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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Alan Carr’s two-nights at Cumbrian theatre may help attract other big names

Chatty Man Alan Carr could help blaze a trail for more big-name acts to west Cumbria.

Alan Carr show photo
Tracey Procter and son Gabriel won tickets to see Alan Carr

The comedian and Channel 4 presenter went down a storm during a two-night stint in the county at the weekend.

And there are hopes that his success could lure other stars to consider venues across the area.

For years people across west Cumbria have been frustrated by being overlooked in favour of bigger places by some of the top acts. But they are desperate to prove places such as the Carnegie in Workington and Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven can be perfect venues.

Carr appeared at Beggar’s Theatre in Millom on Friday and Saturday with his show, Work in Progress.

The intimate venue was seen as one of the perfect places for him to fine-tune his act ahead of a tour of bigger venues.

Jakki Moore, the theatre’s founder, hailed the gigs success. She said: “It was absolutely brilliant, the audience loved him.

“We’re getting bigger and bigger. We’ve got Omid Djalili coming back in October and Stephen K Amos is coming back too.”

Mr Carr’s set was tailored to the town with a few jokes about Haverigg Prison, the Devonshire Arms and even a mention of the Barrow Evening Mail thrown in on the Saturday performance.

Ms Moore said a number of acts had asked about playing at the Beggar’s Theatre and the second Omid Djalili show came about after his management approached her.

She added: “Alfie Moore (who is playing in June) asked if he could come and we were the first venue Omid Djalili’s team rang.”

The venue opened five years ago. The first big name to visit was Bill Bailey in June 2010 followed by Ed Byrne, Jon Richardson and Stephen K Amos.

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