Dawn French to Embark on First-Ever Solo U.K. Tour in 30 Million Minutes, Directed by Michael Grandage

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25 Feb 2014

Comedienne and actress Dawn French, whose West End stage credits include a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (in which she played Bottom) and My Brilliant Divorce, is to embark on her first-ever solo touring show. Based on her life and career, it is called 30 Million Minutes and will be directed by Michael Grandage.

The tour, which is co-produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments and the Michael Grandage Company, will begin performances at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre June 5 for a run through June 8, then continue to visit Glasgow, Derby, Buxton, Llandudno, Birmingham, Brighton, Plymouth, Bradford, Dublin, Cardiff, Crawley, Reading and Dartford.

Set and costume designs are by Lez Brotherston, and the lighting is by Willie Williams.

According to press materials, the show will "consist of various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as she takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure. She will share how she has misguidedly spent her whole life vigorously attempting to be a fully functioning female human. Her extraordinary lack of willpower, combined with an enviable knack for nosey parking and showing off, has driven her to grapple with the big stuff of life in public. 30 million minutes of life in fact. That's how long she's been alive."

In a press statement, she commented, "I'm sick with excitement about this solo tour. I am enjoying the fact that I can't categorise exactly what it is, but it's somewhere between a monologue, a play, and an autobiographical slide show with a few funnies thrown in. At last, I have one of my three genie wishes granted, which is that I finally get to work with Michael Grandage. The other two wishes are as yet unfulfilled. They are secret obviously, but suffice to say, one is about Barack Obama in Speedos. The other is about me in speedos, with cheesecake involved... Enough said."



Tickets go on sale Feb. 28. For details, visit TicketZone.co.uk.