Comedian Jim Davidson has been banned from returning to a Peterborough venue after allegedly being rude to audience members.
The Cresset, where Davidson performed on February 6, claimed he would not be welcome back for a number of reasons, but “mainly the fact he was rude to customers before and after the show” in the foyer.
Pam Banham, box office manager at the Cresset told the Peterborough Telegraph, the venue was used to “Jim and his tantrums”.
“Indeed I think this is my fourth time of hearing his tirade about the Cresset. What I can’t and won’t accept is his rudeness to our paying customers. I have had complaints about his behaviour, and as I was here on the night I can back them up,” she said, adding: “Obviously Jim doesn’t enjoy his time at the Cresset so, reluctantly, I feel it is better if he doesn’t put himself through the agony anymore.”
Davidson said he had experienced issues working at the venue.
“I went on stage and the sound system was appalling. By the time I came off at half-time I was in agony with my throat. I did two-and-a-quarter hours on stage. The audience were freezing cold and jammed in. I feel sorry for them,” he told the paper, adding: “It was obvious to me The Cresset did not care if I was there or not. I phoned my agent saying ‘I’m not going to the Cresset anymore’. He said ‘don’t worry about that, you’ve been banned’.”
He denied being rude to audience members and said he would return to Peterborough, but at a different venue.
Davidson has previously been accused of being rude to staff at a venue in Kent.