Comedian Bill Bailey is venturing into Limboland in 2015 – and coming to the North East en route.
Having taken his new live show, which is called Limboland, to Australia and New Zealand, he then put a tentative toe in the northern hemisphere with performances in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Apparently it went down a storm ‘down under’ with Melbourne’s Herald Sun calling it “pretty much unmissable” and the New Zealand Herald, which doesn’t beat around the bush, simply “b***** excellent”.
Now the famously sharp-witted Mr Bailey is taking the northern hemisphere plunge with a UK tour kicking off in October 201. It will bring him back to Newcastle City Hall on November 28 and 29.
In the new show he explores “the gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are” and tells tales of finding himself in this “halfway place” called limboland.
He recounts the saga of a disastrous family trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights and contemplates the true meaning of happiness.
And fans will be delighted to know that music will play its part.
He promises his version of a protest song, a “heart-rending country and western ballad played on a Bible”, and a downbeat version of Happy Birthday.
A man of many parts, Bill has appeared in the films Saving Grace, Hot Fuzz and Nanny McPhee, performed alongside Paloma Faith and Kaiser Chiefs in this summer’s Live at Edinburgh Castle and received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, for his contribution to the global environment.
Vic-chancellor Prof Greg Hill said: “We believe Bill’s commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability, particularly in South East Asia and Indonesia, demonstrates excellence and deserves recognition.”
Back in Limboland, tickets for Bill’s Newcastle gigs go on sale on Friday, December 5 at 10am. Box office: 0191 2778030 or www.newcastlecityhall.org