Kieran Hodgson Adds Extra Tour Dates

by | Nov 24, 2023 | Comedy

BBC One Two Doors Down star Kieran Hodgson has extended his tour of his Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated show, Big In Scotland, following his hugely successful autumn tour and sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As well as adding extra Soho Theatre dates from 16th to 27th January, Kieran will then be performing extra dates around the UK and performing at the famed 1785 seat Kings Theatre as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

‘Big In Scotland’ is the story of being a not-quite immigrant in a not-quite different country. It’s a journey of discovery and belonging, as Kieran’s Anglo-centric view of the UK is challenged and destroyed by a cast of Scottish characters, and as Kieran himself builds a new life for himself that he could have never imagined.

Kieran Hodgson had a plan. From growing up in Yorkshire, he was to be one of those London people: wandering the streets of Chelsea, Tottenham and Leyton Orient, doing guest roles on Radio 4 sitcoms alongside Nigel Havers, and laughing scornfully at the provinces. But was this really the route to Kieran’s happiness? Is it anyone’s?

Then everything changed: in 2020 Kieran moved to Scotland after being cast in Two Doors Down, plunging a world still in shock from the Pandemic into further confusion. Who would Kieran be in this strange new land? Could he become someone totally different – better, even? Was he now obliged to give ill-informed opinions about independence to English members of his family? What was the difference between a stooshie and a rammy, and could Kieran discover it in time not to make an idiot of himself while trying to make new Scottish friends?

At a time when numerous obituaries for the United Kingdom are being written, ‘Big In Scotland’ takes a look at the non-newsy aspects of the England-Scotland relationship and makes the political both personal and daft. Kieran learns Gaelic (a bit), climbs Munros (a few), ends up starring in a Scottish sitcom (not really starring as he’s a secondary character). He meets Prime Ministers and panto stars and Weegies. He asks himself and the people of his new home whether he belongs, though it turns out the answer is perhaps less important than how you ask the question.

There’s a song and maybe a tartan jacket, depending on how hot the venue is.

Kieran Hodgson is a four-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated comedian, an award-winning television writer and actor, and a new cat owner. 

He was born and raised in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and has strip-mined his formative years to create the acclaimed live shows ‘Lance’ (2015), ‘Maestro’ (2016) and ”75′ (2018), all three of which were nominated for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe.

As a writer/performer on television, Kieran has created and starred in three acclaimed specials for Channel 4: ‘How Europe Stole My Mum’, described by the Guardian as a ‘miracle’; ‘How We Forgot To Save The Planet’, winner of the RTS Scotland Best Comedy Award 2022; and ‘Prince Andrew: The Musical’, described by The Independent as ‘This programme should never have been made’. 

A successful, or at least working actor since 2011, Kieran appears as a regular in the BBC sitcom ‘Two Doors Down’ as ‘Gordon’, which is returning to BBC One this year, and has had roles in comedies such as ‘Upstart Crow’, ‘Pls Like’ and ‘Famalam’, as well as in major films ‘See How They Run’ and ‘The Flash’. 

Kieran’s work uses storytelling and character comedy to explore seemingly-obscure subjects in passionate and universal ways, from professional cycling to environmentalism to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. He has been described as ‘immensely likeable’, ‘nuanced’, and ‘foolhardy’. His new show is about Scotland and risks making him a lot of enemies. Kieran got a ragdoll kitten in February 2023 and both man and cat are doing well.

Kieran Hodgson Tour Dates

(Tickets available here)

16-20 Jan London, Soho Theatre
21 Jan Brighton, Komedia
22-27 Jan London, Soho Theatre
14 Feb Oxford, North Wall Arts Centre
21 Feb Leicester, Firebug
22 Feb Southampton, The Attic
24 Feb Shetland, Shetland Arts
28 Feb Bishop Auckland, Town Hall
29 Feb Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall
06 Mar Leeds, City Varieties
07 Mar Bedford, Quarry Theatre
23 Mar Melrose, Corn Exchange
28 Mar Inverness, Eden Court
29 Mar Glasgow, King’s Theatre
31 Mar Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
03 Apr Swansea, The Grand
04 Apr Exeter, Phoenix Arts
05 Apr Bristol, Wardrobe Theatre
06 Apr Cambridge Junction
20 Apr Manchester, CultPlex

AUTUMN TOUR

02-27 Aug Edinburgh, The Pleasance
08 Sep Dunfermline, Outwith Festival
11-23 Sep London, Soho Theatre
27 Sep Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
28 Sep Carlisle, Old Fire Station
29 Sep Liverpool, Royal Court
30 Sep Aberystwyth Comedy Festival
01 Oct Salford, The Lowry
04 Oct Bradford, Alhambra Studio
05 Oct York, Theatre@41
06 Oct Selby, Town Hall
07 Oct Newcastle, The Stand
08 Oct Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
11 Oct Belfast MAC
12 Oct Reading, South Street Arts
13 Oct Oxford, North Wall Arts Centre
14 Oct Bath, Rondo Theatre
15 Oct Brighton, Komedia
18 Oct Norwich Theatre Playhouse
26 Oct St. Andrews, Byre Theatre
01 Nov Chorley Theatre
02 Nov Glasgow, The Stand
03 Nov Perth Theatre
05 Nov Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

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