Ardal O’Hanlon announces brand new UK tour for 2019


Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Dawn Sedgwick Management are delighted to announce that Ardal O’Hanlon will tour the UK in 2019 with brand new show, The Showing Off Must Go On. Beginning at the Y Theatre, Leicester on 24th February 2019, and concluding at the Palace Theatre, Southend on 8th December 2019 the tour will take in a total of 47 dates. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 25th October 2018 from

Where Ardal comes from (small-town Ireland) there is nothing worse than showing off. Yet he is a professional ‘show-off’ who continues to do stand-up comedy for money, a very shy show-off (and as a result conflicted) but a big show-off nonetheless (a disgrace to his family). So why does he do it?

Well. Just when he thought he’d made sense of the world, when he thought he knew everything he needed to know. When he finally found a hat that he liked and learned how to make cocktails and how to relax sagaciously in a big chair. Just when he was about to quit airing his dirty linen in public and stop (for the love of God) showing off, the world shifted. Dramatically. The world fell off its axis. And is adrift in the universe. And needs saving.

In an age of raging populism, #MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case), comedy as ever being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is.

Ardal O’Hanlon said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing my stand-up show on the road in 2019, having been testing stuff in clubs and at festivals for the past few years. It’s great that the noise in my head is finally cohering into delightful comedy chunks.

The star of Death in Paradise (BBC One), Father Ted (Channel 4) and My Hero (BBC One), Ardal O’Hanlon is one of the British Isles’ leading stand-up comedians and actors. He has received British Comedy Award, BAFTA and Olivier nominations, toured worldwide with his acclaimed stand-up shows – and appeared in numerous TV shows from Dr. Who (BBC One) and Skins (E4) to Live at the Apollo (BBC Two).

Tickets for The Showing Off Must Go On 2019 UK tour are on sale on Thursday 25th October 2018 from

@ardalsfolly |

Praise for Ardal O’Hanlon:

“It is this calibre of offbeat observation, lateral thought and cheerful fatalism – always served up with the garnish of instinctively craftsmanlike timing and rhythm – that makes O’Hanlon’s set so very entertaining.” The Telegraph

“Charm, intelligence and fabulous phrase-making” The Guardian

“Highly entertaining and frequently brilliant” Irish Independent

“Watch him turn innocence into a deadly comic weapon” The Sunday Times



Date:                     Venue:                                                                                 Website:

24/02/19      –       LEICESTER, Y Theatre*                                         

26/02/19      –       HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Old Town Theatre*     

27/02/19      –       HAVERHILL, Arts Centre*                                    

28/02/19      –       NEW MILTON, Forest Arts Centre*                             

01/03/19      –       READING, South Street*                                     

02/03/19      –       NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside Arts*                                                                                                          *PREVIEWS

03/03/19      –       BURY ST EDMUNDS, Theatre Royal                 

06/03/19      –       LEEDS, City Varieties                                             

07/03/19      –       HUDDERSFIELD, Lawrence Batley Theatre             

08/03/19      –       BARROW-IN-FURNESS, The Forum                  

09/03/19      –       LANCASTER, Grand Theatre                               

10/03/19      –       SHEFFIELD, Memorial Hall                                   

13/03/19      –       BARNSTAPLE, Queens Theatre                         

14/03/19      –       REDRUTH, Regal Theatre                                    

15/03/19      –       EXETER, Northcott Theatre                                

16/03/19      –       SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield Theatre                  

17/03/19      –       BATH, Komedia                                                       

20/03/19      –       WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre                                

21/03/19      –       HODDESDON, The Spotlight                               

22/03/19      –       LINCOLN, Performing Arts Centre                         

23/03/19      –       HIGH WYCOMBE, Town Hall                               

24/03/19      –       BASINGSTOKE, Haymarket                                 

30/10/19      –       CORK, Opera House                                              

02/11/19      –       READING, The Hexagon                                       

03/11/19      –       RICHMOND, Richmond Theatre                       

06/11/19      –       LONDON, Alexandra Palace Theatre               

07/11/19      –       ARMAGH, The Market Place Theatre              

08/11/19      –       DERRY, Millennium Forum                                 

09/11/19      –       DUBLIN, Vicar Street                                             

12/11/19      –       ABERDEEN, Music Hall                                          

13/11/19      –       GLASGOW, Tramway                                            

14/11/19      –       STIRLING, Albert Halls                                           

15/11/19      –       EDINBURGH, Queen’s Hall                                  

16/11/19      –       NEWCASTLE, Tyne Theatre & Opera House 

17/11/19      –       SALFORD QUAYS, The Lowry                              

20/11/19      –       NORTHAMPTON, Royal & Derngate               

21/11/19      –       BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall                               

22/11/19      –       BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome                                

23/11/19      –       PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal                

24/11/19      –       ST ALBANS, The Alban Arena                                    

28/11/19      –       CAMBRIDGE, West Road Concert Hall               

29/11/19      –       LIMERICK, University Concert Hall                              

30/11/19      –       BELFAST, Belfast Waterfront                             

05/12/19      –       CARDIFF, Sherman                                                

06/12/19      –        BRISTOL, Anson Rooms                                        

07/12/19      –        YEOVIL, Westlands                                                

08/12/19      –        SOUTHEND, Palace Theatre                               

For further information and interview requests please contact:

Stephanie Pennells:

Patsy O’Neill:

Eleanor Davies:

+44 (0) 207 299 4241