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Showbiz legends Tony Christie and Ken Dodd to hit Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 January 2011

Lowestoft Marina Theatre.

Lowestoft Marina Theatre.

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TWO giants of British showbiz are set to hit the stage in Lowestoft again later this year, The Journal can reveal.

Comedy legend Ken Dodd and multi-million-selling singer Tony Christie are both poised to return to the Marina Theatre.

Veteran entertainer Doddy, who last month threw his weight behind efforts to safeguard the Marina by calling on council chiefs to ensure it remains a “working theatre,” is scheduled to appear on Saturday, May 7.

And four days later, on Wednesday, May 11, Tony Christie will be in town as part of a major UK tour which will see him celebrating 50 years in the music industry.

Doddy, whose series of sell-out shows have made him a favourite at the Marina over the years will once again be presenting his unique mixture of laughter and song.

A proud holder of an OBE, he is chiefly known as a comedian but he is also a major recording artist, having major hits with Tears – which became one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all time – Happiness, and Love Is Like A Violin.

He has received the British Comedy Awards’s highest accolade, The Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has displayed his acting talent by taking the role of Malvio in a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Tony Christie will be back at the Marina for the first time in six years as he calls into Lowestoft as part of a 14-date “golden anniversary” tour on which he will be singing songs from his new album Now’s The Time!

When he last appeared at a sell-out show at the Marina in 2005, his single This the Way to Amarillo? was enjoying its seventh week in the number one spot, and he had also become the first artist to top the new combined sales and download chart.

His 19th studio album is released on February 7 and features collaborations with former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and Roisin Murphy among others. It was produced by friend, fan and one-time collaborator Richard Barrett from the band, The All Seeing I.

Having made his West End debut last year, the 67-year-old star said he was looking forward to hitting the road again. He said: “I’ve had an incredible career and I’m looking forward to marking my 50th year in music with my biggest UK tour to date.”

Theatre manager Martin Halliday said: “Ken Dodd is the King of British Comedy and we are thrilled that he is returning to the Marina. I am also delighted to confirm that the superb voice of Tony Christie will once again be heard from the Marina stage as part of his major 2011 tour.”

Tickets for Ken Dodd and Tony Christie are available from the Marina box office on 01502 533200 from today. Demand for both events is expected to be very high.

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