COMEDY fans could have been forgiven for thinking Lee Evans’ Stafford date was an April Fool – but it will be for real in May.
The modern-day Norman Wisdom is well-used to performing for crowds of thousands, including sell-out nights at Wembley Arena and sell-out runs at other top London venues.
But on May 10 he will be bringing his zany physical comedy and charm to Stafford’s Gatehouse’s theatre – humble by size compared to the likes of Wembley but with a formidable reputation for staging the country’s top comics.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday – April Fool’s Day – and are limited to just four per buyer because of expected strong demand. When Evans did a warm-up show in the county town in 2011 it sold out in one day.
The May date is an opportunity for Evans to try out new material for his forthcoming Monsters Arena Tour.
The former boxer’s big break came in 1993, when he won the prestigious Perrier Award for best comedy show at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival, following in the footsteps of fellow comedy legends Steve Coogan and Frank Skinner.
The same year he fulfilled a life-long ambition by performing two sell-out nights at the London Palladium.
Over the following two decades he has set and broken a host of comedy records, from being the first solo comedian to perform at Wembley Arena to playing the UK’s biggest ever solo live comedy gig in 2008 – which broke his previous record set in 2005.
He has also made the transition from stage to silver screen on several occasions, starring in movies including Mousehunt, There’s Something About Mary and The Fifth Element.
Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Tuesday and cost £25 each. As the show is an opportunity for Evans to try out new material audiences are advised he will be referring to notes.
To book tickets, or for more information, call the box office on 01785 254653 or visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.