First solo tour now Dawning

Dawn French
Dawn French

Dawn French, the Queen of British comedy, has announced her first-ever solo tour, and it will come to Sheffield Lyceum on June 5 to 8.

The award-winning actor, best-selling novelist and all-round very funny lady has written a new show, based on her life and career, called 30 Million Minutes.

The UK tour previews in Sheffield on Thursday, June 5. Tickets for all dates go on sale at 9am tomorrow, Friday.

30 Million Minutes will consist of “various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in”, as Dawn takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure.

Dawn’s advice is to book quickly as she is convinced it won’t be long before she is far too doolally to perform it!

Her publicity company says: “The evidence is there for all to see. She is already three-quarters certifiably daft.

“The other quarter is utterly bewildered. And the remaining quarter simply can’t do maths.

“With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French of Cornwall shares 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.”

They added: “It’s also worth coming if only to finally witness what size she actually is. Can we believe the stolen images of so many women’s magazines? What is the truth?

“Is she so unfeasibly large that she can hardly live? Or does she sleep in a matchbox? Marvel at how one woman can mercilessly murder so much chocolate, and yet remain so curiously slim…”

Dawn said: “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: or call 0114 249 6000.