Unmissable celebrity talks and lectures to attend in 2019

Unmissable celebrity tours and talks to attend in 2019

Get to know the likes of Michelle Obama, Ben Fogel, Ian McKellan, The Hairy Bikers and more live in conversation

It's no longer just rock bands that are selling out the UK's venues. Presenters, actors, photographers and authors alike are putting on 'in conversation' style shows that give their fans the unique opportunity to get to know the people whose work we follow and love. From intimate conversations with Michelle Obama, to live cooking with the Hairy Bikers, here is our list of the most unmissable talks and lectures taking place in 2019... that we known about so far.

Professor Brian Cox Live
Accompanied by special guest and fellow podcaster, Robin Ince, presenter Brian Cox's latest tour takes attendees to the edge of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of our solar system and the universe.
Touring February-March. Book tickets.

Ben Fogle's Tales from the Wilderness
The TV presenter and adventurer recounts tales from his career. From his recent ascent of Mount Everest to swimming with crocodiles, from crossing Antarctica to rowing across the Atlantic, Fogel will reveal all live in conversation.
Touring Feb–Mar. Book tickets for Ben Fogle.

An Evening with The Hairy Bikers
The UK's favourite cooking duo invite fans to enjoy a night of cooking and conversation as they do what they do best live on stage. Having travelled the world extensively, creating and tasting the most delicious and unusual foods, the duo will have plenty to talk about.
Touring Feb–Apr. Book tickets for The Hair Bikers.

Ross Edgley: The World's Fittest Live Show
This athlete made history in 2018 by swimming 2,000 miles around mainland Great Britain. His latest book, World's Fittest Book features lessons learnt from 23 weeks at sea. To launch it, Edgley will embark on a UK tour sharing tales from the world's longest staged sea swim plus physical and mental fitness secrets.
Touring Feb–Jun. Book tickets.

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama
The powerhouse that is Michelle Obama released her memoir Becoming in November before taking her in-conversation styled event on tour across the USA. The show – much like the book – will see Michelle share first hand her extraordinary stories and intimate reflections on her accomplishments and experiences.
Sun 14 Apr at The O2, London. Book tickets for Michelle Obama.

Unmissable celebrity tours and talks to attend in 2019

image: Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen on Stage
The iconic actor is celebrating his 80th birthday with a specially curated tour, raising funds for the UK's regional theatres. The show will incorporate McKellen's wide range of roles from Gandalf to Shakespeare with anecdotes and audience participation thrown in.
Touring all year. Book tickets for Ian McKellen.

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt
As an award-winning comedian, Kay has sold out multiple Edinburgh Fringe runs, West End seasons and UK and international tours. His live show This Is Going to Hurt matches his bestselling book of the same name. Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor with a show made up of stand-up and music.
Touring April–August. Book tickets.

Michael Palin – Live on Stage: Erebus, Python and Other Stories
The legendary actor, comedian and presenter celebrates the launch of the paperback edition of his book Erebus: The Story of a Ship. The show covers the story of the HMS Erebus ship that informed the content of his book before a conversational second half. Palin discusses his multifaceted career, from school days to Monty Python, his adventures in the North Pole and North Korea.
Touring Jun–Jul. Book tickets for Michael Palin.

An Audience with Simon Reeve
The world-famous journalist tells personal tales from 15 years in the field. Reeve's anecdotes will be complemented by exclusive multimedia footage of his adventures, and attendees have the chance to put questions to him during a Q&A session that will follow the show.
Touring Mar–Nov. Book tickets for Simon Reeve.

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Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor)

Adam Kay, comedian, former doctor and author the best-selling This is Going to Hurt shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this hour of stand-up and music.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Fri 13 Aug


Sat 14 Aug


The Edinburgh Playhouse

Fri 13 Aug

£24–£34 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 14 Aug

£24–£34 / 0844 871 3014

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 11 Jul

£27.50 / 023 8071 1811

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An Evening with the Hairy Bikers

TV food broadcasters the Hairy Bikers (also known as Si King and Dave Myers) talk food, TV and more as they cook live on stage.

Sage Gateshead

Mon 22 Nov

Cancelled / 0191 443 4661

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time. The particle physicist is best known for his popular BBC series Wonders of … and non-fiction titles including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe.

3Arena, Dublin

Fri 15 Oct


AO Arena, Manchester

Fri 29 Oct

£0–£47 / 0844 847 8000

Utilita Arena Birmingham

Sat 2 Oct

£37–£47 / 0871 945 6000

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Michael Palin

The Python turned adventurer discusses his life and (highly enviable) career.

An Audience with Simon Reeve

The journalist sets out on his first-ever tour to discuss the many fascinating adventures he has undertaken.

Ian McKellen on Stage

Sir Ian McKellen celebrates his 80th birthday by touring the UK with a brand new solo show, with profits benefiting different causes at each location.

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

The former First Lady comes to the UK on her global book tour for 'Becoming'.