Rick Wakeman has announced his socially-distanced THE EVEN GRUMPIER OLD CHRISTMAS SHOW: An evening of music and laughter – and grumpiness! at The Palladium in London. Featuring songs from YES, David Bowie, The Beatles & music with a festive twist, Wakeman has revealed details of his new show on Friday November 27, 2020. The show is a one-off intimate performance of “The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show” and will take place in advance of Rick’s original Christmas tour which has now been rescheduled to November/December 2021. Joining the keyboard wizard at The Palladium will be special guest (and Rick’s son) Adam Wakeman.
Tickets for The London Palladium show are now on sale; tickets for the 2021 tour are also on sale now.
Commenting on the special November show, which will be fully seated and socially-distanced, Rick said: “I’ve had the honour of performing at The Palladium on a few occasions, but never with a show of my own, so in these strange and difficult times this will be a very special occasion for me and hopefully for all of those who come along as well!”
The show at The London Palladium fully complies with the Government’s current Coronavirus and social distancing guidelines. Across the theatre the seating has been reconfigured to ensure that audience bubbles are seated at least 1m apart. This includes re-spacing rows in the stalls to guarantee a 1m distance in front and behind and beside each group.
Next year’s re-scheduled show dates – in November & December 2021 – will follow on from the 2019 sell-out Christmas tour, and will see Rick embark on another festive foray around the UK, visiting some of the cities he didn’t get to the first time around. The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show 16-date UK tour will kick off in Basingstoke on 28 November 2021 before visiting Leicester, Bexhill, High Wycombe, Dorking, Cambridge, Birmingham, Southampton, Salisbury, Southend, Manchester, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Edinburgh, Bradford and finishing at Hull’s City Hall on 21 December 2021.
Rick comments: “It’s so difficult to imagine how live music is going to be in the future, but I have to believe that there will be sensible and workable answers to enable us all to enjoy concerts, the theatre and other social events. So, with my positive hat on, I’m looking forward to a new ‘Even Grumpier Christmas Show’ to hopefully play my part in putting smiles back on all our faces and prepare us for a healthier and continually caring 2021.”
Fri 27 London The Palladium
Rescheduled tour dates:
Sun 28 Basingstoke The Anvil
Wed 01 Leicester De Montfort Hall
Fri 03 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Sat 04 High Wycombe The Swan
Sun 05 Dorking The Halls
Mon 06 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thurs 09 Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 11 Southampton Central Hall
Sun 12 Salisbury City Hall
Tues 14 Southend Palace Theatre
Wed 15 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thurs 16 Gateshead The Sage
Fri 17 Middlesbrough Town Hall
Sat 18 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Mon 20 Bradford St George’s Hall
Tues 21 Hull City Hall