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Ardal O'Hanlon Announces Brand New UK Tour for 2019

His brand new show, The Showing Off Must Go On will fun for 47 dates and begins in February in Leicester before concluding in December 2019 in Southend.

Star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted and My Hero, Ardal O’Hanlon, comes from a small-town in Ireland where there is nothing worse than showing off. Yet he is a professional ‘show-off’ who continues to do stand-up comedy for money, a very shy show-off (and as a result conflicted) but a big show-off nonetheless (a disgrace to his family). So why does he do it? 

Well. Just when he thought he’d made sense of the world, when he thought he knew everything he needed to know. When he finally found a hat that he liked and learned how to make cocktails and how to relax sagaciously in a big chair. Just when he was about to quit airing his dirty linen in public and stop (for the love of God) showing off, the world shifted. Dramatically. The world fell off its axis. And is adrift in the universe. And needs saving.

In an age of raging populism, #MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case), comedy as ever being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is.

Speaking about the new tour, Ardal said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing my stand-up show on the road in 2019, having been testing stuff in clubs and at festivals for the past few years. It’s great that the noise in my head is finally cohering into delightful comedy chunks.”

Tour dates


24th February 2019, Leicester, Y Theatre

26th February 2019, Hemel Hempstead, Old Town Theatre

27th February 2019, Haverhill, Arts Centre

28th February 2019, New Milton, Forest Arts Centre

1st March 2019, Reading, South Street

2nd March 2019, Nottingham, Lakeside Arts

Full tour

3rd March 2019, Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal

6th March 2019, Leeds, City Varieties

7th March 2019, Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre

8th March 2019, Barrow-in-Furness, The Forum

9th March 2019, Lancaster, Grand Theatre

10th March 2019, Sheffield, Memorial Hall

13th March 2019, Barnstaple, Queens Theatre

14th March 2019, Redruth, Regal Theatre

15th March 2019, Exeter, Northcott Theatre

16th March 2019, Southampton, Nuffield Theatre

17th March 2019, Bath, Komedia

20th March 2019, Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre

21st March 2019, Hoddesdon, The Spotlight

22nd March 2019, Lincoln, Performing Arts Centre

23rd March 2019, High Wycombe, Town Hall

24th March 2019, Basingstoke, Haymarket

30th October 2019, Cork, Opera House

2nd November 2019, Reading, The Hexagon

3rd November 2019, Richmond, Richmond Theatre

6th November 2019, London, Alexandra Palace Theatre

7th November 2019, Armagh, The Market Place Theatre

8th November 2019, Derry, Millenium Forum

9th November 2019, Dublin, Vicar Street

12th November 2019, Aberdeen, Music Hall

13th November 2019, Glasgow, Tramway

14th November 2019, Stirling, Albert Halls

15th November 2019, Edinburgh, Queen's Hall

16th November 2019, Newcastle, Tyne Theatre & Opera House

17th November 2019, Salford Quays, The Lowry

20th November 2019, Northampton, Royal & Derngate

21st November 2019, Birmingham, Symphony Hall

22nd November 2019, Brighton, Brighton Dome

23rd November 2019, Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal

24th November 2019, St Albans, The Alban Arena

28th November 2019, Cambridge, West Road Concert Hall

29th November 2019, Limerick, University Concert Hall

30th November 2019, Belfash, Belfast Waterfront

5th December 2019, Cardiff, Sherman

6th December 2019, Bristol, Anson Rooms

7th December 2019, Yeovil, Westlands

8th December 2019, Southend, Palace Theatre

Tickets for The Showing Off Must Go On go on sale from Thursday 25th October. Book tickets here.


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