For a man who is arguably the most famous comedian in the UK, Peter Kay sure is good at keeping a secret.
There’s been a total blanket ban on content from his shows at the AO Arena (and he’s doing more than 40…), with nothing much in the way of spoilers.
The beloved star’s latest treat that he kept almost entirely under wraps was three stand-up gigs in his hometown.
The chance to see Bolton-born Peter Kay in such an intimate setting is pretty remarkable after his huge achievement selling out arenas across the country.
It was the first time he’s performed in Bolton for more than 20 years, and was all to raise funds for the Octagon theatre.
The chance to grab tickets was only even offered to a select few people, with priority access given to Octagon members and patrons of the theatre. Then whatever was left were offered to those signed up to the theatre’s mailing list, selling out in seconds.
Peter Kay performed brand new material and celebrated the best of Bolton to an intimate audience at the theatre where he used to work on the box office.
The series of performances, sponsored by Carrs Pasties (how very Bolton) raised more than £80,000 for the Octagon, which is a registered charity.
One fan who was there said: “Peter Kay was wonderful. An incredible experience to see such an outstanding warmly funny comedian in such an intimate setting. So proud of the Octagon and what it does for the community of Bolton, both on and off stage.”
Another said: “He was absolutely fantastic, we were so lucky and pleased to be able to watch him yesterday! He’s made December special for many there’s no doubt. Thank you octagon for putting on such a great show.”
Chief Executive at the Octagon, Roddy Gauld, commented: “We had an incredible day on Sunday with three shows by Peter Kay.
“Over one thousand people got the chance to be part of a hilarious, exclusive, and up-close performance with one of Britain’s best loved comedians, here in his hometown. It was a unique experience that Octagon donors and returning customers were able to book.
“We’re a charity and rely upon fundraising. Every pound allows us to create more magical, creative experiences on and off stage for young people and communities in Bolton and beyond.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Peter for his support and to Carrs Pasties, who sponsored the shows. We raised a total of £80k and a big thank you to everyone who came, donated, and joined a memorable event that people will be talking about for years.
“Peter was a member of our Youth Theatre before working in our box office, and his talent and passion for comedy was clear then. So, you never know who you’ll meet when you book a ticket or see a show here!”
You can sign up to the Octagon’s mailing list to be the first to find out about events like this in the future here.
Disney’s ‘The Sound of Magic’ concert is coming to Manchester on its first-ever UK tour
Disney’s smash-hit ‘The Sound of Magic’ live concert is heading out on its first-ever tour of the UK this summer.
And, of course, it’ll be stopping off in our city to enchant Manchester audiences.
Following on from its hugely-successful UK debut at the London Coliseum last year, where it garnered countless five-star reviews, and both acclaim and praise from critics and fans, Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic is hitting the road in a few months time, and will be taking to the stage at several major cities all across the country – including here in Manchester.
If you’re unfamiliar with what the beloved show is all about, Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic is a musical celebration of over 100 years of the Disney experience.
The symphonic celebration will see the renowned Novello Orchestra bring to life the soundtracks and characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios in the concert hall and on the big screen in a live-to-film concert “like never before”.
Suitable for all ages to attend and experience the magic, the show will be making its way across the UK this June and will be stopping off at cities such as London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Nottingham, and Bath, as well as fellow North West city Liverpool along the way.
But what better way to kick things off than here in Manchester?
Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic 2024 Tour Dates
Tuesday 4 June – Manchester (Bridgewater Hall)
Wednesday 5 June – Bath
Thursday 6 June – Nottingham
Saturday 8 June – Edinburgh
Sunday 9 June – Glasgow
Monday 10 June – Liverpool
Tuesday 11 June – Birmingham
Thursday 13 June – London
Starting out its first-ever UK tour in our city, Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic will be live at the iconic Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre on Tuesday 4 June 2024 – with the show starting at 7pm, and running for 100-minutes with a 20-minute interval.
This newly-imagined concert is said to take audiences “on a magic carpet ride through the most memorable song, score, and movie moments” of the Walt Disney Company’s extensive back catalogue – including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, and more.
Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, Beauty and the Beast, are just some of the cult-classics being celebrated.
Legendary musical Chicago is coming back to Manchester later this year
One of the greatest musicals of all time is returning to Manchester later this as part of its UK tour, and tickets are now on sale.
That’s right – Chicago is back, and we already can’t wait.
Known, loved, and celebrated by millions worldwide, and having scooped up countless awards along the way since first hitting the Broadway stage all the way back in 1975, followed by the West End in 1979, and then its first UK tour back in 2021, it’s been announced this week that Chicago is back to entertain the masses.
The multi award-winning musical production is heading out on a tour of the UK in 2024 and 2025 – and, of course, it will be paying us a visit here in Manchester later this year.
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CHICAGO, the "sexiest musical ever" (Metro), is back on Tour in 2024 and coming to the Palace Theatre this November!
The show’s talented cast and crew will be pulling into our city for one week only in early November.
The beloved production’s tour of the UK kicks off in Milton Keynes on 12 October, and will stop off at other major cites such as Newcastle, Bradford, and Southampton, before arriving in Manchester and taking to the stage at our city’s iconic Palace Theatre from Monday 4 – Saturday 9 November 2024.
Further tour dates are a set to be announced in the coming weeks, and the cast for the show is to be named in due course too.
Legendary musical Chicago is coming back to Manchester later this year / Credit: Tristram Kenton (via Supplied)
Unfamiliar with Chicago?
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, the musical tells the story of housewife and nightclub dancer, Roxie Hart, who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.
As she’s so desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.
It’ll be taking to the stage at the city’s iconic Palace Theatre this November / Credit: Tristram Kenton (via Supplied)
The show was created by musical theatre legends John Kander and Fred Ebb, alongside iconic choreographer Bob Fosse, and includes a score of famous songs including ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’, and ‘All That Jazz’.
It’s now the longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history, and has played in a whopping 38 countries worldwide to an estimated 34 million people.
Chicago the Musical will be at Manchester Palace Theatre from Monday 4 – Saturday 9 November 2024, and tickets are now on sale from just £15.