Peter Kay delighted his fans today after announcing he would be returning to the stage for the first time in over three years.
The 48-year-old comedian will present a dual program of charity shows at the O2 Apollo Manchester on August 7, which he called “two very special live Q&A.”
Both shows – for which tickets go on sale this Friday – will benefit Laura Nuttall, a 21-year-old terminally ill Lancashire woman with brain cancer.
It comes 39 months after his last appearance on stage, during a charity screening of his comedy series Car Share at the Blackpool Opera House on April 7, 2018.
Kay was last seen on camera in a pre-recorded video for the BBC’s Big Night In coronavirus fundraiser on April 23, 2020, which was filmed from her home in Bolton.
Kay tweeted today: “Peter Kay will perform two very special live Q&A to benefit Laura Nuttall at the Manchester O2 Apollo on August 7, 21. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 30) at 9 am. “
The tweet included links to the Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster websites where tickets will be available for both shows, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
It also included a link to the “Doing it for Laura” Facebook group for the charity of Ms. Nuttall, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in October 2018.
Ms Nuttall’s mother, Nicola Nuttall, said: “I still can’t believe this is actually happening! I’m incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and can’t wait to be August 7th.
Kay was last seen on camera in a pre-recorded video for the BBC’s Big Night In coronavirus fundraiser in April 2020, which was filmed from her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
It comes after Kay retired from the public in 2017, when he canceled a massive 14-month tour due to “unforeseen family circumstances.”
The tour was due to cross the UK and Ireland from April 2018 through summer 2019 – and Kay had only announced it a month earlier.
But he said on December 13, 2017: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret having to cancel all my upcoming work plans.
“This unfortunately includes my next stand-up tour, the Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work engagement.
Both shows – for which tickets go on sale this Friday – will benefit Laura Nuttall (pictured), a 21-year-old terminally ill Lancashire woman with brain cancer
‘My sincere apologies. This decision was not taken lightly and I am sure you will understand that my family should always come first.
The comedian was then due to make a comeback with a series of six ‘Dance For Life’ shows to raise funds for Cancer Research UK in April and May 2020.
But the events – two of which were due to take place in Manchester, Liverpool and London – had to be postponed until March of last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kay did, however, release an audio-only special episode of his comedy Car Share with co-star Sian Gibson in April last year in an attempt to “cheer people up somehow.”
He also made a brief comeback in January when he called up Cat Deeley’s new BBC Radio 2 program, as they discussed New Years and embarrassing stories.
Kay’s tweet today was his first Twitter post in 15 months, with its last on April 29 of last year when he wrote on the BBC repeating both sets of Car Share.
His last activity on Twitter was to retweet a post from Rick Astley last October about the singer’s video for the song Every One Of Us which supported Children in Need.
Kay’s fans had raised concerns for his health after his appearance on the BBC’s Big Night In in April 2020, with some saying he looked “far from 100%”.
Last September, it emerged that his absence from the public eye saw the money continue to flow into Good Night Vienna Productions, the company he started in 1999.
Described as a ‘writing, performance and television production’ business, its shareholder funds stood at £ 24.8million at the end of March 2020 – £ 1million more than the year former.
Some £ 23.3million of the company’s funds were held in ‘cash in the bank and on hand’, while its only reported expenditure was capped at just £ 1,495 – on ‘motor vehicles’.
Kay, whose 2010-11 tour reached Guinness World Records after performing in front of more than 1.2 million people, lives with his wife Susan and their three children.