Fictional icon Alan Partridge is out on tour for the first time in over a decade, and is set to stop off in Newcastle.
Partridge, who has been played by comedian Steve Coogan for over 30 years, is bringing an all new stage show to venues across the country.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the shows in Newcastle, including how to get tickets.
When is Alan Partridge playing in Newcastle?
The media man from Norwich will be bringing his ‘Stratagem’ stage show to the Utilita Arena in Newcastle for not one, but two nights.
These shows are due to take place on 3 and 4 May 2022.
Where else is Alan Partridge performing?
The Newcastle shows are roughly half way into Patridge’s trek around the UK and Ireland, and Newcastle is the sixth city he is set to visit.
The tour kicks off in Belfast on 22 April and Alan will perform in 14 cities in just over a month.
The tour is due to end with three nights at The O2 Arena in London beginning on 31 May.
The full tour schedule is listed below.
- 22 April Belfast, SSE Arena
- 23/24 April Dublin, 3 Arena
- 26 April Edinburgh, Playhouse
- 28/29 April Birmingham, Utilita Arena
- 30 April Sheffield, Sheffield Arena
- 03/04 May Newcastle, Utilita Arena
- 5 May Hull, Bonus Arena
- 6/7 May Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
- 8/9 May Brighton Centre
- 11 May Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
- 13/14 May Manchester Arena
- 15 May Hull, Bonus Arena
- 17 May Blackpool, Grand Opera House
- 18 May Plymouth Pavilions
- 19/20/21 May Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
- 22 May Bournemouth, BIC
- 24/25 May Glasgow, SSE Arena
- 26 May Edinburgh, Playhouse
- 27 May Aberdeen, P&J Live
- 28/29 Leeds, First Direct Arena
- 31 May, 1 June and 3 June London, The O2
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for both nights in Newcastle are available through Ticketmaster.
Seats are available in various parts of the area, and prices start from £29.95 not including booking fees.
What can we expect from Alan Partridge on the tour?
Ahead of the tour, Steve Coogan gave some insight into what we can expect from ‘Stratagem’ and if we will see the old Alan Partridge up on the stage.
He said: “Alan will be trying to impart his accumulated wisdom and put it into some form that has cogency, so that he can ‘help’ other people.
“It’s an all-encompassing, almost cripplingly broad attempt to cover all potential personal problems that people might have in processing the modern world, so Alan helps people navigate the rocky waters of gender, equality, diversity, sexual identity.
He added: “Whatever the most precarious and dangerous landscapes that are out there, we’ll put Alan’s walking bits on and let him stomp all over them.”
Who is Alan Partridge?
Alan Partridge is a comedy character devised and portrayed by actor and comedian Steve Coogan.
He first appeared on radio on the spoof current affairs show ‘On The Hour’ in 1991 and got his first chance at TV in 1994 with his chat show ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge’.
Over the next 30 years, Alan returned to our screens in various forms and programmes, from his radio show at North Norfolk Digital (where for one series we see him living out of a Travel Tavern).
Coogan has also taken Alan to the big screen, in the 2014 film ‘Alpha Papa’ where Alan lends his hand at being a negotiator in a hostage situation.
In the years that followed, he returned to the BBC to become the new host of fictional magazine show ‘This Time’ and produced a podcast which was released in September 2020 entitled ‘From The Oasthouse’.