John Shuttleworth will perform at the Riverhead Theatre next month to raise much-needed funds for the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home.
Versatile singer/organist John Shuttleworth is the long-running cult comedy creation of Graham Fellows, and he will be bringing the final date of his nationwide tour, ‘A Wee Ken To Remember’, to the Riverhead Theatre on Saturday March 28.
All profits from the show will go to the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home in North Somercotes which, as reported last autumn, is currently facing a real struggle due to spiralling running costs.
Sue Rice, manager at the Ark, said: “I’m amazed. We are really happy that a local celebrity is supporting us, and we are planning to go along.”
Graham, who has lived in Louth since 1993, last performed here as John Shuttleworth last June, where he was the compère for a comedy show headlined by Tom Allen at the Zero Degrees Festival.
Graham said: “I have been playing at the Riverhead Theatre every tour since the theatre opened in 1995 when, I am proud to say, John Shuttleworth cut the ribbon.
“It feels really good to be performing again in Louth.
“The Riverhead is a great theatre, and, although largely staffed by amateurs, it’s as well-run as many professional theatres I work in up and down the country.”
Graham continued: ”I always try to support a local charity when I perform in Louth.
“The last show I did two years ago was in aid of Froglife, a Peterborough-based charity, and in the past all profits have gone to various local hospital and hospice charities, and even a local skateboard charity, though sadly some of the funds disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
“I was made aware last year in a Leader article about the financial plight of the Ark, and decided to help.
“The Ark in Donna Nook has for years done a fantastic job housing and attempting to rehouse rescue dogs and cats, horses, etc. They need more support and all the publicity they can get, so I hope that comedy and animal lovers alike will support this show.”
• Visit www.louthplaygoers.com to buy tickets (£15) or call the Box Office on 01507 600350.