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...

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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

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