Date: Sunday 9th February 2014
The Sunday for Sammy concerts began in 2000 and were originally staged as a ‘one-off’ performance to celebrate the life and work of Sammy Johnson, the popular Tyneside actor who died suddenly in 1998. His friends and colleagues, Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail, decided to invite Sammy’s friends to take part in a memorial concert at Newcastle City Hall. They planned to use the funds raised to support young performers from the region who needed financial assistance. The concert was a resounding success and it was decided to repeat the show every two years afterwards. Since then the public have taken Sunday for Sammy to their hearts and it has become ‘the hottest ticket in town’, despite the fact that the artistes appearing are never publicised in advance.
One thing is certain however, the show will feature the cream of Geordie stars of stage, screen and music plus lots of surprises. One regular feature is the now-traditional Auf Wiedersehen Pet sketch, written by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais which in the past has taken our heroes to the Middle East, Roman Britain, Sherwood Forest and Camelot. At various times the sketch has featured all of the original stars plus special guests who last year were Donna Air and ‘Emmerdale’s’ Chris Chittell.
As ever the show will be compered by Benidorm star and Chairman of the Sunday for Sammy Trust Tim Healy, who commented. “It’s hard to believe that next February we will have been presenting Sunday for Sammy for fourteen years, we had no idea when we began that the public would embrace the show with such enthusiasm. I can’t wait to get started again.”
Past participants in the show include Loose Women star Denise Welch, actresses Charlie Hardwick and Angie Lonsdale, actors Kevin Whately, Jimmy Nail, Christopher Fairbank and Timothy Spall, who all co-starred with Tim Healy in hit TV drama Auf Wiedersehen Pet. North Eastern music personalities who have performed in the past include Mark Knopfler, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, John Miles and Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell, Ray Laidlaw and Ray Jackson. Local comedy has been represented by Brendan Healy and Gavin Webster.
Another highlight of the show is the inclusion of some of the young people who have received financial assistance from the Trust in the past, many of whom have now gone on to great success. One in particular being Emily Hoile who is currently in her final year at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York.
Grants are awarded by the Sunday for Sammy Trust twice a year and since 2000 there have been more than 180 recipients and almost £500,000 has been raised via the concerts and DVD sales to support talented young North East performers.
Award-winning director Geoff Wonfor whose skills have turned Sunday for Sammy into a DVD ‘must-have’ is looking forward to February. ‘There’s no show like it anywhere. The actors and musicians who perform at Sunday for Sammy provide a feast of talent and are a joy to work with. I’m excited already.’
Sunday for Sammy producer Ray Laidlaw said: “In addition to producing the show, I also administer the Sunday for Sammy Trust and it’s always a real thrill to watch someone who we’ve auditioned and funded join us at Newcastle City Hall and then proceed to knock the audience out.”
1.15pm Doors Open
2.00pm 1st set
3.50pm 2nd set
Please note all times are approximate and subject to change.Seating Plan
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