Comedian Brian Conley is set to hit the road with his brand new tour - less than two weeks after his recent decision to leave EastEnders.
The soap star will be swapping Albert Square for the stage with his latest show, the 3rd Farewell Tour to Date, which will head out on a limited run from Sunday, September 24.
The eight-date tour includes a night at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on Sunday, October 29.
The news broke yesterday that the actor, who plays Rocky Cotton in the long-running soap, has allegedly quit the show.
Reports suggest that a row with TV executives has led to the shock exit, which would see the 62-year-old say goodbye to the character he has played since May 2021.
Alongside his role on EastEnders, the comic is best known for the Brian Conley Show, a comedy variety show and chat show which ran from 1992 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2002, and his record-breaking eight appearances on the Royal Variety Performance.
He has also starred in a number of musicals such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray and Jolson, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.
Over the Christmas period, the funnyman is often found performing in pantos up and down the country - including a starring role in Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre back in 2005.
His return to Dartford this October will see the TV personality bring comedy, live music and conversation to fans - that is, if the theatre is open.
Last week, the Orchard Theatre was forced to close its doors and cancel all of its September listings - including shows from the likes of Jimmy Carr and Harry Redknapp - after reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was discovered in the roof.
The website currently shows listings from Sunday, October 1 onwards, but the theatre has confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and it is too early to know whether next month’s performances will be impacted.
You can book tickets to Brian Conley’s tour here. Ticket holders will be notified if any upcoming shows at the Orchard Theatre are impacted by the investigation.
You can also book tickets by calling 03433 100033.