Thoroughly Modern Millican - Sarah Millican announces autumn 2011/ spring 2012 UK tour

Posted: 17th March 2011
Sarah Millican

At this early stage, it is probably important to point out that award-winning South Shields stand-up Sarah Millican is not appearing in a remake of the 1967 Julie Andrews film, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Nor is she reprising Amanda Holden's 2004 Olivier-nominated turn as Millie in the West End musical of the same name.

No, Sarah Millican is in fact taking her incredibly popular brand of cheeky, straight-talking and lovable comedy on the road with some new material. After winning the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Best Newcomer gong, Millican's career went stratospheric. From playing bars and backrooms what seemed like weeks prior, the cake-loving Geordie was soon holding audiences of 1,000 or more in the palm of her hand.

Millican's last tour, Chatterbox - which has sold out each of its 120 dates - will soon be committed to DVD with two nights' recording at London's Bloomsbury Theatre (also sold out, before you ask). Like the gal herself, expect it to be an immediate bestseller.

The new material promises more tales of a young woman who finds herself in the midst of a series of madcap adventures - coincidentally the exact premise of the 1967 film. Julie Andrews' outing as Millie was widely acclaimed to be ahead of its time with its edgy and cutting satire of 1920s society. Conversely Sarah Millican is very much of her time - a sharp, witty woman, Millican is a counterpoint to these straightened days of austerity and blame. And she is very funny.

But that's no secret and tickets will sell like very hot and tasty cakes when they go on sale on Friday 18 March at 10AM. The dates start in October - listed below - but, as with the Chatterbox tour - expect more to be added. Which is just as well, as these will sell out in no time at all.

Tickets are £21 for most venues, with a handful at £20 (even London).

Stewart Darkin