Following the success in 2014 of Michael Palin’s landmark tour, the actor, writer and comedian has announced a new one-man stage show, The Thirty Years Tour, coming to the Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday, October 1.
Michael’s reputation was established with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns.
His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures.
His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, East of Ipswich, Number 27, GBH and Remember Me.
Michael has also written bestselling books to accompany his eight successful travel series, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalayas, New Europe and Brazil.
In the course of his two hour show he brings to life 30 extraordinary years, from the end of the 1960s when a new series called Monty Python’s Flying Circus started, to the end of the 1990s when Python had become the most influential comedy team in the world and Michael, a hugely successful television traveller.
The diverse directions of his career will be illustrated by a rich and often rare archive of film, video, photos and recordings.
As forthright about failure as he is baffled by success, Michael shares with the audience the often hilarious, always honest and occasionally downright embarrassing experiences of a life that can’t resist a challenge.
Michael hopes that The Thirty Years Tour will focus attention on the importance of keeping diaries and encourage people to do as he did and start to keep an account of their daily life.
He said: “The attraction of a diary is that it remains in its own time. It reflects only what happened on that particular day.
“It doesn’t flatter and it isn’t distorted by what happened later. In that way it’s the most truthful record of real life. And it’s your own life and nobody else’s.
“Keeping a diary means that all that seeing and hearing, loving and laughing, excitement and embarrassment, gladness and gloom that make you what you are is not forgotten. A diary blows away the mists of time and offers your life back to you.
“My message is simple. Get yourself a notebook. Write down whatever you want to remember over the last 24 hours - and keep on doing it.”
Palin’s diary-writing habits have served him well in recent years and he has produced three autobiographical books based on his written recollections.
The first book Diaries 1969–1979: The Python Years came out in 2006 and dealt with the origins of the legendary comedy group.
Three years later came Diaries 1980–1988: Halfway to Hollywood – The Film Years while Diaries 1988-1998: Travelling to Work last year gave an account of his incredibly successful travel shows.
The past year has seen him make use of his distinctive voice in the new film comedy Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and as the narrator of the new series of the children’s favourite The Clangers.
Tickets are now on sale and are available from the Regent Theatre box office on 0844 871 7649 or via www.atgtickets.com/stoke.