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You've heard him on the radio, watched him on television, read his books and magazine articles and now you can see Danny Baker on tour for the first time.

Danny Baker, Cradle to the Stage tour, Birmingham Town Hall, Radio 5 Live, Cradle to the Grave
Debut tour: Danny Baker (pic: Steve Ullathorne)


The 59-year-old broadcasting legend is making his stage debut on a massive 35-date UK tour that visits Birmingham Town Hall on March 15, 2017. Cradle To The Stage is Danny's latest project, complementing his multi-award winning BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday show, bestselling autobiographies which were adapted into the hit BBC series Cradle to Grave, and a brief appearance on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

In his own inimitable style Danny quips: ''I have never done anything like this before in my life. However, to travel from town to town addressing a fabulous gathering of like-minded chums each night seems to me exactly what Shakespeare would have done, had not the hefty rent at The Globe kept him in London. As a consequence, William Shakespeare toured about as frequently as Kate Bush!

''Well not me. I own very few theatres anymore and so I am now totally free to charge about here and there wowing the folks with my anecdotal back catalogue, games involving sausages and impressive six octave range.''

Danny Baker, Cradle to the Stage tour, Birmingham Town Hall, Radio 5 Live, Cradle to the Grave
Venue: Danny Baker will visit Birmingham Town Hall


He reveals that every show on the tour will be different.

''No two nights of this extravaganza will be the same. This is less of a boast than an admission that (a) I am hopeless at learning scripts and (b) I still have no idea what I am going to include!''

Listeners to Danny's radio programmes know that he will not be short of topics to talk about, and the audience may even find him reluctant to leave the stage on time, causing them to miss the last bus home.

''Content-wise I will make Bruce Springsteen and Ken Dodd look like short-changing slackers,'' he promises.

This will certainly happen if his favourite subjects of music and football are raised. Millwall supporter Danny wrote for the punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue and New Musical Express before moving into television to present youth culture documentaries.

Danny Baker, Cradle to the Stage tour, Birmingham Town Hall, Radio 5 Live, Cradle to the Grave
Music lover: Danny Baker (pic: Steve Ullathorne)


He later wrote and presented a number of TV programmes, including a chat show and BT Sport's football coverage.

He jokes: "I will, of course, arrive in front of you going off like a Cacophonous Catherine Wheel of Chat, armed with hundreds of tall tales to tell, many complete with proof from my family picture album to stop you thinking I am simply raving. I've been at this showman racket a full 40 years now there is truly much to discuss and plenty to be held to account for.''

Danny Baker's 2017 Cradle To The Stage tour dates:

Feb 1: City Varieties, Leeds;
Feb 2: City Hall, Sheffield;
Feb 3: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry;
Feb 4: The Core at Corby Cube, Corby;
Feb 8: Town Hall, Cheltenham;
Feb 9: Wyvern Theatre, Swindon;
Feb 10: Hexagon, Reading;
Feb 11: Redgrave Theatre, Bristol;
Feb 15: Junction, Cambridge;
Feb 16: Mercury Theatre, Colchester;
Feb 17: Engine Shed, Lincoln;
Feb 18: The Lowry, Salford;
Feb 22: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne;
Feb 23: Pavilion, Worthing;
Feb 24: Public Halls, Harpenden;
Feb 25: Theatre Royal, Margate;
Mar 1: Lyceum, Crewe;
Mar 2: William Aston Hall, Wrexham;
Mar 3: Regal Cinema, Evesham;
Mar 4: The Y, Leicester;
Mar 8: Gala, Durham;
Mar 9: Arc, Stockton;
Mar 10: Harrogate Theatre;
Mar 11: Mechanics, Burnley;
Mar 15: Town Hall, Birmingham;
Mar 16: Oakengates, Telford;
Mar 17: Civic, Barnsley;
Mar 18: The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone;
Mar 22: The Forum, Barrow in Furness;
Mar 23: Grand Theatre, Lancaster;
Mar 24: The Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe;
Mar 25: Melton Theatre, Melton Mowbray;
Mar 29: Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight;
Mar 30: Haymarket, Basingstoke;
Mar 31 & Apr 1: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.
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Why? Danny Baker's first stage show and tour
When: Touring from February 1, 2017
Phone: 0121 780 3333 (Birmingham Town Hall)
Where: Birmingham Town Hall and touring
Cost: 20
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