Dawn of a new era for comedian French

Dawn French
Dawn French

Dawn French, the Queen of British comedy, is taking part in her first ever UK solo stand-up tour.

The show is called 30 Million Minutes and comes to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on October 13, from £35-£39.50.

The award-winning actor, novelist and all-round very funny lady has written a new show based on her life and career. 

Consisting of various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, Dawn takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure. 

Her extraordinary lack of willpower, combined with an enviable knack for ‘nosey parking’ and showing off, has driven her to grapple with the big stuff of life in public. 30 million minutes of life in fact; that’s how long she’s been alive.

It’s also worth coming if only to finally witness what size she actually is.

Can we believe the stolen images of so many women’s magazines? What is the truth? Is she so unfeasibly large that she can hardly live?

Marvel at how one woman can mercilessly murder so much chocolate, and yet remain so curiously slim…

Dawn French is beloved for her double act with Jennifer Saunders, as well as solo starring roles in, amongst others, The Vicar Of Dibley, Murder Most Horrid.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £39.50-£35, available on 0115 989 5555.

n All-round entertainer John Barrowman has announced that his You Raise Me Up tour will come to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall next year on May 17, starting at 7.30pm.

The 16-date tour for 2015 is in support of his new album, You Raise Me Up. This will be John’s first full UK tour in four years, and promises to be an entertainment experience not to be missed.

“I’m so excited to be touring again,” said John, “that I’m choreographing songs and arranging stories in my sleep.”

John’s fans funded the album through PledgeMusic’s Direct to Fan platform. It features new arrangements of many of John’s favourite songs, including Mandy, Bridge Over Troubled Water, A Thousand Years, and the title track.

John’s career has been nothing short of incredible and this year has been no exception.

John was awarded an MBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours this month and apart from starring in Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the US and on Sky in the UK, hosting Sing Your Face Off for ABC in the US, John is about to release his third fantasy novel, The Book of Beasts, co-authored with his sister Carole Barrowman.

Tickets are £75-£25, available from 0115 989 5555.