Rick Wakeman has announced he’s back to perform a new show at London’s The Palladium on Friday 27 November 2020. This one-off intimate performance of ‘The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show’ will take place in advance of Rick’s original Christmas tour which has now been rescheduled to November / December 2021. Joining the keyboard wizard at The Palladium will be special guest (and Rick’s son) Adam Wakeman.
Tickets for The London Palladium show go on sale on Friday 9 October at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk. Tickets for the 2021 tour are on sale now.
Commenting on the special November show, which will be fully seated and socially-distanced, Rick said: “I’ve had the honour of performing at The Palladium on a few occasions, but never with a show of my own, so in these strange and difficult times this will be a very special occasion for me and hopefully for all of those who come along as well!”
The show at The London Palladium fully complies with the Government’s current Coronavirus and social distancing guidelines. Across the theatre the seating has been reconfigured to ensure that audience bubbles are seated at least 1m apart. This includes re-spacing rows in the stalls to guarantee a 1m distance in front and behind and beside each group.
Next year’s re-scheduled show dates – in November & December 2021 – will follow on from the 2019 sell-out Christmas tour, and will see Rick embark on another festive foray around the UK, visiting some of the cities he didn’t get to the first time around. The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show 16-date UK tour will kick off in Basingstoke on 28 November 2021 before visiting Leicester, Bexhill, High Wycombe, Dorking, Cambridge, Birmingham, Southampton, Salisbury, Southend, Manchester, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Edinburgh, Bradford and finishing at Hull’s City Hall on 21 December 2021.
Both as a member of YES and as a solo artist, Rick Wakeman is known across the world for his virtuosity, creative flair and wicked sense of humour. A true rock legend, with over 50 million albums sold in five decades, his music continues to reach new generations of fans.
Fans of his solo concerts will already know that they combine spellbinding piano music with side-splitting stories and revealing insights into his lengthy and varied career. New fans should expect an evening of superb musicianship, featuring tracks from last year’s release Christmas Portraits – Rick’s instrumental arrangements of traditional festive tunes – as well as music from YES, his own solo epics and early Bowie hits, plus fantastic arrangements of Beatles’ tunes, and much, much more, interspersed with knockabout (and sometimes bawdy!) humour.
Commenting on the shows Rick said “It’s so difficult to imagine how live music is going to be in the future, but I have to believe that there will be sensible and workable answers to enable us all to enjoy concerts, the theatre and other social events. So, with my positive hat on, I’m looking forward to a new ‘Even Grumpier Christmas Show’ to hopefully play my part in putting smiles back on all our faces and prepare us for a healthier and continually caring 2021.”
Fri 27 London The Palladium
Rescheduled tour dates:
Sun 28 Basingstoke The Anvil
Wed 01 Leicester De Montfort Hall
Fri 03 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Sat 04 High Wycombe The Swan
Sun 05 Dorking The Halls
Mon 06 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thurs 09 Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 11 Southampton Central Hall
Sun 12 Salisbury City Hall
Tues 14 Southend Palace Theatre
Wed 15 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thurs 16 Gateshead The Sage
Fri 17 Middlesbrough Town Hall
Sat 18 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Mon 20 Bradford St George’s Hall
Tues 21 Hull City Hall
To book tickets go to www.myticket.co.uk
For more information on social distancing at The London Palladium go to: lwtheatres.co.uk/lw-theatres-audience-guide/