Peter Kay to play two huge Manchester shows on first stand-up tour in 12 years

The beloved Bolton-born comedian is back.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 6th November 2022

Peter Kay has announced that he is to play two huge Manchester shows as he makes a return to live comedy on his first stand-up tour in 12 years.

This is not a drill.

It’s fair to say this has been a very long time coming, and it’s been heavily rumoured for many years on end now, but it’s finally a reality – Peter Kay is heading out on a stand-up tour of the UK for the first time in over a decade, and it’s happening much sooner than we were all probably expecting too.

Reports began circulating earlier this year that the legendary Bolton-born comedian and actor could finally be making his long-awaited return with a huge “comeback tour” in 2023, but it’s now been announced that the 49-year-old will be doing two massive shows at the AO Arena on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 December 2022.

He will then head on over to Birmingham for a huge show at the Birmingham Utilita Arena on Saturday 17 December 2022, before making his way across the rest of the UK and Ireland in 2023.


After Kay was forced to cancel his last stand-up arena tour – which had sold out across all 100 scheduled gigs – back in 2017 due to what were said to be “unforeseen family circumstances”, he has largely remained out of the spotlight since and has left many fans questioning when he would be stepping on the stage again.

He had made a few notable stage appearances in recent years, including two Q&A sessions for the Doing it for Laura charity back in August – which were fundraisers organised for University of Manchester student Laura Nuttall, who was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme in October 2018.


In recent months, Kay had also taken to the stage for his hugely-successful ‘Dance For Life’ tour – which raises money for Cancer Research UK.

But now, the star of Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, and Peter Kay’s Car Share is officially back doing what he does best, and heading out on tour and gearing up to entertain over 1.2 million people.

Peter Kay Live 2022/23 Tour Dates / Credit: Supplied

Kay’s 2010 tour still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time.


“It’s good to get back to what I love doing best,” Kay said ahead of his return.

“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, which is the same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.”

Tickets for Peter Kay’s nationwide tour start from £35, and will officially go on sale on Saturday 12 November at 10am.

You can get them from See Tickets here.

Peter Kay Live 2022/23 Tour Dates

Friday 2 December 2022            Manchester AO Arena
Saturday 3 December 2022        Manchester AO Arena
Saturday 17 December 2022       Birmingham Utilita Arena


Friday 6 January 2023                Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Saturday 7 January 2023             Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Friday 20 January 2023               Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday 17 February 2023             Sheffield Utilita Arena
Thursday 23 February 2023       Belfast SSE Arena
Friday 24 February 2023             Belfast SSE Arena
Thursday 9 March 2023              Newcastle Utilita Arena
Friday 10 March 2023                  Newcastle Utilita Arena
Thursday 23 March 2023            Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Thursday 6 April 2023                 Dublin 3Arena
Friday 7 April 2023                     Dublin 3Arena
Friday 05 May 2023                     Glasgow OVO Hydro
Saturday 06 May 2023                Glasgow OVO Hydro
Friday 19 May 2023                      Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday 16 June 2023                    Cardiff International Arena
Saturday 17 June 2023               Cardiff International Arena
Friday 14 July 2023                      Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 15 July 2023                 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Friday 11 August 2023                 Sheffield Utilita Arena

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