Des heads to resort for 50s music night

Des Coleman as Sammy Davis jnr in the Rat Pack, which is coming to Lytham
Des Coleman as Sammy Davis jnr in the Rat Pack, which is coming to Lytham
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Des Coleman, a man familiar with TV viewers throughout the country, is heading to the resort for a night of 50s music ... and a visit to old haunts.

Coleman, who was Lenny in Eastenders for four years and is now a regular on The One Show and This Morning, is playing Sammy Davis jnr in the show The Rat Pack, which arrives at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion on Saturday.

Being in the area is always a pleasure for the 48-year-old, who used to regularly come away for weekends to the town with other members of the Eastenders cast.

“We always had such great times in Lytham,” said Coleman. “The people are fantastic and never forget you. I actually used to bring some of the Eastenders cast to Lytham St Annes for weekends away, just to get a break from the pressures of filming, and we always had so much fun.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been back and I’m really looking forward to it. I have told the Rat Pack guys that after the show, I will take them to a couple of the bars that I used to visit back then.”

The show, devised by David Alacey, is Britain’s longest running tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Davis jnr. It has been performed at a Royal Command Performance, Leicester Square theatre in London’s West End and recently the o2 in London.

Saturday is the only chance to catch the show in the north west this summer after planned performances at the North Pier had to be cancelled.

“We were contracted to the filming of a documentary series and unfortunately filming dates clashed with the Blackpool shows,” said Alacey, who plays Sinatra in the show.

“The great news for us and fans of the show in the area is that we are still able to appear at the Lowther Pavilion. It should be a special evening.”

For those too young to remember, the Rat Pack trio ruled the entertainment world with hit records and classic movies such as Oceans Eleven and Robin and The Seven Hoods.

They were also part of a unique period in entertainment history, when the top stars enjoyed the company of influential friends such as JFK, Martin Luther King and even Mafia don – Sam Giancana.

However working with a live audience was what they enjoyed doing most of all and it was in a concert environment that they really established their place in history.

The Rat Pack show includes all of the hit songs, such as Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, The Lady Is A Tramp, My Way, Mr Bojangles and, of course, New York New York.

It will also feature special guest Kenny Lynch (swinging into his hits including Up on the roof and Stand by Me) and BBC Musical Director Don Hunt at the piano, not to mention the rather glamorous LA Showgirls.

lTickets for Saturday’s show in Lytham are priced £18.50 (£17 concessions) are available from or by calling the box office on 01253 794221.