Count Arthur returns in his annual festive outing, airing on Radio 4 on Christmas Eve, 11:30 to noon. How long will Arthur last in the role of Father Christmas this year? His annual attempt to spread festive cheer in a department store falls short – but will he be a great redeemer in the Christmas Special of the much-loved family sitcom?
Count Arthur Strong is ably assisted by his radio repertory company – Alastair Kerr, Mel Giedroyc and Terry Kilkelly, with Paul Putner being invited into the cast to fill the roles of the late Dave Mounfield. Dorothy Daws and Alfie Delaney also feature in the show. The Komedia Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4 and was recorded in front of a live audience at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre.
Count Arthur Strong first became a feature on BBC Radio 4 in 2005 and, since then, has notched up eight series and nine specials, while winning the Sony Award for Best Comedy in 2009 and the British Comedy Guide Best Radio Sitcom in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The critically acclaimed show also featured in the Radio Times’ Top 20 radio comedies of all time in 2020.
Steve Delaney has been performing as Count Arthur Strong since the late 90s. The character has become an Edinburgh Festival Fringe institution with his famed lecture talks gaining both a cult following and huge critical acclaim. In 2004 Count Arthur Strong became a regular star guest on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe Show, this led to his own sitcom on BBC Radio 4. In 2013 the character stepped onto TV, with Count Arthur Strong, broadcast on BBC Two. A further two series were produced in 2015 and 2017 airing on BBC One. The TV series was nominated for two BAFTAs for Best Sitcom and three British Comedy Awards. Count Arthur Strong was also voted the 3rd Most Missed TV Show of the 21st Century in the Radio Times and currently airs on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
10/03/2022 Margate Theatre Royal
10/04/2022 London Leicester Square Theatre (show 2)
04/05/2022 Liverpool Playhouse
05/05/2022 Norwich Playhouse
06/05/2022 Norwich Playhouse
07/05/2022 Malvern Forum Theatre
08/05/2022 Cardiff New Theatre
12/05/2022 Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
13/05/2022 Nr.Wrexham STIWT Theatre
14/05/2022 Southport Atkinson
20/05/2022 Ayr Gaiety
21/05/2022 Dundee Whitehall
22/05/2022 Aberdeen Tivoli
26/05/2022 Buxton Opera House
27/05/2022 Stockport Plaza
28/05/2022 Doncaster Cast
29/05/2022 Blackpool Grand
01/06/2022 Nottingham Playhouse
03/06/2022 York Barbican
Count Arthur Strong presents himself in….. ‘And This Is Me!’ A twentieth anniversary tour!
After many years of giving his wonderful lecture talks of his he does, Count Arthur Strong has at last bowed to substantial pubic demand and allowed himself be talked into making the show about himself for once. And that had never occurred to him before because of him being highly magnanimous.
From his breakthrough Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Forgotten Egypt’ in 2002 to talking about himself in 2022, Arthur has two decades of memories from his ten national tours,15 years of his multi Award winning radio show and three series of his BAFTA nominated TV sitcom.
“Pure genius and pure tribute to the golden age of vaudeville”
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“At every turn, his performance gives us something to marvel at”
Brian Logan, The Guardian
Out now, for Christmas! Count Arthur Strong’s smash hit 2019/20 live tour show. ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ – On DVD! The show, which toured the UK in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, ending two weeks before lockdown, was rated by many as Arthur on his very best form.
“One of his funniest yet…. will have you laughing like a drain” Steve Bennet, Chortle
As well as being the all round entertainer we all know and love from the telly, Count Arthur Strong is also a lifelong fan of astronomy, since having been given a microscope, or whatever it is they use, for Christmas when he was a small precocious baby. In this show, he seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently find, in the world, possibly? as he wrestles with some of the big questions that other all round entertainers shy away from. Such as:
Are we alone in the universe?
Is there life on Mars bars?
2lbs of potatoes.
Packet of ginger nuts.
Don’t lose this shopping list
“Great wads of laughter….Delaney’s performance gives us something to marvel at” Brian Logan, The Guardian
Count Arthur has won Best Radio Sitcom in the British Comedy Guide’s Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019 for a record third year (and the second year running).
Thank you so much to EVERYONE who voted through the whole tortuous process.
This just in from The Count himself. “I am highly delighted to have won this award again, again. It’s not every day you win something for an unprecedented three times. I will be celebrating tonight down The Shoulder of Mutton. The drinks are on me!… No they’re not. It’s just a saying! If anything you should be buying me a drink!”
The show in Leicester is moving venues. We have decided to move the performance to De Montfort Hall. If you wish to still attend the performance scheduled for Thursday 20 February 2020, your tickets will still be valid and can be transferred. Please contact the De Montfort Hall box office on 0116 233 3111. Please ensure you have your order number at hand to transfer your tickets successfully.
Alternatively, if you wish to obtain a full refund for the tickets you purchased for the Curve date then please contact our Box Office on 0116 242 3595.
Once again, please accept our sincere apologies for the changes that have been made to your booking.
Count Arthur Strong will be recording two more episodes of his radio sitcom very soon.
Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! first aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2005 and ran for seven series until 2012 when the former variety star transferred to BBC TV in his eponymous sitcom which was nominated for a BAFTA and was voted 4th best sitcom of the 21st Century in the Radio Times. In 2019 the show was voted 3rd Most Missed TV Show Of The 21st Century in the Radio Times poll (and many thanks to all of you who voted).
In recent years Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show has continued with seasonal specials, many of which have been broadcast on Christmas Day. Having won the Sony Award for Best Radio comedy in 2009, the series was twice voted the Best Radio Sitcom by The British Comedy Guide and named one of the 20 funniest radio comedies of all time in The Telegraph.
This year we are recording two episodes of Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show!, one of which will be a BBC Radio 4 Christmas Special for this year. We will be recording these on Monday 28th October 2019 at The Dancehouse in Manchester. It’s going to be a great night with all the radio show regulars. We will start at 7:15PM.
Please note that you will not be able to get tickets direct from the venue box office or from any other online ticketing site. Last year they sold out in a matter of seconds so don’t leave it too late. Good luck and hope to see you there.
The important news announcements…
Firstly, due to unforseen circumstances beyond our control we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the show in Hawick. We are very sorry to have to do this. Ticketholders can get a refund from their point of sale.
There are two new dates announced now for the tour next year which will include a show on the hallowed RSC stage in Starford-Upon-Avon as well as the lovely Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! PRESTON SHOW HAS MOVED TO CHORLEY!
Sadly the news does not look good for the future of the Preston Charter Theatre. The venue closed in May with many touring shows remaining unpaid and it is still awaiting its fate. The council has announced this month that it is looking for a new operator but that will be too late for us to be able to bring the show to this theatre. We are very sorry not to be playing here but there are no other venues that can accommodate us during the touring period in the city.
However… those wonderful people at The Little Theatre in Chorley has come to the rescue! They have managed to squeeze us in at short notice on the same day (15th November) and it is a lovely space not too far away… albeit rather smaller than the Charter Theatre, Ticketholders will need to get a refund on their existing tickets and buy new ones at The Little Theatre.
Live Nation (our agents for the tour) are busy contacting anyone who bought tickets for the Preston show to let them know. However anyone buying in person at the venue with cash will not have left any details so we don’t know who they are. If you know someone who did this, please ask them to contact us at https://www.komediaentertainment.com/contact-2/
Obviously the venue is in no position to give any refunds. However if you bought tickets by credit card you will be able to claim that money back from the card issuer. Similarly, all tickets bought via the Ticketmaster website will be refunded. If you bought by cash then no refund will be available to you from the theatre but we will try to help you if we can to get tickets for the Chorley show. Contact us here.
Alone, solo and by himself, with no one with him, the show business Colossasus (check that) takes us back on a journey through his early career. Using the latest technology and all that (I presume we’ve got a projector?) he will be delving into his own personal box of video cassettes and talking us (you) through the highlights of his glittering tv career, with many of his trademark stories we’ve come to love him for. If you only buy one ticket for something this year make sure it’s this and bring someone with you. You won’t be disappointed by him (me).
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