Alan Partridge is one of the most familiar faces of UK TV in the past 30 years. From his BBC show in the 1990s all the way through his North Norfolk Digital Radio shows to his presenting job on BBC magazine show ‘This Time’, Partridge is a man who we have come to love (or hate, depending on how you take him).
Partridge is taking the next step in his career by embarking on a nationwide arena tour, which includes a stop in Birmingham.
Here’s all you need to know about the man himself, when he comes to Birmingham and how to get tickets.
When does Alan Partridge perform in Birmingham?
Alan comes to Birmingham as part of a UK wide arena tour which kicks off at the end of April.
He is performing on two nights in Birmingham, and these are due to be held on 28 and 29 April at the Birmingham Utilita Arena.
Where else is he performing?
The two Birmingham shows take place a week into the UK and Ireland tour, and they are also the first two shows in England.
The tour kicks off in Belfast on 22 April and Alan will perform in 14 cities in just over a month.
The tour is due to end with three nights at The O2 Arena in London beginning on 31 May.
The full tour schedule is listed below.
- 22 April Belfast, SSE Arena
- 23/24 April Dublin, 3 Arena
- 26 April Edinburgh, Playhouse
- 28/29 April Birmingham, Utilita Arena
- 30 April Sheffield, Sheffield Arena
- 03/04 May Newcastle, Utilita Arena
- 5 May Hull, Bonus Arena
- 6/7 May Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
- 8/9 May Brighton Centre
- 11 May Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
- 13/14 May Manchester Arena
- 15 May Hull, Bonus Arena
- 17 May Blackpool, Grand Opera House
- 18 May Plymouth Pavilions
- 19/20/21 May Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
- 22 May Bournemouth, BIC
- 24/25 May Glasgow, SSE Arena
- 26 May Edinburgh, Playhouse
- 27 May Aberdeen, P&J Live
- 28/29 Leeds, First Direct Arena
- 31 May, 1 June and 3 June London, The O2
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for both nights are available through The Ticket Factory and prices start at £41 per person.
What can we expect from Alan Partridge on the tour?
Ahead of the tour, Steve Coogan gave some insight into what we can expect from ‘Stratagem’ and if we will see the old Alan Partridge up on the stage.
He said: “Alan will be trying to impart his accumulated wisdom and put it into some form that has cogency, so that he can ‘help’ other people.
“It’s an all-encompassing, almost cripplingly broad attempt to cover all potential personal problems that people might have in processing the modern world, so Alan helps people navigate the rocky waters of gender, equality, diversity, sexual identity.
He added: “Whatever the most precarious and dangerous landscapes that are out there, we’ll put Alan’s walking bits on and let him stomp all over them.”
Who is Alan Partridge?
Alan Partridge is a comedy character devised and portrayed by actor and comedian Steve Coogan.
He first appeared on radio on the spoof current affairs show ‘On The Hour’ in 1991 and got his first chance at TV in 1994 with his chat show ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge’.
Over the next 30 years, Alan returned to our screens in various forms and programmes, from his radio show at North Norfolk Digital (where for one series we see him living out of a Travel Tavern).
Coogan has also taken Alan to the big screen, in the 2014 film ‘Alpha Papa’ where Alan lends his hand at being a negotiator in a hostage situation.
In the years that followed, he returned to the BBC to become the new host of fictional magazine show ‘This Time’ and produced a podcast which was released in September 2020 entitled ‘From The Oasthouse’.