The last ever episode of Australian soap Neighbours may have aired in the UK, but fans of Neighbours will get to say a second goodbye to the iconic show with a live theatre tour.
Neighbours: The Farewell Tour is scheduled to take place across several UK venues in 2023.
So, where will the tour be taking place, when will the UK dates be, and how can you get tickets?
Here’s what you need to know.
Why has Neighbours: The Farewell Tour been planned?
Fans may remember that the team behind Neighbours, which ran for 37 years, had previously announced a special one-off Live In Conversation show for the programme’s 35th anniversary in 2020.
This event was postponed due the Covid pandemic, but it has now been rebooted to become the Farewell Tour, which promises to be bigger and better.
Neighbours’ production company FremantleMedia has reportedly been secretly working on the tour with live events company Maple Tree Entertainment.
Where will Neighbours: The Farewell Tour visit in the UK?
The cast of the famous Aussie soap will travel from their famous home on Ramsay Street for performances in Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, Brighton, Southampton, Nottingham and Bath.
When will Neighbours: The Farewell Tour be in the UK?
The tour will take place during March 2023.
The full tour dates are below:
- Wednesday 1 March - Waterfront Hall, Belfast
- Friday 3 March - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
- Sunday 5 March - 02 City Hall, Newcastle
- Monday 6 March - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
- Wednesday 8 March - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
- Friday 10 March - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
- Sunday 12 March - St David’s Hall, Cardiff
- Monday 13 March - The Palladium, London
- Tuesday 14 March - The Palladium, London
- Thursday 16 March - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
- Saturday 18 March - The Brighton Centre, Brighton
- Sunday 19 March - Mayflower, Southhampton
What will happen in the theatre show?
The show will bring together popular cast members to look back at Neighbours’ history, but the official cast is yet to be revealed.
Describing the show, Maple Tree Entertainment said: “Join us as we look back at some of the footage from across the years, enjoy never before heard stories from the cast as they are interviewed live on the stage, plus surprises and a q&a session at the end.
“This will be the ultimate night for any Neighbours fan – and the perfect way to say ‘farewell’ to one of Britain’s most-loved soaps.”
Can I get tickets to Neighbours: The Farewell Tour?
Fans who already have a ticket for the special Live in Conversation show will now get to enjoy the long-anticipated show.
You can get still tickets to the show if you did not previously hold one of these tickets.
You can buy them now via Ticketmaster.
When was last episode of Neighbours be shown in the UK?
Neighbours’ last ever episode will aired in the UK on Friday 29 July.
If you missed it, or you’d like to watch it again, you can watch it on Channel 5 catch up service My5.
What happened in the final episode of Neighbours?
The Australian soap ended with a double-episode special on Friday 29 July which featured star-studded cameos from Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Margot Robbie and singer Natalie Imbruglia.
During the final episode of Neighbours Ramsay Street characters from past and present come together for one final time during the street party wedding reception for Melanie Pearson (Lucinda Cowden) and Toadie Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney).
Susan Kennedy, (Jackie Woodburne) made a poignant speech, speaking to both the characters and the fans.
She says: “When we moved to Ramsay Street, the community was already here – the Ramsays and Robinsons.
“The stories from those early days are legendary and their legacy still lives on today. There have been many families over the years of all shapes and sizes, some of them unexpected. And friends who became like family, whether they were related or not.
“Love has always been a central thing. How many Ramsays were born on the street?
“Things seldom ran smoothly, of course, but they usually worked out in the end.”
She also reflected on friends and neighbours no longer with them, with ghost-like figures of characters who have died appearing among the crowd, including Erinsborough stalwart Madge Bishop played by Anne Charleston.
Susan concluded: “I think you have to acknowledge everything, celebrate it all – the good, the bad because all of that makes us who we are.
“Everyone deserves a place in the history of Ramsay Street, even those who watched us from afar. Together we have been the perfect blend.”
Why has Neighbours ended?
Channel 5 confirmed in March that Neighbours would finish for good this year, after it stopped funding the series.
Fans were very upset by the news and created a petition in an effort to save it. Although it gained over 66,000 signatures, the end still came earlier this summer.
Can I still watch Neighbours in the UK?
Yes, you can still watch Neighbours in the UK.
You can also watch episodes of Neighbours on Channel 5 streaming service, My5.