Thursday, 8 February 2018

John Finnemore's Flying Visit

For two days, the whole new series of Souvenir Programme is available on BBC iPlayer. After that, they'll drop off one by one, but you still have six weeks to listen to today's episode, which I think might be one of the best we've done...

And after that, if you're not sick of the sound of my stupid voice, why not see how you cope with my stupid face? Because... I'm going on tour!


John Finnemore's Flying Visit is a brand new full length stage show, featuring the entire cast of Souvenir Programme; with sketches, songs, Pet Tips, Since You Ask Me tales, and a guest appearance from Wing Commander Arthur Shappey. We're doing thirteen dates around Britain in May and June, and tickets are either on sale right now, or will be soon. Here's a handy list of dates and ticket lists. Come and see us!

17th May - Brighton - Brighton Dome (Tickets on sale soon)
18th May - High Wycombe - Wycombe Swan
20th May - Hastings - White Rock Theatre
22nd May - York - Grand Opera House
26th May - Cheltenham - Cheltenham Town Hall
30th May - Birmingham - New Alexandra Theatre
3rd June - Richmond - Richmond Theatre
6th June - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre
7th June - Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre
8th June - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall Theatre
10th June - Dorking - Dorking Halls
13th June - Basingstoke - Basingstoke Anvil
15th June - Edinburgh - The Queen's Hall

All of the above idiots will be involved.

56 comments:

Lena Predmyrska said...

You've got to "raise your ambitions" as immortal Douglas Richardson once said, and start touring internationally. 😁

Book Glutton said...

I don't see any of the American dates on this list...

Gary said...

You are aware you have fans in the usa who would love to see you

Amanda Fraser said...

Just listened to the show and it was very good, especially the self parody. The song for which is stuck in my head. Well played, sir.

Popped on here to find a tour update, complete with a Scottish date. This is all rather marvellous, thank you!

Peter Davies said...

I don't think I'll be able to resist the Edinburgh show myself... Wing Commander Shappey!!!

The sketch last night about animals and kings put me in mind of Mythical Kings and Iguanas, the album by the great 1970s singer-songwriter Dory Previn. It might be just your cup of tea! It really is GREAT, by the way. :)

Richard W said...

Would love to see you if you added a date in the North West, I'd have thought you'd get good take up in Manchester or Liverpool (or Warrington, Stoke, Preston, Bolton, etc etc).

NSW said...

Nottingham does exist too! Come here!

Angela said...

I'm going to the UK, I'm going to the UK,...!!!
Best news for months!
Thank you!!!

Mr Chalk said...

I didn't write it myself, but some lovely person on Reddit recently typed "With JF's Souvenir Programme on Radio 4, and Cabin Pressure being repeated on 4 Extra, I'm marvelling at just how good Finnemore is as a writer. Is there a case for him being perhaps the best British radio comedy writer since Spike Milligan?".

I thought (a) Yes, there is, and (b) You might like to know.

Anonymous said...

Where's Poole?

Helen Jenkins said...

Pleeeeease add some dates in the north of england!!

Ponygirl Fi said...

Thrilled to find Edinburgh on the list. Especially as I’ve only heard of four of the other places mentioned. (Is it really bad that until now I honestly believed that Tunbridge Wells was a fictional place, used solely for comedy effect when describing the types of disgruntled letters found in the Daily Mail?!)

Peter said...

Sorry not to see any dates over here in Wales. We've reduced the toll on the bridge and *everything* :-)

Jules said...

I agree!

Anonymous said...

So excited for this! I was crossing my fingers for a Scotland date :D

Kate Onyett. @kateonyett said...

I will try my bestest to come to one of these dates. Not only because I have a passion love for your mind, but because I enjoy watching loons goof off on stage above all else. Now to go and ‘negotiate’ with the boss....

Conor Cooley said...

I really, really, REALLY hope I can make the York date, sadly it happens to be right in the middle of my exams in Manchester but it would be amazing to see you live again!!!!!

The Spotted Horse Owl said...

How about adding Boise, Idaho?! (A gal can dream, right?) 😊

Laura said...

And when you're done with Britain and Boise, Idaho, you can all pop down to the Melbourne comedy festival, right? It won't cost much - i have a spare room you can use.

Foxy said...

Booked! =D Can't wait. See you in Firmingham... Girmingham... Vlermingham...

Lindsey said...

I scrolled down with baited breath...'Lancaster, Preston, even a Manchester date.... but alas :-( C'mon John, the north doesn't just mean York, and a shuttle bus to Edinburgh. I could try for High Wycombe but that would mean having to visit my parents. Lancaster would love to see you, especially as the Uni got a mention in the latest (and yes, possibly brilliantest) show. Pwetty please....!!!

Anonymous said...

Hear hear!

Christine said...

Please do add a date in Copenhagen. Pretty please!

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Seconded!

Chorley Theatre said...

If you want to tentatively enter the North West of England, my venue Chorley Little Theatre would love to have you. At least one of our volunteers can quote huge chunks of Souvenir Programme sketches (but don't let that put you off).

Alexei du Périer said...

Come to Paris!!!
Reasons:
1. I live there.
2. I asked nicely.
3. Er, that's it.

Unknown said...

Thirded. If that's a thing.

In fact, only one midlmid and one northern venue in England. John, people love your stuff!

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Lindsey said...

I can't do any of the dates because I'll be on University nursing placement, but if there was one closer to home.... (*chants) North West, North West, North West.... You know you want to.....

Brian said...

another vote for the North West... if you were coming to Liverpool (or nearby), i'd have definitely booked!

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this to happen, to the extent that I think I may be making this up! Greater fan hath no performer than that they will travel to Swindon (from Bristol) to see this.

R.L. China said...

Love “all of the above idiots.” Never come across comedy with such an evenly and brilliantly collaborative cast. You are a lucky man, John. :-) Have a great tour...and Be Kind, Have Fun! (That is now the screensaver on my laptop BTW)

Peter Davies said...

Do you think you'll be recording the show and releasing it on DVD? It would be the biggest-selling Christmas present of the year, I can guarantee it!

Well, that's one vote from me for making a DVD of the show. Anyone else agree? :)

Kate @kateonyett said...

Yes! Ticket for Amazingsmoke. And be a because your stupid face is cute, so quite cope-able!

John Finnemore said...

Hooray! Thank you all for your nice comments, glad you liked the show!

Now then, the 'Why do you hate the North?' thing. Yes, I do realise there are big gaps in the tour map, especially the North West, Wales and most of Scotland, but also East Anglia and the west country. I'm really sorry about that - but I promise it's not deliberate - we did try to get dates in all those places. But it's only partly up to us. The way it works is: you put together a show and then contact theatres to see if they're interested, and if they have a date to offer you. Complicating it for us was that, because of cast availability, we were only looking at dates in late May and early June; and we were doing it at fairly short notice. So, any given theatre had to: a) be interested in having our show, b) have a free date to offer us in that window, and c) not yet have gone to print with their spring brochure. Plus, it had to be in a certain size range - obviously not bigger than we thought we could sell tickets for; but it can't be too small either, or we can't break even on the show (especially if it's far away enough from London that the cast and crew would all need accommodation.) So, long explanation short, it was all a bit of a lottery, but we'd love to go to all those places; and if this tour is a success, and we do another, full-size one in the future, we definitely will. Economies of scale will also mean we'll be able to afford to include some smaller venues too.

However, realistically speaking, the kind invitations to Paris, Copenhagen and Boise, Idaho will probably have to wait a while longer...

Laura said...

We only demand because we love <3 (and hate to travel, apparently). Have the most wonderful time with your gang of idiots!
And I second Peter Davies' DVD idea - no idea how much it would cost, but I'm sure we'd all be satisfied with shaky iPhone footage from the back of the auditorium, right?

Anna said...

Making a DVD/download of the show to sell with www.gofasterstripe.com might be an option ...

Lindsey said...

Thank you for explaining that John! Now all I'm thinking is exactly how 'little' is Chorley Little Theatre, and whether or not I could put you all up at my house...? Maybe next tour. xx

Zorah said...

Basingstoke always makes me laugh anyway due to that scene in Ruddigore.

Wombat said...

I agree, the latest episode was certainly the best. Loved the self-parody, plus the terrible leaving do, plus the terrible leaving do, plus the terrible leaving do... OF 2017! On the other hand, I'm still a wombat.

Jane Kingswood said...

Fourthed..!

The Jive Aces said...

I have been banging on about a live tour for ages, glad you listened to my great and wholly original idea! =^> T, wWells or Dorking for me I think! No mention of this on Twitter though!!

Anonymous said...

Nowhere between York and Edinburgh? Crushing.
Your (disappointed) Friend in the North.

Unknown said...

Indeed! I'm listening from Athens, Greece!

Philippa Sidle said...

Oh fantastic! I will be there at the Edinburgh show as long as I can get tickets!

Ponygirl Fi said...

Edinburgh tickets now on sale!

Lancashireflower said...

Double hear hear ! Even here, here, here, as in please come here.

Lancashireflower said...

Come to Manchester!

Lancashireflower said...

Or Clitheroe ( look it up!)

Anonymous said...

If you ever did want to come to Bournemouth ... I could probably book you a lecture theatre at the uni - an added bonus would be a guest lecture to the BA Radio students on being a radio comedy writer!!!

Chris Daly said...

Hooray!! Managed to acquire tickets for the Basingstoke show!

Very, very excited to see the gang live!

The Oldfields said...

Tra la la... Cheltenham has now woken up and is selling tickets. We'll be the ones in the middle of the fourth row.

Johnny E said...

It's one of those places that was made real by sheer power of belief, like Neverland. Only in this case, it was sheer power of disgruntlement.

Zorah said...

Basingstoke!
Basingstoke it is.
A word that teems with hidden meaning.

ThePinkLady said...

Cheltenham, Cheltenham, Cheltenham is the best! We are very happy to have tickets to see this. And especially so to have the rest of your wonderful cast along. What an opportunity for Margaret to showcase her many, many accents in venues across the country! Thank you for bowing to popular demand.

Anonymous said...

How about the ADC in Cambridge? You could have our spare room - it's in spitting distance of the maths department