Thursday 29 Mar, 2012
IT'S KNUTTY AND SMITHY AT THE LAMPROOMBobby Knutt is well-known to Barnsley audiences, having been 'The Prince of Panto' locally on thirty two occasions! He is joined on stage by 'The Rumpole of Rotherham', Stephen D Smith in what promises to be a memorable evening.
Bobby learned his trade on the anvil of the Northern Clubs and won ‘Comedian of the Year’ award for six years in succession from 1972 to 1978. He toured in concert with all the big names including Tom Jones, Jack Jones, Tony Bennett and Engelbert Humperdinck. His firs television appearance was on ‘The Comedians’ in 1973 after which he did all the regular big TV spots like ‘Celebrity Squares’, ‘Blankety Blank’, ‘Seaside Special’ and ‘Live at Her Majesty’s’. In 1978 he had his own BBC North chat show called ‘It’s a Knutthouse’. His first acting role was in the award winning Ken Loach BBC Drama ‘The Price of Coal’, in which he played the lead and added a new string to his bow on both the theatre, stage and television. His roles are too many to list, but include a lead guest appearance in the 1983 Christmas ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and three appearances in ‘Heartbeat’. He is best remembered for his two years in ‘Coronation Street’ as Ron Sykes and his three years in Emmerdale as the loveable old rogue Albert Dingle.
‘Knutty’ is known as the voice of the little gaffer on the Tetley Tea adverts and now works regularly on cruise ships, spreading the Yorkshire gospel to the uninitiated. He is proud that he never does a blue gag and can keep a full house laughing for three one-hour shows without a single swearword! He still lives in his native South Yorkshire with his lovely wife, ex-Olympic sprinter Donna Hartley and says he is having far too much fun to ever think of retiring, so hopefully we can look forward to many more years of the man affectionately known as ‘Knutty’.
Bobby Knutt and Stephen D Smith are appearing on a double bill at The Lamproom on Thursday 5 April at 7.30 p.m.
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