Count on Arthur for a giggle

Count Arthur Strong
Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong’s Command Performance, Alnwick Playhouse, Sunday, April 22, 7.30pm. Tickets £15.50, £16.50 premier.

THE showbiz legend and raconteur returns to the stage to remind us just what we’ve been missing since his heyday at the very top of the entertainment business, as he comes to the Playhouse for the first time.

Following a hugely successful sell-out first run of the Command Performance last year, Arthur returns offering another opportunity to share in the laughter, ably assisted by Terry Kilkelly playing Malcolm and Renee, and Dave Plimmer as Dad’s Army’s Alan Leslie.

Steve Delaney created Count Arthur Strong while studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1980s. During his career as an actor, he recreated the character for an outing at the Edinburgh Fringe in the mid-90s.

The character quickly became an Edinburgh Festival Fringe institution with his famed lecture talks gaining both a cult following and huge critical acclaim.

Following his successes in Edinburgh with hit shows from Forgotten Egypt! to The Man Behind the Smile, Arthur has sold out at theatres around the country and toured extensively.

In 2004, the character moved first onto BBC Radio 2 as a regular guest on the Mark Radcliffe Show and then onto BBC Radio 4 in Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show.

Soon to record a seventh series, the show won the gold Sony Award for Best Radio Comedy in 2009 and has given Arthur a national audience who ‘get the joke’.

A Count Arthur Strong TV project is currently in development with Talkback Thames for BBC2.