We bring you the latest info on the Bolton-born comedian's long-awaited return to stand-up, including 2023 tour dates, venues and how to get your hands on official VIP tickets through Seat Unique.

Last Updated: 11/12/22 at 10:00

Peter Kay has long been established as an icon of British comedy. The BAFTA Award-winning 48-year-old comedian has written, produced and acted in several hugely successful TV and film projects over the past 26 years.

However, following the cancellation of his 100-show tour in 2017 due to "unforeseen family circumstances", Kay has remained under the radar with fans fearing he may never tour again.

However, after taking a break from the public eye, Peter Kay has now announced his highly anticipated comeback tour in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

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Keep reading as we tell you where and when Kay will tour the UK. Plus, we reveal how you can be the first to get official VIP tickets and hospitality packages at Seat Unique.

Has Peter Kay made an appearance since 2017?

Peter Kay was scheduled to perform a sold-out 14-month stand-up tour in 2017. However, he sadly had to cancel all shows due to family circumstances, releasing this statement at the time on social media: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.”

He also expressed that “the decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”

After cancelling his tour, Kay took a step back from public life with the exception of making some charity appearances post-2017.

Kay notably sold out two live shows at the Manchester Apollo to raise money for Laura Nuttall and the Brain Tumour Charity, where the comic received a standing ovation from the thousands in attendance.

This year, the Phoenix Nights and Peter Kay's Car Share star made a rare public appearance with a handful of danceathon shows for his ‘Dance for Life’ charity events to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

When was Peter Kay’s last tour?

Peter Kay’s last tour was titled ‘The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour...Now On Tour’, which included 112 shows that ran from April 2010 to October 2011.

The expansive comedy tour saw Kay visit 12 venues across the UK. As a result, he broke records to be the fastest-selling comedy act in Britain at the time.

As part of the tour, Kay played 20 consecutive shows at Manchester Arena, breaking the venue’s records for the most consecutive performances by a comic ever.

He also performed a record-breaking 15 shows at London O2 Arena, which is also the most shows performed by any comedian at this venue.

Peter Kay tour dates & venues

Peter Kay has now confirmed that he will be completing his 'Better Late Than Never' UK arena tour in 2022/2023.

The stand-up legend will be performing huge show dates in 2022 and 2023 at:



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Peter Kay O2 Arena residency

On November 9th, Peter Kay confirmed that he will also be completing a historic residency at The O2 Arena as part of his tour plans.

The residency will see Kay perform at London's O2 Arena for one night every month from December 2022 up until November 2023.

He will perform on:

  • Friday 16th December 2022
  • Saturday 21st January 2023
  • Saturday 18th February 2023
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2023
  • Saturday 22nd April 2023
  • Saturday 20th May 2023
  • Saturday 3rd June 2023
  • Saturday 29th July 2023
  • Wednesday 30th August 2023
  • Saturday 9th September 2023
  • Saturday 7th October 2023
  • Saturday 18th November 2023

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What to expect from Peter Kay's next tour

You can expect him to lift the whole crowd's spirit with his infectious joy and family-friendly humour, which is assured to have you in stitches.

Kay is a rare modern comic who doesn’t rely on crude or political jokes. He has the capability to fill the room with laughter with simple and wholesome content that all ages can relate to.

For Kay’s big return it's certain there will be a considerable amount of new and delightful content to accompany his familiar and adored comedy routines.

How to get VIP Tickets for Peter Kay’s tour

After such a long hiatus from touring, Peter Kay general sale tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.

If you want to see the comedy legend live and in style, why not get your hands on a VIP ticket or hospitality package?

Seat Unique is the trusted premium ticketing marketplace opening up fan access to premium experiences at live events, including popular comedy and culture events.

We are delighted to open fan access to premium tickets for Peter Kay's AO Arena Manchester, First Direct Arena Leeds, Utilita Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena Birmingham tour dates.

Make your night one to remember as you enjoy the show with unrivalled views from your premium padded seat and enjoy luxury perks such as fast-tracked entrance, VIP lounge access and inclusive drinks.

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