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Jason Manford and Queen tribute band Mercury on the bill at Newark Palace Theatre

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Comedian Jason Manford will play to a packed house at Newark Palace Theatre on Friday, November 26, with his new show, Like Me.

The comic has been a well-known face on television, having appeared on a host of comedy quiz panel shows, including as team captain in 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

But he has also starred in the West End and as a television presenter, as well as hosting a weekend show on Absolute Radio.

Jason Manford (53004792)
Jason Manford (53004792)

He is back to his comedy roots in Like Me, which promises expert observational comedy.

Jason said: “After the fun we had on my last tour, Muddle Class, I’m excited to get back on the road with my new stand up show, Like Me.

“In these trying times it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the old chuckle muscle! So I’m coming to a venue near you so we can have a good laugh together.”

Queen tribute band Mercury. (53004769)
Queen tribute band Mercury. (53004769)

Newark’s Joseph Lee Jackson is back in his hometown with his band Mercury and their tribute to Queen and their flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Joseph Lee Jackson, a former Grove upil, performs as Freddie with the band.

Ever-popular in Newark, they have two nights at the Palace ­— on Wednesday and Thursday next week ­— which are re-arranged from pre-pandemic.

Mercury, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, has established itself as one of the world’s most authentic tribute bands to Freddie Mercury and Queen.

This award-winning, dynamic stage show has been wowing audiences from the UK to Dubai with its spectacular costumes, high class production, including dramatic lighting and hugely energetic performance from Joseph Lee Jackson, together with excellent musicianship, beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar work from Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May.

They perform a whole host of Queen tracks, such as We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You.

Freddie Mercury’s mum, Jer Bulsara, said in 2010 that “Joseph, Glenn & Mercury are the next best thing” to the original Queen line-up.

Before Mercury’s visit, singer Elkie Brooks is back at the Palace on Saturday night (November 20).

She leaves audiences mesmerised by emotional renditions of her ballads, powerhouse blues vocals and her trademark impossibly long notes.

Elkie will be performing hits including Pearl’s A Singer, Lilac Wine, Fool (If You think It’s Over) and No More The Fool and many more featured on her recent album Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of.

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