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Monday 17 June 2024

Coming To Theatre Royal Brighton: Michael Palin's New Diary Release Documents How He Successfully Battled The Routine & Repetition Of Middle Age

Best-selling author and comedian Michael Palin will be live on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton, this September, as part of his There and Back - The Diary Tour.
Credit - John Swannell

Ten years since his last published diary, Michael unlocks volume four of his life and times, from 1999 to 2009. As the centuries change and Michael heads into middle age, he's busier than ever. 

In this new show, with the help of rarely seen photos and video, Michael brings these momentous times to life as he talks through this latest Diary to take us backstage on this most productive decade of his life, whilst always, in the background, showing us the wider world, one of infinite possibilities and new and unimagined dangers.

He takes on four new travel series, and a wide variety of documentaries from art and artists to the last day of the First World War. 

He watches his family grow and expand at a time of ominous new threats and dangers. The Twin Towers fall, bombs blast London, banks collapse, whole economies teeter on the brink. Tony Blair offers hope with the Good Friday agreement, then embroils us in Iraq.

Michael enters his 60s, and finds grown-up responsibilities come his way. By the end of this diary, he's in his first year as President of the Royal Geographical Society. 

His diary reflects his constant struggle against routine and repetition, and his irresistible and often nerve-shredding attraction to new challenges. 

Some work, some don't, but by the end of this volume he's reached the retirement age of 65. And he's planning a new journey

Announcing the tour, Michael Palin says: 

"In There and Back - The Diary Tour 2024, I'll bring to life the fourth collection of my diaries and the first to be released for 10 years. 

"Lots of fun as I go through the Noughties, and some dark times too. I constantly surprise myself with the sheer amount I took on."

Michael Palin's There and Back - The Diary Tour at Theatre Royal Brighton on 21st September 2024. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




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