CITYLIFELOCAL GOING LOCAL FOR THE LEAGUE’S LIVE REVIVAL
IT’S BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN TOOK TO THE STAGE, BUT NOW THEY’RE BACK AND HEADING OUR WAY...
THERE was, quite rightly, plenty of trepidation when it was announced that The League of Gentlemen – the legendarily warped sketch troupe consisting of Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson – would be returning to TV screens in 2017.
After all, numerous comedy shows have been revived in recent years, mostly rehashing tired old jokes which only highlighted their place as outmoded relics.
After 15 years away, would The League of Gentlemen still possess that black magic that made it so beloved?
The answer, thankfully, was an emphatic ‘yes’.
BBC2’s mini revival of The League of Gentlemen, consisting of three episodes, was as perfect a comeback as diehard fans could have hoped for.
Macabre, strange and extremely funny – it was a welcome reminder of the show’s unique place within the British comedy pantheon.
Part sketch show, part gothic horror, The League of Gentlemen began life as a radio production in 1997, before the characters captured our collective imaginations and became an institution over the course of three TV series and one Christmas special.
Buoyed by the success of that TV revival, The League of Gentlemen is now coming to Manchester as part of a massive 18-date UK tour.
It will be the first time in 12 years that The League of Gentlemen will return to the stage, bringing with them their fictional village of Royston Vasey.
The lengthy tour started back at the start of August and will run at venues across the UK and Ireland until the end of September, including several dates at the nation’s largest venues.
As well as visiting Manchester Arena on September 1, The League Of Gentlemen Live Again! will come back to Manchester on September 22 for a show at the Apollo.
The cast have all kept themselves plenty busy enough in the last 12 years.
Gatiss co-created, co-produced, and starred in the BBC’s hit series Sherlock, playing Mycroft Holmes, the elder brother of the titular character, as well as cropping up in Game of Thrones.
You’ll no doubt have spotted Pemberton in his role as Mick Garvey in Benidorm, as well as in Inside No. 9, which also stars Shearsmith.
Maybe that’s what makes this comeback so endlessly appealing - these chaps are coming back to the stage because they want to, not because they need to.
The live show will feature both iconic vintage sketches and plenty of new material.
Needless to say, the chance to witness those loveably grotesque characters – Tubbs, Edward, Papa Lazarou et al – is not to be missed. Join us for a laid-back summer celebration of the very best food, drink and music, hosted by Tom Kerridge