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Codename Rattlesnake audiobook is now available

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Count Arthur Strong has at last found some time in his busy schedule to record himself reading his new Spy novella, Operation Rattlesnake, aloud.

The result is a new audiobook available now from the store. Click here to order you copy before he writes another one.

A thrilling race against time as New Scotland Yard’s inspector Marsden pits his wits against an old foe.

Wrestling with his inner demons, New Scotland Yard’s top police inspector, Inspector Marsden has to somehow put the past behind him and solve what could just be the case of his career.

The first in what may become a series of novellas from the pen of renowned criminologist Count Arthur Strong.

2x CDs. Running time 118 minutes.

Count Arthur wins Best Radio Sitcom Award 2019

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Count Arthur has won Best Radio Sitcom in the British Comedy Guide’s 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!”

Leicester venue has been changed.

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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.

More Radio Show Specials for 2019. Ticket information.

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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.

For more information about The Dancehouse please click here or go to

This recording is happening the day after the “Is There Anybody Out There” live show at the Lowry in Salford, a mere stone’s throw away. Why not make a long weekend of it and come and see both shows?

Tickets are £3 + VAT each and will be available from 9AM on Wednesday 9th October by clicking here or going to

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.

Tour news. Arthur to play Stratford, Hawick cancelled and Cardiff added.

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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.

Tickets for both shows are now available from


Preston show moved to Chorley

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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

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.

Tickets for the Chorley show are now available and can be purchased at

Better be quick since the venue is, as it says on the tin, little.

2020 Extended Tour Dates Announced

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Due to immense demand, the “Is There Anybody Out There” tour has now been extended into 2020.

Tickets will be on sale from Friday 26th April. Go to…/count-arthur-strong-tickets to see the full list of dates.

The Count will additionally be visiting:

  • 05/02/20 Telford
  • 06/02/20 Doncaster
  • 08/02/20 Bromsgrove
  • 09/02/20 Liverpool
  • 12/02/20 Middlesbrough
  • 13/02/20 Kettering
  • 14/02/20 Tunbridge Wells
  • 15/02/20 Isle of Wight
  • 16/02/20 Southampton
  • 19/02/20 Peterborough
  • 20/02/20 Leicester
  • 21/02/20 Reading
  • 22/02/20 Tewkesbury
  • 23/02/20 Brighton
  • 27/02/20 Abroath
  • 28/02/20 Workington
  • 29/02/20 Bridlington
  • 04/03/20 Shrewsbury
  • 05/03/20 Swansea
  • 06/03/20 Dorking
  • 07/03/20 Blackpool
  • 08/03/20 St Albans

We are still trying to find a way over to Ireland that makes some kind of financial sense… we will let you know if we can make it happen.

Sheffield show date and venue changed.

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Due to huge demand (and a few technical issues) we have decided to move the Sheffield show so that everyone can come and see it properly. Please note that the date AND the venue have changed.
The new date is Tues 17 Sep (which will make it the first date on the tour) and we will be playing the gorgeous Lyceum Theatre (Sheffield… obviously).
The venue has emailed all the existing ticket holders with links and details of what they must do (It will involve being refunded for your existing tickets and buying new ones). Please act quickly to make sure you get the good seats. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but promise that your experience will be all the better for it.You get to see the world premiere apart from anything else…
For anyone who hasn’t bought tickets yet, you can go to

Christmas Shows Win Best Radio Sitcom 2018

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It has been announced that the Christmas episode of Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! has won the Best Radio Sitcom 2018 category in the awards. This is the second time the show has won the award which is decided purely by a public vote.

Count Arthur Strong says: “I am literally highly delighted on behalf of all involved to accept this prestigious award for Best Radio Sitcom, for the SECOND TIME (please note BBBC). When I was evacuated to Doncaster as a small boy during the war, I never thought for one minute that this accolade would be happening to me today. How could I? I’m not sodding Nostrodamus. Bless all who voted for me. This is how you do a flipping referendum. Looking forward to receiving the cheque. End of this message.”…/5191/comedy_awards_2018_winners/

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Is There Anybody Out There? 2019 Tour Dates Announced

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Count Arthur Strong will be touring in 2019 with “Is There Anybody Out There?”.

Click here to see where he is playing and grab a seat.

(Please note that you can always buy your tickets direct from the theatre but some may not have them on sale until much later.)

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 fact it’s said the first word he spoke was ‘Uranus’. In this, his brand new 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.

Arthur says: “Do not miss this not to be missed type of thing! If I wasn’t in the show I’d definitely be in the audience watching myself intently. Laughing and learning in equal measure. Thoroughly happy to pay the admission fee and definitely not asking for a refund. Also not rustling sweet wrappers and fiddling with my sodding telephone with a gormless expression on my face. See you there!”