Russell Brand: Is 'Bipolarisation' tour cancelled after Dispatches show reveals sexual assault allegations?
At least one venue has confirmed the show has been "postponed"
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One of the venues which Russell Brand was due to perform at later this month as part of his tour has confirmed that the show has been "postponed".
Russell Brand still performed to a sell-out crowd in London on Saturday (16 September), despite details of a number of serious sexual allegations against him, including rape, sexual assaults and abuse, being published in The Times just hours earlier - but doubts had been cast over whether he would finish the remaining three dates of the tour.
Now, the Theatre Royal in Windsor have released a statement from the promoters of Brand's Bipolarisation tour to say: "We are postponing these few remaining addiction charity fundraiser shows, we don't like doing it - but we know you'll understand." In a follow-up statement, the venue confirmed they will be offering ticket refunds to those who had bought them. Brand, who denied all the allegations in a video he uploaded to his social media platforms before the article was published, took to the stage at Wembley Park theatre as part of his ‘Bipolarisation’ tour, which began last month. He arrived on stage an hour later than scheduled, according to the BBC, and told the 2,000 strong crowd that “there are obviously some things that I absolutely cannot talk about”. He then continued with his show, which was happening at the same time as a Channel 4 Dispatches programme was being aired about the allegations, and received a standing ovation at the end.
So, will any of the remaining three 'Bipolarisation' tour dates still go ahead? Here’s what we know so far.
What is the ‘Bipolarisation’ tour?
The ‘Bipolarisation’ tour is the latest stand-up show from comedian, actor and political activist Russell Brand. It is described on his official website as the following: “Rules and rule breaking! Democracy and freedom! We reach conclusions from mass confusion by polling the live audience. We want to hear YOUR opinion. After amassing a movement of 25 million people across his digital channels, the Community festival and the live show Stay Free; the cultural and political commentator and award-winning British comedian is back on stage.”
Where is Russell Brand due to perform?
There are three dates left on the ‘Bipolarisation’ tour. They are as follows:
Tuesday 19 September: Theatre Royal, Windsor
Friday 22 September: The Pavillions, Plymouth
Thursday 28 September: The Civic at the Halls, Wolverhampton
Are the final ‘Bipolarisation’ tour dates going ahead?
At the time of writing, at around 5pm on Monday 18 September, it has been confirmed that at least one of the show's has been "posponted", the Windsor Theatre Royal date were Brand was due to perform tomorrow (19 September). All references to the show have been removed from their website.
NationalWorld visited Brand’s official website at around the same time, however, and found a pop-up with the tour information still appears as soon as the homepage loads. The remaining two venues, The Civic at the Halls, Wolverhampton, and Plymouth's The Pavillions, also still have the tour poster and information listed under their ‘what’s on’ sections.
The Plymouth performance is listed as sold-out on the website, but there are still tickets available for the Wolverhampton date. At around 5pm on Monday (18 September), NationalWorld was able to click through to the booking system, select seats and proceed to the payment page, as if ready to purchase, so it would appear as though tickets can still be bought for this performance.
However, the statement from the tour promoters, shared by The Theatre Royal, Windsor, would suggest that all of the final three dates have been cancelled. NationalWorld has tried to contact all venues directly.
Brand has remained quiet on his social media platforms, with his last post being the video he posted on Friday night (Friday 15 September) where he said he “absolutely refute(s)” all the allegations against him. We will update this page with more information when we get it.