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Colourful Comedian To Reveal All In New Stand-Up Show
One of Britain's best loved, but also most controversial, comedians will be celebrating a major milestone by doing what he does best - embarking on a stand-up tour. Jim Davidson is marking an often explosive 40 years in show business by going on his 40 Years On tour that includes two performances at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in early February. Jim, who has often courted controversy with jokes about women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people, promises to deliver a truly revealing as well as hilarious look at his life, from the triumphs to the tragedies. It is intended to be Jim Davidson OBE as you have never seen him before as he sets out to deliver the "uncut" story of his life during the course of a 2.5 hour show - and says it's not for the fainthearted, or his ex-wives.

Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson brings 40 years of comedy on a new tour

The long-standing comedian is well and truly established as one of Britain's top stand-up performers and is also well known to television audiences largely as a result of BBC game shows, Generation Game and Big Break. Jim, who was awarded the OBE for services to charity, and boasts three coveted Showbusiness Personality of The Year' Awards, emerged onto the big stage in 1976 through TV's New Faces - an early forerunner to the current plethora of similar talent shows. His big breakthrough was followed in time by extensive runs on television, including his own The Jim Davidson Show, which ran for five complete series and won him an award as "Funniest Man on Television". He also starred in TV sitcoms Up The Elephant And Around The Castle and Home James, while he also hosted BBC 1 series, Jim Davidson Presents from the Cambridge Theatre, London.

Jim Davidson, Garry Bushell
Jim with journalist Garry Bushell in 2014. By Transangst - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Jim has topped theatre bills in London's West End and at major venues all over the country while also headlining summer seasons and pantomimes and playing extensive concert tours with his adult show. In 2012 he also wrote his adult panto called Sinderella. In addition, he has starred in TV specials involving the armed forces such as one filmed on board HMS Invincible, plus Macedonia and five visits to the Falklands. He recently worked with John Malkovich on the film Colour Me Kubrick, and has also written his debut play called Stand Up And Be Counted. Jim Davidson will be at the Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced 24.50 each are available online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick hosts Jim Davidson during two nights in February

UK Tour Dates


Wed 18th SWANSEA: Grand Theatre 01792 475 715
Thur 19th KING'S LYNN: Corn Exchange 01553 764 864
Fri 20th KING'S LYNN: Corn Exchange 01553 764 864
Wed 25th SHREWSBURY: Theatre Severn 01743 281 281
Fri 27th IPSWICH: Regent Theatre 01473 433 100
Sat 28th SOUTHEND ON SEA: Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
Tue 31st BASINGSTOKE: The Anvil 01256 844 244


Wed 1st STEVENAGE: Gordon Craig Theatre 01483 363 200
Thur 2nd STEVENAGE: Gordon Craig Theatre 01483 363 200
Fri 3rd DARTFORD: The Orchard Theatre 01322 220000
Sat 4th KETTERING: Lighthouse Theatre 01536 414 141
Sun 5th KETTERING: Lighthouse Theatre 01536 414 141
Wed 8th LICHFIELD: Garrick Theatre 01543 412 121
Thur 9th LICHFIELD: Garrick Theatre 01543 412 121
Fri 10th NEWPORT: The Neon 01633 533 666
Fri 17th CROMER: Pavilion Theatre 01263 512 495
Sat 18th CROMER: Pavilion Theatre 01263 512 495
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Why? Comic Legend Jim Davidson Back After Chalking Up 40 Years
When: 18 Jan to 18 Feb 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets 24.50
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