Peter Kay takes Phoenix Nights to the stage
23rd February 2015
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Channel 4’s popular comedy Phoenix Nights, starring Peter Kay, has taken to the stage in aid of raising money for Comic Relief. The loveable comedian’s character, Brian Potter, is a wheelchair-using club owner, and has been said to make a dramatic entrance on a home stairlift in the opening scene according to reviews.
Phoenix Nights originally hit television screens back in 2001, with the final episode airing in 2002, but has been brought back to life on stage in order to help the charities supported by Comic Relief. The show features the full original cast from the series, including big names such as Paddy McGuinness, Dave Spikey and Justin Moorhouse.
Stage production proves to be a huge hit despite actor’s health scare
Ted Robbins collapsed on stage during the opening performance of Phoenix Nights Live and was taken to hospital, where he has since been recovering from a heart condition. In more recent performances, the actor has been seen during the show via a video link from his hospital bed.
For those unfamiliar with the comedy series, Phoenix Nights is set inside a nightclub, and follows the lives of a number of characters, including the staff and visitors. The live show is slightly different and mimics a variety performance show complete with various acts from the comedy’s cast members and is compered by Brian Potter.
This is not the first time that Peter Kay has performed at the arena, taking to the same stage during his Guinness Record-breaking stand-up tour, as well as working in the arena as a steward before pursuing his career in comedy.
The fifteen shows ran until 16th February at Manchester Arena, and received a great response from fans of the show, despite concerns about the transformation of the concept from television screens to live on stage.
Check out our article ‘Stairlifts on the screen’ to see the Phoenix Nights stairlift in action!
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