After Peter Kay’s quiet exit from the limelight back in 2017, the Bolton funnyman is set to return to the stage with the announcement of a stand-up tour, with two shows set to take place in Manchester. The comedian known for both his stand-up comedy and TV programme Peter Kay’s Car Share, which he wrote and starred in, will be returning to the stage this winter for a nation-wide tour spanning through until August 2023.
During an ad break in the series launch of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Peter Kay was seen carrying a rolled-up carpet into a house while confirming to nearby fans he will return to stand-up comedy next month. The satirical video was also published on Peter Kay’s social media accounts announcing the news of the tour, which will kick off from December 2 at Manchester’s AO Arena.
The dates will mark Kay’s first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling stand-up tour of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people. The tour will see Peter Kay perform in major cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham. Plus Peter Kay has announced a monthly London residency at The O2 has been added to his national arena tour.
In a statement, the comic said: “It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now. And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35 – the same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.”
Although Peter Kay has kept a low profile over the years, he notably returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, a then 20-year-old with an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.
The two shows in Manchester will take place on December 2 & 3 at the AO Arena before heading to Birmingham on December 17 and to more cities in the UK and Ireland in the new year. Tickets for the stand-up tour will go on sale on Saturday 12th November from 10am on the Peter Kay website here.