Michael Palin brings stage show to Edinburgh

Michael Palin. Picture: Comp

Michael Palin. Picture: Comp

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MONTY Python star and international globe trotter Michael Palin is to bring his first ever one-man stage tour to the Capital later this year.

Celebrating the publication of volume three of his diaries, Travelling to Work 1988-1998, the actor, writer and comedian will look back at 25 years of exploring the world and nearly 50 years in radio, television, books and films at the King’s Theatre on September 16.

His visit takes place 41 years after his last appearance at the Leven Street venue, when on 17, 18 and 19 May 1973, Monty Python’s First Farewell Tour played the theatre.

In his diaries, Palin writes about being kept awake in the Forte Posthouse hotel at The Zoo, as a certain Mr David Bowie was staying in the same hotel, on the same floor.

Palin recalls Bowie, who had just played The Empire, and his entourage being a relief from the usual grey suited types, and recalls the lobby being full of Bowie people and equipment.

Palin says: “The Travelling to Work Diaries cover an extraordinarily busy time of my life. I was trying things I’d never done before, pushing myself beyond the predictable to novels and plays and a whole new career as a television traveller.

“I like to think that the Travelling to Work tour is in the same spirit of adventure and experiment.

“It will be my first solo tour and I see it as a chance to meet audiences all over the country and talk about the only consistent thread in my working life - the irresistible urge to do something completely different.”

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work will take audiences on a whistle stop highlights and low lights tour of his adventures and cock-ups, beauties and beasts, wonders and wash-outs, all illustrated with a selection of photos and footage shot during his eight BBC TV travel series.