Murray’s Pub Landlord Gives London Both BarrelsDate: 11 June 2004
Fresh out of ITV’s prime-time reality TV show, Hell’s Kitchen with chef Gordon Ramsay, comedian Al Murray will return to the West End with Giving It Both Barrels, the latest incarnation for his alter ego The Pub Landlord. Murray will play four “Sunday Sessions” - on 20, 27 June and 4, 18 July 2004 – at the Cambridge Theatre, currently home to Jerry Springer - The Opera.
Murray created the character of The Pub Landlord in 1994 when he was asked to compere fellow comedian Harry Hill's Edinburgh show, Pub Internationale. Murray's barman has since inspired the Sky television sitcom, Time Gentlemen Pleaseand had three successful West End seasons (at the New Ambassadors in 1999, the Playhouse in 2000 and the Lyric in 2003) and been nominated for an Olivier with My Gaff, My Rules.
On a one-man mission to put the Great back into Great Britain, The Pub Landlord puts the record straight on current and philosophical affairs with a frank and open discussion of opinions and common - and often not-so-common - sense. The new London dates form part of an extension to the current touring schedule for Giving It Both Barrels, which, with a total of 103 dates across the UK, is Murray’s most successful tour to date.
Meanwhile, at the West End’s Palace Theatre, television magician Derren Brown has extended his current limited season of Derren Brown Live by a week to 26 June 2004, and TV comedian Ricky Gervais, who just finished a week at the Palace (See News, 28 May 2004), has added three extra London dates for his new show. Politics will now play 13 to 15 July 2004 at Hammersmith’s Carling Apollo.
- by Terri Paddock