Having a ball with Rat Pack show

Jim Whitley with The Rat Pack EMN-140710-102427001
Jim Whitley with The Rat Pack EMN-140710-102427001

Former Manchester City footballer Jim Whitley is used to performing in front of cheering crowds, but these days his audiences are seated in the UK’s premier concert halls rather than in Premiership football stadiums.

Jim is now appearing in the hit stage show Rat Pack Live, appearing as Sammy Davis Jnr in the busy touring production alongside stars of West End Rat Pack shows Mark Halliday as Dean Martin and movie and TV star Richard Shelton as Frank Sinatra.

And the show comes to Lincoln’s Theatre Royal on Friday October 17.

Tickets cost £22.50 from the box office on 01522 519999 or visit www.lincolntheatreroyal.com

Jim’s blossoming career as a footballer – he was also an international, playing for Northern Ireland – was cut short through injury.

A choirboy and flutist from an early age, he then reverted to his musical roots to portray Nat King Cole in a touring stage show production.

His crooning career really took off when he took on the role of Sammy Davis Jnr.

He joined the UK tour of a major hit West End Rat Pack production playing Sammy and working with the full West End cast.

Today, his solo stage show is in great demand, taking him all over the world from Mumbai to Auckland, Bora Bora to Los Angeles and even to New York’s famous Rainbow Rooms, performing alongside Judy Carmichael.

Joining Jim on stage is Stephen Rashbrook as Frank Sinatra.

Stephen has played Ol’ Blue Eyes at the Strand, Savoy and Adelphi Theatres in the West End of London and on UK, European and US tours.

His stage career has seen him appear with the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Ben Kingsley and Daniel Day Lewis at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.

Stephen has also been blessed with many successful TV roles, including that of the Rev Tony Charlton in Emmerdale.

Completing the Rat Pack trio is Mark Halliday as Dean Martin.

The evening’s Dean, Mark Halliday, comes fresh from a triumphant portrayal of Dean Martin both in the West End of London and an international touring production of the show.

The talented performer also spent two years in the States creating the role of Hades in Disney’s new musical Hercules.

He also has lead appearances in runaway touring hit shows Girls Night Out and Aspects of Love under his belt.