Peter Kay announces stand-up return with first tour in 12 years

Dates run from next month through to the summer of 2023

Peter Kay has announced his return to stand-up comedy, confirming a huge UK tour across late 2022 and the first half of next year – see dates below and buy tickets here.

The comedian made his TV comeback in 2020 after two years away. He was supposed to tour the country in 2017 but cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Now, he’s confirmed a host of arena dates that begin early next month and run through the first half of 2023, ending up in August.

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“It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy,” Kay said in a statement, “and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now.”

He added: “With the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35. The same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.”

See the full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale here from 10am GMT on Saturday, November 12.

DECEMBER 2022
2 – Manchester, AO Arena 
3 – Manchester, AO Arena
16 – London, The O2
17 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena

JANUARY 2023
6 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
7 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
20 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
21 – London, The O2

FEBRUARY 2023
17 – Sheffield, Utilita Arena
18 – London, The O2
23 – Belfast, SSE Arena 
24 – Belfast, SSE Arena

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MARCH 2023
9 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
10 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
22 – London, The O2

23 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena

APRIL 2023
6 – Dublin, 3Arena
7 – Dublin, 3Arena
21 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
22 – London, The O2

MAY 2023
5 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
6 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
19 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
20 – London, The O2

JUNE 2023
2 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
3 – London, The O2

16 – Cardiff, International Arena
17 – Cardiff, International Arena

JULY 2023
14 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
15 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
28 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
29 – London, The O2

AUGUST 2023
11 – Sheffield, Utilita Arena
29 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
30 – London, The O2

SEPTEMBER 2023
9 – London, The O2
22 – Manchester, AO Arena
23 – Manchester, AO Arena

OCTOBER 2023
7 – London, The O2
19 – Manchester, AO Arena
20 – Manchester, AO Arena

NOVEMBER 2023
5 – Manchester, AO Arena
6 – Manchester, AO Arena

18 – London, The O2

DECEMBER 2023
1 – Manchester, AO Arena
16 – London, The O2

JANUARY 2024
5 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
6 – London, The O2
26 – Manchester, AO Arena
27 – Manchester, AO Arena

FEBRUARY 2024
9 – Manchester, AO Arena
10 – Manchester, AO Arena
24 – London, The O2

MARCH 2024
8 – Manchester, AO Arena
9 – Manchester, AO Arena
23 – London, The O2

APRIL 2024
5 – Manchester, AO Arena
6 – Manchester, AO Arena
19 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
20 – London, The O2

MAY 2024
3 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
4 – London, The O2
17 – Manchester, AO Arena
18 – Manchester, AO Arena

JUNE 2024
2 – London, The O2
14 – Manchester, AO Arena
15 – Manchester, AO Arena

JULY 2024
13 – London, The O2
26 – Manchester, AO Arena
27 – Manchester, AO Arena

AUGUST 2024
9 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
23 – Manchester, AO Arena
24 – Manchester, AO Arena

SEPTEMBER 2023
20 – Manchester, AO Arena
21 – Manchester, AO Arena

OCTOBER 2024
7 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
18 – Manchester, AO Arena
19 – Manchester, AO Arena

NOVEMBER 2024
1 – Manchester, AO Arena
2 – Manchester, AO Arena
15 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
29 – Manchester, AO Arena
30 – Manchester, AO Arena

DECEMBER 2024
6 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
20 – Manchester, AO Arena
21 – Manchester, AO Arena

JANUARY 2025
10 – Manchester, AO Arena
11 – Manchester, AO Arena
24 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena

Kay has only made brief public appearances following the cancellation of his stand-up tour in 2017 due to “unforeseen family circumstances” – including an appearance on Children In Need and Comic Relief’s Big Night In in 2020.

A statement announcing the tour’s cancellation read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects. This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

“My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and public will continue to respect my privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

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