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Keith Lemon comic Leigh Francis is going on tour for the first time – how to get tickets

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Sophie Smith Sophie Smith - 22nd June 2023

Comedian Leigh Francis, the creator of characters including Keith Lemon and Avid Merrion, is heading on his first-ever live tour.

Leigh Francis: My First Time will be coming to stages across the UK next year, including a night at The Lowry in Salford.

The 18 date tour will see plenty of familiar characters brought to life from over the years, including Keith Lemon, Bear and Avid Merrion to ‘David Dickinson’, ‘Ant and Dec’ and Myrtle.

Naturally, Francis will be finishing the show where it all began, in his home city of Leeds, The Hoot reports.

The BAFTA award-winning comedian says: “Hey, really exciting news! Well exciting for me! I hope it’s exciting for you! Or at least provokes some sort of interest! I mean, just look how many exclamation marks there is in this quote! It’s definitely news with exciting intent! 


“So what is this exciting news? I’m doing my first ever tour! Never done one before. It’s gonna have masks in it! The Bear, Avid Merrion, Amanda Holden’s Gran, not her actual gran but me playing her. I’ll also be playing Keith Lemon, I look just like him!

“It’s me doing all the characters I do that hopefully have the intent to provoke hilarity! So many exclamation marks, and the word ‘intent’ and ‘provoke’ twice! I’m excited!


“Come see ME being other people LIVE for the first time! It’ll be your first time and my first time! Hence the title of the tour MY FIRST TIME! (There’s another exclamation mark) how exciting!”

Leigh Francis 2024 tour dates

  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 – Forum, Bath
  • Thursday 7 March 2024 – G Live, Guildford
  • Friday 8 March 2024 – Pavilion Theatre, Bouremouth
  • Saturday 9 March 2024 – Palladium, London
  • Thursday 14 March 2024 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • Friday 15 March 2024 – City Hall, Sheffield
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 – Victoria Theatre, Halifax
  • Sunday 17 March 2024 – Lowry, Salford
  • Wednesday 20 March 2024 – Barbican, York
  • Thursday 21 March 2024 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Friday 22 March 2024 – City Hall, Hull
  • Saturday 23 March 2024 – St George’s Hall, Bradford
  • Sunday 24 March 2024 – Opera House, Buxton
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
  • Satuday 30 March 2024 – Philharmonic, Liverpool
  • Sunday 31 March 2024 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
  • Saturday 6 April 2023 – Grand Theatre, Leeds
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Tickets for Leigh Francis will go on sale on Friday 23 June 2023 on Ticketmaster and Gigs and Tours.

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