Peter Kay is rumoured to be setting dates for his ‘comeback tour’ in 2023

The legendary Bolton-born comedian has largely remained out of the spotlight after cancelling his last tour due to "unforeseen family circumstances" in 2017.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th May 2022

Peter Kay could finally be making his long-awaited return, as new report are suggesting he is preparing for a huge “comeback tour” in 2023.

After the legendary Bolton-born comedian and actor 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 has 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.

Kay knew the Nuttall family, and had “called up out of the blue” to ask how he could help.

In recent months, Kay has also taken to the stage for his hugely-successful ‘Dance For Life’ tour – which raises money for Cancer Research UK – and still has a few shows left to perform.


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But now, the 48-year-old star of Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, and Peter Kay’s Car Share, is actually said to be planning to perform at arenas right across the UK next year, and is apparently raring to get back to entertaining crowds.

Peter Kay could finally be making his long-awaited return with a huge “comeback tour” in 2023 / Credit: BBC

If all the rumours are true, it would be his first tour since 2011.

A source close to Kay told The Sun: “Peter has not performed a live stand-up set on a big stage in well over a decade now, but he could not be more ready to get back out there.

“He has lined up huge venues across the country including in Manchester, London and Birmingham.”


The source also said Kay was hoping to announce the tour in September.

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The rumours of a comeback tour announcement come after Kay told fans he was doing “great” last month as he made another rare public appearance at The Anderton Centre in Chorley last to cut the ribbon for the opening of a wheelchair-accessible powerboat – which allows disabled people to enjoy activities on the water.

Featured Image – Peter Kay (via YouTube)