BOSSES at Scarborough’s historic Futurist Theatre have welcomed the news that Billy Connolly has added two extra dates at the venue next year.
The Scottish comedian, who last visited Scarborough in 2007, will perform on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22, and tickets will be available from Friday.
Barrie Stead, who runs the seafront venue, said the comic liked Scarborough and more intimate venues such as the Futurist. He said: “The last time he was here he said he liked to go for walks along the coast.
“He’s always enjoyed coming to the Futurist. He’s a very talented guy and he doesn’t enjoy doing auditoriums – he likes theatres.”
He added that the two shows could bring more than 4,000 extra people into the area and provide a much needed boost for the local economy. He said: “Of course people do arrive early and they look for something to eat, visit the pubs or look around the shops. What else can do that for Scarborough – particularly in January?”
His appearance is another coup for the Foreshore Road theatre, which attracted the nationally acclaimed Calendar Girls production earlier this year.
Billy Connolly, who is also known for his music and acting, starts his tour in Leicester on January 15 and Scarborough will be the third venue on the tour.