Legendary comedian Billy Connolly is to begin his new High Horse Tour with two nights at Aberdeen’s Music Hall before going on to Perth, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow.
Arguably the UK’s most influential comedian of all time and certainly Scotland’s most famous funnyman, he will play the city’s Music Hall – the venue where he first wore his big banana boots back in 1975 - on Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30.
He will then take the tour to Perth Concert Hall (October 1), Edinburgh Usher Hall (October 4, 5, 7 and 8), Dundee Caird Hall (October 11) and finally Glasgow SECC for a week from October 19.
Tickets will be restricted to six per customer/transaction and go on sale at 9.30am this Friday (July 11) for the Aberdeen dates at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
The show starts at 8pm, with no support and no interval and is age restricted to 14+ years.
“We are thrilled to have Billy Connolly begin his latest tour with us at the Music Hall – although he is a global figure, we feel he is one of our own and the world did first see his big banana boots on our stage!” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.
“When he last played the Music Hall five years ago, the tickets were instantly snapped by fans who burned up our phone lines and besieged the Music Hall, so we fully expect the 2600 up for grabs for the September nights to fly out the door on Friday.”
Voted best comedian of all time by the UK’s Channel 4, and included as one of the Huffington Post’s favourite UK comedians, Billy Connolly known the world over as a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist.After an apprenticeship as a welder in Glasgow, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming The Humblebums band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian.
Aside from starring in numerous films and TV series, Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10,000,000. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010, and was named Britain's most influential stand-up comic in 2012.
Perhaps best known for his moving performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly-acclaimed movie Mrs Brown, his other film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Fido, Garfield 2, Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samurai, Timeline, Peter Kosminsky’s White Oleander, Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints and the sequel All Saint’s Day, Stephen Metcalfe’s Beautiful Joe and Barry Levinson’s An Everlasting Piece, Stanley Tucci’s The Imposters, Crossing the Line with Liam Neeson, the Muppet movie version of Treasure Island, Gabriel and Me, Gentleman’s Relish and The Man Who Sue God.
Billy has also appeared in the acclaimed BBC productions Down Among the Big Bad Boys and the Life and Crimes of Deacon Brodie. His voice is also featured on the animated films Pocahontas and Open Season, and the Disney Pixar animation Brave.
Most recently, he has appeared in Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, in the three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, and will be seen in the upcoming What We Did on our Holiday alongside David Tennant and Rosamund Pike.
On television, Billy featured in Head of the Class, which was later spun off into his own series, Billy. He has also made various television guest appearances, most notably in the US series House MD as well as Columbo, Third Rock from the Sun and Veronica’s Closet.
He hosted Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland, a six-part series documenting a tour of his homeland, a theme continued later in his World Tours of New Zealand, Australia and England, Ireland and Wales.
The comedian has also hosted television series Journey to the Edge of the World and Route 66, as well as other specials such as Pale Blue Scottish Person, A Scott in the Arctic, The Bigger Picture and An Audience with Billy Connolly.
More recently, he has been seen on our television screens, presenting the two-part series Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off.
A respected artist, Billy’s drawings have been displayed in various exhibitions throughout the UK since 2012.