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Joanna Lumley at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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An Absolutely Fabulous evening guaranteed
Actress Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour during October and November 2018 and it's sure to be Absolutely Fabulous!

The 71-year-old's It's All About Me show will visit Birmingham Symphony Hall on October 9. The 30-date tour begins on October 6 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall and concludes in Aylesbury on November 10.

Joanna Lumley, It's All About Me, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Joanna, who was recently confirmed as the host of the 2018 BAFTA awards, will entertain audiences with tales from her four decade career which has included starring in Absolutely Fabulous and The New Avengers.

She will be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience.

Joanna says: ''The thought of this tour, travelling across the British Isles and Ireland, has completely taken over my waking hours. It's utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell, and the rapture (and gratitude, to be fair) with which I shall greet the audiences! Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show.''

Joanna Lumley, It's All About Me, Symphony Hall Birmingham

The star burst onto British TV screens as Purdey in The New Avengers in 1976 but before that she was a model in London in the swinging '60s. She began as Jean Muir's house model and muse, then progressed to become a photographic model, featuring in knitting patterns, mini-skirts, toothpaste commercials and the occasional front cover.

Her acting career includes Coronation Street, On the Buses, Dracula and being a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

The role of Purdey propelled Joanna to instant fame and created one of the must-have hairstyles of the 1970s the Purdey bob. She became a pin-up figure for a generation of British males who grew up watching her as the high-kicking action girl.

Alongside iconic hairstyles, Joanna developed a sideline as adventurer and activist, popping up all over the globe on television documentaries and travelogues.

As Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous she became a degenerate role-model for a generation. For 25 years the adventures of Patsy and Edina have sporadically lurched across our screens, culminating in AbFab The Movie in 2016.

Joanna Lumley, It's All About Me, Symphony Hall Birmingham
Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Joanna Lumley: 'It's All About Me' tour 2018:

Oct 6: Waterfront Hall, Belfast;
Oct 7: Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin;
Oct 9: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
Oct 10: Gateshead Theatre, Newcastle;
Oct 11: SEC Armadillo, Glasgow;
Oct 12: EICC, Edinburgh;
Oct 13: Opera House, Blackpool;
Oct 14: The Lowry, Salford;
Oct 17: New Theatre, Oxford;
Oct 18: Hippodrome, Bristol;
Oct 19: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham;
Oct 20: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff;
Oct 21: Corn Exchange, Cambridge;
Oct 22: Regent Theatre, Ipswich;
Oct 24: City Hall, Sheffield;
Oct 25: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend;
Oct 26: First Direct Arena, Leeds;
Oct 27: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool;
Oct 28: Barbican, York;
Oct 29: London Palladium;
Oct 31: Pavilions, Plymouth;
Nov 1: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry;
Nov 2: 02 Guild Hall, Southampton;
Nov 3: BIC, Bournemouth;
Nov 4: Guild Hall, Portsmouth;
Nov 6: De Montfort Hall, Leicester;
Nov 7: King George's Hall, Blackburn;
Nov 8: Brighton Dome;
Nov 9: Derngate Theatre, Northampton;
Nov 10: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury.
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Why? First tour by Ab Fab favourite
When: Touring from October 6, 2018
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: 32.50 - ​62.50 plus fees
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