Review: Mike Doyle, Swansea Grand Theatre
Swansea Grand Theatre
Monday, January 21, 2013
MIKE Doyle had some famous friends in attendance to catch his Swansea Grand swansong before he returns to warmer climes entertaining on cruise ships.
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And they were treated to a wonderful night of good-natured Welsh comedy and timeless music as the Carmarthenshire funnyman, having just finished an extensive run as an ugly sister in this year's panto, wowed a packed theatre with a one-off solo gig full of flair and pizzazz.
The show itself took on the form of a traditional variety show, with banter and entertainment from Mike and his band combined with guest appearances from promising sister act LaSe and a reunion with Cinderella title star Gemma James.
With a performance to rival Max Boyce in its unashamed Welshness, Mike could do no wrong as he gurned and twitched his way through a range of ultra-local jokes, from hilarious over-the-top Llanelli accents to the miserliness of West Walian farmers.
In the crowd, panto Fairy Godmother Di Botcher cheered on from the upper tier. West End star Mike Sterling voiced his support. Even Mike's own mother was in attendance.
But local singing sensation Jimi Webb was to go one step further. Having being spotted by Mike in the audience, he was dragged, after a little coaxing, onstage to perform an impromptu rendition of the Sinatra classic Under My Skin, in what was one of the highlights of the evening.
Mike, with a little help from everyone in the venue, wrapped up a triumphant evening's entertainment with a huge sing-a-long that should tide his fans over until he returns from his voyages.
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