Where: Leicester Square Theatre, London
When: March 2020
Who: John Shuttleworth
When: John Shuttleworth’s back
Or is he? Due to an error in Ken Worthington’s printing of the flyers and posters for the tour, it reads “John Shuttleworth’s back”, making it sound not so much like our hero’s return to live performance but a reference to the rear features of the star. This is not the first time that Mr Worthington has messed up the promotion and so the gallant star plays the first few minutes of the show with his back facing the audience in order to fulfill the promise of the posters.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is hallmark of Mr Shuttleworth’s show. There really is no new schtick here. Shuttleworth dresses the same, most of the songs are the same as last time you saw him and he interrupts his show to speak on the ‘phone to Worthington, his wife Mary and neighbour Joan Chitty. Most everything is the same and the audiences love it and the show is a triumph.
It seemed a few years ago that Graham Fellows’ appetite for presenting Mr Shuttleworth had begun to wane but now after some shows featuring Jilted John (remember him?) and an album in his own name, he is back hosting John Shuttleworth with energy and vigour and vim.
The songs include newer material like “The A1111” and something about a kettle with a blue light and these are received enthusiastically and stand well alongside the classics like “Y-Reg”, “Pigeons in Flight” and “Can’t go back to Savoury now”.
Mr Shuttleworth is continuing his tour where you will find autographed of his new book on sale. He also remains the only artist on the circuit who has tea towels and decorated wooden spoons on his “merch” stand.