Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the show first being performed live onstage, Britain’s favourite local radio station Radio Active is back once more on a tour of the UK. The original cast including Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunited in 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe, and again in 2018, performing some of their classic and best-loved radio scripts, and now they’re back and better than ever.
Born out of a small sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, Radio Active was originally written by Deayton and the late Geoffrey Perkins. It continued to grow at a rapid pace, being adapted for BBC Radio 4 where it ran for 7 award-winning series – a total of 53 episodes from 1980 until 1987. The show then transformed into KYTV, the exciting BBC 2 television revival, and now it’s a live stage show!
Expect to be reunited with all of your favourite characters, including long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident-prone Martin Brown, as well as the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.
Angus Deayton is perhaps best known as the presenter of Have I Got News For You, which he hosted for 23 series, along with Before They Were Famous, numerous New Year’s Eve Shows, and the first 3 series of Hell's Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He's also starred in Rowan Atkinson’s Stage Show in the West End and on Broadway, and in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night. More recently he's appeared in Waterloo Road and Death In Paradise.
Michael Fenton Stevens is an English comedian and actor best known for being a founding member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees, as well as performing Spitting Image’s number one hit single The Chicken Song. His television credits include roles in My Family, Coronation Street, Outnumbered, Action Team and Ballot Monkeys and as Sir Henry in Benidorm.
Helen Atkinson Wood plays the loveable Mrs Miggins, a character created for her by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton in the classic comedy Blackadder The Third. Twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards, she made her West End debut in Silly Cow by Ben Elton and now works extensively on stage, radio and television. Helen presented her own ITV series Private Lives and has made guest appearances on QI, Celebrity Pointless and Have I Got News For You.
Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as well as hugely memorable guest appearances in Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses. More recently Philip has appeared in BBC’s The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, C4’s Ballot Monkeys and Benidorm on ITV . As a composer he wrote hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably The Chicken Song), as well as for TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Fast Show, Harry & Paul, Outnumbered and Yonderland.
Wednesday 24th April The Radlett Centre, Hertfordshire
www.radlettcentre.co.uk/ / 01923 859291
Friday 26th April Bloomsbury Theatre, London
www.thebloomsbury.com/ / 020 3108 1000
Saturday 27th April Bloomsbury Theatre, London
www.thebloomsbury.com/ / 020 3108 1000
Tuesday 30th April The Stables, Milton Keynes
www.stables.org/ / 01908 280 800
Thursday 2nd May Bridge House Theatre, Warwick
www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk/ / 01926 776438
Friday 3rd May Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford
www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk/ / 01279 710 200
Saturday 4th May Cornerstone, Didcot
www.cornerstone-arts.org/ / 01235 515144
Sunday 5th May Broadway, Letchworth
www.broadway-letchworth.com/ / 01462 681088
Thursday 9th May Artrix, Bromsgrove
www.artrix.co.uk/ / 01527 577330
Friday 10th May Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk/ / (01600) 772467
Saturday 11th May McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater
www.mcmillantheatre.com/ / 01278 556677
Sunday 12th May Theatre Royal, Winchester
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/ / 01962 840 440
Wednesday 15th May Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/ / 01202 885566
Thursday 16th May Electric Palace, Bridport
www.electricpalace.org.uk/ / 01308 424 901
Friday 17th May Corn Exchange, Exeter
www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/ / 01392 665938
Saturday 18th May Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/ / 01805 624624
Sunday 19th May Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Thursday 23rd May Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
www.trinitytheatre.net/ /01892 678678
Friday 24th May Arts Centre, Colchester
www.colchesterartscentre.com/ / 01206 500900
Saturday 25th May Quarry Theatre, Bedford
www.quarrytheatre.org.uk/ / 01234 362337
Sunday 26th May Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
www.aldeburghjubileehall.co.uk/ / 07980 748547
Thursday 30th May Courtyard, Hereford
www.courtyard.org.uk/ / 01432 340555
Friday 31st May The Theatre, Chipping Norton
www.chippingnortontheatre.com/ / 01608 642350
Saturday 1st June Norden Farm, Maidenhead
www.norden.farm/ / 01628 788997
Sunday 2nd June Quarterhouse, Folkestone
www.quarterhouse.co.uk/ / 01303 760750
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