Once again, public support was overwhelming and the boys were pleased to play to completely full houses for the entire run of the show

In the spring of '82 they returned to London for yet another television series which was broadcast in May and June. Guest stars featured on this series included Leo Sayer, Bruce Forsyth, Iris Williams, Adam Ant, David Essex and snooker champion, Steve Davis, amongst others. Many memorable sketches resulted from the pairing of Tommy and Bobby with their guests in comic situations. In the summer of 1982, Cannon and Ball had their first opportunity to take on Southern audiences for a continuous season, when they played at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens for a total of twenty weeks. This was a nostalgic return for the boys, as they had previously played a summer season there in 1974 as 'bottom of the bill supports' to the Rolf Harris Show.

Their opening night in June was greeted with a rapturous reception from the audience and the critics and the season went on to break all known records at Bournemouth, with capacity business being achieved for seventeen of the twnety weeks and the boys enjoying a great critical response from all quarters.

No sooner had the season finished than Cannon and Ball were plunged straight into their most demanding new role to date - starring in their own full-length feature movie 'The Boys In Blue'. This was shot at Elstree and on location between September and December, and like all filming schedules involved Tommy and Bobby in getting up at 5am on a regular basis to be made up and wardrobed in time for shooting to commence at 8:30.

Christmas '82 brought a further step up the ladder with their first ever West End season at the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. This ran for seven weeks and once again broke all records for a non-pantomime West End Christmas Show. The advance demand for tickets was so great that virtually every seat for the run had been sold before the show even opened. Just three days after the Christmas Show finished, Cannon and Ball attended the Variety Club luncheon at London's Hilton Hotel, where they were proud to receive the Showbusiness Personalities of the Year Award for their achievements in 1982.

Following well deserved holidays in the Pacific and Far East during February, the boys returned to record a new Easter Special for London Weekend Television before commencing their present tour. Summer '83 will see them undertaking a further season in Scarborough and their Christmas Show this year will be in Manchester. Discussions are already under way for a second feature film and they are also due to record a new album this year following the success of their first album released in 1982 on the Music for Pleasure label.


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The programme also contained a lot of information on their recent film The Boys In Blue.

Support Acts

Mike Ryal OrchestraWhole TourOrchestra
Adrian Walsh14th March to 1st MayComedian and Compere
Young Love14th March to 1st MaySinging Group
Clarence 'Frogman' Henry14th March to 1st MayJazz Singer
Dudley Doolittle8th May to 12th JuneComedian and Compere
Phizzical8th May to 12th JuneSinging Group
Berni Flint8th May to 12th JuneSinger