Doncaster 'born' comic Count Arthur Strong announces 20th anniversary tour

He’s an eccentric, ageing, former music hall performer from Doncaster – and comic creation Count Arthur Strong is heading back out on the road for 2022.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 9:28 pm

The elderly, out of work and pompous actor labours under the belief he’s a showbiz legend – and creator Steve Delaney has starred as him in several hit TV and radio shows charting his life and times.

The character’s back story says he's from Doncaster – but Delaney himself hails from Leeds – so there’s plenty of Yorkshire humour for fans to enjoy.

And the 2022 20th Anniversary Tour will see the Count visit venues up and down the country, delivering his own unique brand of humour.

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The character has been described as "a mixture of physical and mental clumsiness, mirthful malapropisms and Tourettic tics, whose pride forbids him from ever conceding fallibility, even as his world crashes around him".

Delaney says Count Arthur is based on many influences and people from his youth from the 1960s onward: next-door neighbours, relatives, and eccentric shopkeepers.

Now. after years of giving his wonderful lectures, Count Arthur has bowed to public demand and been talked into making the show about himself for once.

From his breakthrough Edinburgh Fringe show Forgotten Egypt in 2002 to talking about himself in 2022, he has two decades of memories to share from his national tours, multi award-winning radio show and BAFTA-nominated sitcom.

Tickets for the brand new And This Is Me! tour go on sale from 10am on Friday 27 November 2020.

FEB 9 2022 Tivoli Theatre - Wimborne Minster

FEB 10 Epsom Playhouse

FEB 11 The Stables - Milton Keynes

FEB 12 Key Theatre - Peterborough

FEB 16 Mansfield Palace Theatre

FEB 17 Harrogate Theatre - HarrogateCount Arthur Strong: And This is Me!

FEB 18 Crewe Lyceum Theatre

FEB 19 Dorking Halls - Dorking

FEB 24 City Varieties Music Hall - Leeds

FEB 25 Kings Hall Ilkley - Ilkley

FEB 26 Lincoln Performing Arts Centre - Lincoln

FEB 27 Wellingborough, The Castle - Wellingborough

MAR 4 Monmouth Savoy Theatre - Monmouth

MAR 6 Leicester Square Theatre - London

MAR 11 Hazlitt Arts Centre - Maidstone

MAR 12 Royal Spa Centre - Leamington Spa

MAR 13 Theatre Royal Winchester - Winchester

MAR 17 Hexagon Theatre - Reading

MAR 20 Northcott Theatre - Exeter

MAR 24 Scarborough Spa Theatre

MAR 27 Tyne Theatre - Newcastle Upon Tyne

MAR 30 The Brindley Theatre - Cheshire

MAR 31 The Dukes - Lancaster

APR 1 Floral Pavilion Theatre - Merseyside

APR 2 Shrewsbury Theatre Severn - Shrewsbury

APR 7 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall - Tunbridge Wells

APR 8 Shanklin Theatre - Isle of Wight

APR 9 De La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill on Sea

JUN 2 Bridlington Spa Centre - Bridlington

JUN 5 The Lowry - Salford Quays

JUN 9 Palace Theatre, Southend - Southend-On-Sea

JUN 10 Theatre Royal - Brighton - Brighton

JUN 11 Richmond Theatre - London

JUN 12 The Alexandra - Birmingham