Veteran showman on song

Joe Longthorne.
Joe Longthorne.

One of the UK’s most well-known Royal Variety performers is to make an appearance at a Blyth theatre next week.

Joe Longthorne MBE made his fortune in the 1980s as a singer and impressionist and performed several times at the Royal Palladium.

During the eighties, Longthorne had three platinum albums before being diagnosed with lymphoma in 1989. This, however, didn’t stop him performing around the world during the 1990s and he had multiple sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2007 the veteran performer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Variety Club, placing him among stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald to name buta few.

Longthorne will be bringing his new show to Blyth’s Phoenix Theatre next weekend for one night only.

He’ll be performing a full repertoire of his classics along with a number of his signature impersonations from Dame Shirley Bassey to Tony Bennett, Sir Tom Jones, Barry Manilow and Sammy Davis Jnr.

The successful artist was due to appear at the Pheonix Theatre in July but the show had to be rescheduled to this date, which means there are only a limited number of tickets left for this performance.

Earlier in the year, he celebrated his 60th birthday with a special performance at his second home, the London Palladium, with a 26-piece orchestra.

Despite being at home in such a large venue, Longthorne has said he loves to perform in a more intimate atmosphere.

Originally from Kingston upon Hull, he is no strange to the North and will be bringing some special guests along with him.

Joe Longthorne will be performing at ThePhoenix Theatre, Blyth, on Saturday, November 14. Tickets are from £22, visit www.thephoe nixtheatre.org.uk or contact 01670 367 228.