Entertainer takes his final bow at 83

11th March 2021

Entertainer Mike Wallis, who has done everything in showbiz from panto to conjuring, is putting away his greasepaint and props after 72 years treading the boards.

The veteran showman will be 83 when he takes to the stage at St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, on June 26th for his final performance – An Evening with Mike Wallis and Friends.

He started performing magic in working men’s clubs at the age of 11 and during his long career has acted in farces, been a Punch & Judy man, produced variety shows, played the pantomime villain and toured an illusion act. He will talk about his showbiz life in his final show, in which he is supported by Norfolk cabaret star Olly Day, ventriloquist Paul Henri and magicians Tracy Trickstar and Sam Christian. Surprise guests will also be waiting in the wings.

Mike, who lives in Great Yarmouth, said: “The show is about the magic of the theatre, and the magic of this theatre in particular. I’ve been performing here since the early 1980s and it holds a very special place in my heart. It seems like a very good place to take my final bow.”

Born in Lancashire and raised in Slough, he offers a self-deprecating view of his career. “I’ve done everything in show business that doesn’t require talent,” he said, although the length and variety of his theatrical calling suggests otherwise.

“The show has been postponed twice because of Coronavirus but I’m confident this will be third time lucky. I can’t thank my entertainer friends enough for their support and I can promise the audience a magical evening in an enchanting theatre,” he said. All proceeds from the show will go to the theatre.

Debbie Thompson, theatre director at St. George’s, said: “Mike Wallis is an absolute legend and I know that he and his friends his will put on thoroughly entertaining family show, with a strong emphasis on magic and comedy.

“The theatre will, of course, comply with whatever social distancing regulations are in place at the time, so we can guarantee and evening that’s not only huge fun but also safe for everyone.”