Whatsonstage Northeast is delighted to have a competition to win 2 tickets to see Ken Dodd this Saturday at the Mill Volvo Theatre Newcastle, starting at 7 p.m.

The show is this Saturday Saturday 2nd March.

Ken Dodd is absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash speak for ‘over the moon’) to be touring with his famous Happiness Show.

“I love slaving over hot audiences because they love a good laugh and I never get tired of entertaining them.”

Remarkably, Ken has not stopped entertaining since he turned professional in 1954, and today continues to pack theatres over the length and breadth of the UK. And after more than 50 years as a top entertainer, he still loves nothing better than making audiences laugh. Ken still lives in the same house in which he was born – a listed Georgian farmhouse (built in 1740) in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash. He is a crusader on behalf of live theatre, and his famous Ken Dodd ‘Happiness Show’ takes him on a virtual non-stop tour of the UK – clocking up over 100,000 miles annually!

His late father, Arthur, was a coal merchant who ran his business from the family home. Ken used to help deliver the coal with his brother, Billy. His father and late mother, Sarah, bought Ken his first ‘Punch & Judy Show’ when he was a child, and he used to put on shows in the back garden. Later he began his charitable fundraising activities by making appearances in local shows and garden fetes. He and his sister, June, had dancing lessons together and would give their parents impromptu shows.

Since then he’s been a bill-topper throughout most of his career and has starred in numerous Royal Variety Shows and in sell-out record-breaking seasons at theatres like the London Palladium, Birmingham Hippodrome and Blackpool Opera House. On television and radio he’s enjoyed countless series, been honoured in a special one-hour ‘This Is Your Life’ tribute, and his hugely successful ’An Audience With Ken Dodd’ TV special, was followed with the equally successful ‘Another Audience With Ken Dodd’. Both have become best-selling and award-winning videos. His diversity of talent is such that he’s played Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Yorrick in Kenneth Branagh’s epic film version of ‘Hamlet ‘ and ‘Mr.Mouse’ in the Hollywood film of ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

“To be honest, my favourite place is the theatre. After more than 50 gloriously happy years, I still enjoy the ‘buzz’ of the live venue and a packed audience laughing their heads off and forgetting all their cares and worries for a couple of hours (at least!)”

To be in with a chance to win answer the following question and have your answer emailed to us by NOON this Thursday 28 February the winner will collect two tickets at the box office for the performance on Saturday , which starts at 7 p.m and usually finishes around midnight!

Question : At least how many miles does Ken Dodd clock up each year?

Email your answer to northeast@whatsonstage.com by noon this Thursday the winner must be free to attend the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre this Saturday 2 March. This competition is to win one pair of tickets (which admits two adults aged 18 or over) for the performance on Saturday 2 March at 19:00 at Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre. There are no alternative dates or shows available. The tickets are not transferable and come as a pair and will be available at the box office on 2 March. The competition does not include any refreshments before, during or after the performance. Transport and travel expenses are not included. The closing date for entries is 12:00 on Thursday 28 February. Any entries received after this time will not be entered into the draw.