A stage show based on the pub sitcom Early Doors will tour the country later this year for the first time.
Tickets have gone on sale for the live version of the BBC TV programme and the tour starts in Newcastle on September 25.
The live show was originally planned as a one-week run at Salford Lowry’s Quay’s Theatre. But huge public demand for tickets saw those shows sell out quickly and a further two weeks of shows at the Lowry’s larger Lyric Theatre were added, which also sold out in record time.
Commissioned by West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award-winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a new story featuring the same characters from the TV show.
Cash and Mealey said: “Writing Early Doors again has been a joy and we’re really excited by the results. Putting it on stage for the first time ever will be a huge thrill – one that we hope you will come along and share.”
Set in the Grapes Pub, the show follows the fortunes of Ken, barmaid Tanya, and local cops Phil and Nige.
It stars Cash and Mealey, with John Henshaw as the landlord, with Susan Cookson, Joan Kempson, James Quinn, Lisa Millett and Judith Barker.
The tour will also visit Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sheffield, Hammersmith in London, Manchester, Hull and Liverpool.
Pictured are Craig Cash (left) with John Henshaw (centre) and Phil Mealey.