'Godfather of character comedy' at Warwick Arts Centre

Radio Four star and 'godfather of character comedy' John Shuttleworth plays the Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday.

New show Fawn Again finds the versatile singer/organist (Graham Fellows), blissfully unaware of his 'Sheffield's funniest man' tag, feeling his age and ditching cappuccino for a less flamboyant mug of Mellow Birds.

Children Darren and Karen have left home, wife Mary is soon to retire from her job as a school dinnerlady and John is considering switching 'TV's Clarinet Man' Ken Worthington for a younger agent.

It's time to stop the carousel of live entertainment, to stop building bridges and start building fences, although whether they should be featheredged or shiplap remains in the balance, but John is determined to plough on regardless.

He said: "As I'm getting on a bit I might be forced to do a Val Doonican and perform in an armchair. And I might get heartburn and have to take a Rennie, but these are my finest songs to date."

After all, how can John and his trusty Yamaha organ retire without finally getting a hit record, especially with new offerings like God's Wating Room in the set.

The star of The Shuttleworths, Radio Shuttleworth and 500 Bus Stops will also preview feature film It's Nice Up North, shot in the Shetland Islands with international stills photographer Martin Parr.

Other Fellows characters including Brian Appleton and Goole concreter and aspiring after-dinner speaker Dave Tordoff are also expected to turn up in support.

The Warwick Arts Centre gig starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are 14 and 12, available from the box office on 02476 524524.