Peter Kay will be taking to the stage to resume his huge UK tour this weekend.
The Bolton comedian returned to the stage for his first arena stand-up tour in 12 years late last year. He had been absent from major stages since 2010. He was due to embark on comeback shows in 2017 but cancelled them and stepped back from the spotlight.
Announced during I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here on ITV, the tour was originally due to run from 2022 to 2023 but has since been extended to 2025. He will perform monthly shows at The O2 in London as part of a residency.
Speaking about the tour, Kay said: “It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now. And 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.”
The first shows on the ‘Better Late than Never’ tour were in Manchester in December. Here is all you need to know:
When and where is the next Peter Kay?
Peter Kay’s next stop will be in Yorkshire. The Bury native began the Better Late Than Never tour with back to back at the AO Arena in Manchester earlier in December - and his next stop on the tour will be in Sheffield on Friday (17 February).
He will play a show at the Utilita Arena in the city. The full address is: 45 Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF. The comedian will then be returning to The O2 for his monthly show on Saturday (18 January).
His tour will run from December 2022 until 2025 - and there will be shows at the arena over the coming years until July 2025 due to the demand for tickets. It includes one show every month at The O2.
What is the start time in Sheffield?
The timings for the Utilia Arena show have been confirmed by the venue’s website. The doors will open at 6.30pm and Peter Kay will begin at 8pm sharp, it is scheduled to end by 11pm.
The O2 have also confirmed the timings for the Peter Kay show on Saturday. He will come on stage at 8pm and there will be no support act.
Fans are advised to arrive in plenty of time to pass through security and find your seats. Peter Kay’s stand-up show will began at 8pm for the Manchester and Birmingham shows in December so expect similar start time throughout the tour.
What do the reviews say?
Peter Kay’s first stand-up tour in 12 years as been received by warm reviews after the first show at the AO Arena in Manchester.
The Guardian gave it four stars, writing: “After 12 years away from the stage, the slimmed-down entertainer is more unapologetically nostalgic than ever.”
The i gave the show four stars and wrote: “A tearful return for comedy’s prodigal son.”
The Telegraph also reviewed the Peter Kay show and gave it four stars, writing: “In his big return to stand-up after a 12-year hiatus, Kay delivers the goods all over again.”
Can you get tickets for the shows ?
Peter Kay’s previous tour was 12 years ago in 2010. A comeback tour was planned for 2017 but scrapped before it began.
Demand for the ‘Better Late than Never’ tour was extremely high. O2 was unable to handle the influx of users on its priority app and website.
Peter Kay has added extra dates through 2023, 2024 and even 2025 in venues such as the AO Arena in Manchester. If you are wondering if tickets are still available for theLiverpool show this weekend, Ticketmaster’s website shows “limited availability” and “low availability”.
If you want to go to the Peter Kay show at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, on Friday, 20 January - there are no tickets available for the show via Ticketmaster.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “What an absolute privilege to be there for Peter Kay’s return to the big stage. He got a standing ovation for his entrance and was reduced to tears, never seen anything like it. No spoilers, just a superb night.”
Another added: “Peter kay came out on stage and everyone gave him a standing ovation for about 5 minutes and he cried and i actually can’t cope.” One user wrote: “I was expecting a huge standing ovation for Peter Kay‘s return, but that was just mega. I felt so privileged to be there tonight. I’ve waited to see him live for so long if you recorded anything, please don’t be a dick sharing it and ruining it for everyone else.”
Is there an age limit for the show?
For the Peter Kay tour the shows have a “strict” age limit of 15+. Children aged 14 and under will not be able to attend the shows.
Where can you park?
On its website, AO Arena explains: “Official parking partners CitiPark operate the on-site car park and has a capacity of 958 spaces, including accessible bays which can be prebooked by visiting their website. On show nights, the car park is manned by an events team who work to ensure that parking at the venue is as simple and easy as possible.
“They conduct regular patrols of the car park and the car park also has the Park Mark award for safety. After the concert, Trinity Way will be closed southbound between Great Ducie Street and Cheetham Hill Road for up to one hour. This is to allow concert-goers to safely exit the venue.
“However, if you’re parking at the official CitiPark car park, you will still be allowed to exit during this closure but you will have to turn right and follow local diversions. We advise anyone with mobility issues to arrive as early as possible and prebook with CitiPark.”
Manchester has a tram system as well as buses, trains and other public transport options.
What are the next Peter Kay shows?
The comedian will be on tour throughout the next three years. He will begin his tour in Manchester and these are the dates in the following weeks:
- Friday, 17 February - Utilita Arena, Sheffield
- Saturday, 18 February - The O2, London
- Thursday, 9 March - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
- Friday, 10 March - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
- Wednesday, 22 March - The O2, London
- Thursday, 23 March - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
- Friday, 21 April - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
- Saturday, 22 April - The O2, London