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Gyles Brandreth – Break A Leg



After a hugely successful five star-rated run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and a sell-out 2019 UK tour, Gyles Brandreth has rescheduled his one-man show Break A Leg for 2022.

Brandreth is back on the road, adding a host of new venues to his schedule, across the UK from September until June next year.

An actor, author, ex-MP, broadcaster, and now acclaimed stand-up comedian, his show is a riotous celebration of all things theatrical.

This show is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he’s known and the theatre stories that have made him laugh – and occasionally cry.

Without hesitation or repetition (but just a touch of deviation) Gyles delivers a dazzling two hours of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy and hilarious name dropping.

They say that all political careers end in tears, but in the case of Gyles Brandreth, it’s tears of laughter as his glittering career goes from strength to strength.

He won the ‘Most Popular Show At The Fringe Award’ when he first took a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received a record number of five star reviews every time he’s appeared at the Pleasance, with even more ‘sold out’ signs appearing outside venues during the first leg of his UK tour earlier this year.



Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, actor, former MP and lord commissioner of the Treasury, now chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain’s most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers.

A star of Celebrity Gogglebox, a veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, on stage he has appeared in pantomime, in Shakespeare, as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and in his own musical revue in London’s West End.

His many books include seven Victorian murder mysteries – featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle as his detectives and two recent best-sellers: The 7 Secrets of Happiness and his celebration of good English, punctuation, spelling and grammar ‘Have You Eaten Grandma?’

His latest book, released in September 2019, is about the power, pleasure and importance of learning poetry by heart: Dancing by the Light of the Moon.




“A fantastically funny and fascinating way to spend an hour”

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

“Sublime, uplifting comedic storytelling from a master of his craft”

★★★★ Fringe Review

“An entertaining romp through British entertainment history”

★★★★ Voice Mag

“Gyles is a natural raconteur and it is a treat to listen to”

★★★★ One4Review

“If you see just one show at the Fringe, it should be this one”

UK Theatre Network





12th September 2021

Worcester, Huntingdon Hall / 01905 611 427


17th September 2021

London, The Cadogan Hall / 020 7730 4500


18th September 2021

Crewe, The Lyceum Theatre / 01270 368242


27th September 2021

Camberley, The Camberley Theatre / 0176 707600


3rd October 2021

Walsall, The Forest Arts Centre / 0300 555 2898


21st March 2022

Bracknell, The South Hill Park Arts / 01344 484 123


1st April 2022

London, Leicester Square / 020 7734 2222


2nd April 2022

London, Leicester Square / 020 7734 2222


3rd April 2022

Wellingborough, The Castle Theatre / 01933 270007


9th April 2022

Harrogate, The Harrogate Theatre / 01423 502116


10th April 2022

High Wycombe, The Swan Theatre / 01494 512000


14th April 2022

Southport, Atkinson Arts Centre  / 01704 533333


16th April 2022

Buxton, The Opera House / 01298 72190


17th April 2022

Bury St Edmunds, The Apex / 01284 758000


22nd April 2022

Chelmsford, The Civic Theatre / 01245 605 505


23rd April 2022

Exeter, The Corn Exchange / 01392 665938


24th April 2022

Torquay, Babbacombe Theatre / 01803 328 385


1st May 2022

Wimborne, The Tivoli Theatre / 01202 849103


6th May 2022

Taunton, Taunton Brewhouse / 01823 283 244


7th May 2022

Reading, The Hexagon 0118 960 6060


8th May 2022

Portsmouth, The New Theatre Royal / 023 9264 9000


14th May 2022

Dorking, The Dorking Halls / 01306 881717


21st May 2022

Launceston, Launceston Town Hall / 01566 773693


22nd May 2022

Plymouth, The Red House Theatre / 01752 221927


27th May 2022

Nottingham, The Nottingham Playhouse / 0115 3419419


28th May 2022

Durham, The Gala Theatre / 03000 266 600


29th May 2022

Leeds, City Varieties Music Halls / 0113 243 0808


30th May 2022

Broxbourne, The Spotlight / 01992 441946


5th June 2022

Yeovil, The Octagon Theatre / 01935 422884


6th June 2022

Richmond, Richmond Theatre / 0333 009 6690


12th June 2022

St Albans, Alban Arena / 01727 844488





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