By Dave Barry
The man behind John Shuttleworth and Jilted John will present his latest show at Scarborough’s Spa Theatre on 10 February.
Graham Fellows was to have performed Completely out of Character as part of the mini-Coastival, which has been cancelled.
Graham has been the alter-ego of radio and TV comedy creation John Shuttleworth for more than 25 years.
In 1978, as Jilted John, he was the singer of the hit song of the same name.
In his new show, Graham steps out from behind Shuttleworth’s keyboard to sing his own brand of “revelatory, humorous and quirky and sometimes sad” songs.
He will talk about Shuttleworth and his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John.
He promises to share the tale of the night when jazz legend George Melly broke into Graham's bedsit, and of the time he bought a packet of bread sauce with a famous Hollywood actor, poignantly recalled in the ballad, Mark Rylance was my Lodger.
In 2005, in his John Shuttleworth persona, Graham was on the panel of Radio 4 show Loose Ends, broadcast live from the Spa. Chaired by Ned Sherrin, the panel also featured Ross Noble, Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Plater and Barrie Rutter. Julian Joseph and Jacqui Dankworth were the musicians.
Tickets cost £12 plus a 5% booking fee if bought in person at the box office. Telephone and online bookings are subject to a fee of 12% of the face value plus a ‘fulfilment fee’ of £2 per transaction if tickets are posted or £1 if they are collected.
To book, ring 821888 or visit www.scarboroughspa.co.uk.