Barry Humphries returns to the UK & West End in THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK



Celebrated Australian performer Barry Humphries will take British audiences on a revelatory trip through his colourful life and theatrical career when he tours the UK in April & May 2022 with Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask.

He will also play the West End at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR, on Sunday 29 May and Sunday 5 June.

In an intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and
occasionally outrageous stories – Australia’s best loved entertainer will be peeling off his mask to introduce the man behind the clown.

For more than 60 years, Humphries has held a mirror to Australia and Australians, revealing their virtues, their foibles, their triumphs and their failings through a gallery of adored characters, including Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Paterson and Sandy Stone.

Now he will spin the mirror around, exposing his own highs and lows, the good times and the not so good. Themes include Humphries’ Australian childhood, family relationships, attitudes, career, and his experiences as one of the world’s most acclaimed entertainers.

Audiences can expect a virtuoso, comic, solo performance filled with laughter, drama and surprise.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and the magic of technology may even allow appearances – or interruptions – by unexpected guests.

Humphries can’t wait to introduce the British to this new phase in his creative life, “I’m rather proud of what I’ve done in my career. It’s constantly surprising, it’s very stimulating and it’s wonderful to look back on, and to look forward to. It’s still going strong, and with a vengeance.”

2022 Tour Dates
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 April NOTTINGHAM Nottingham Playhouse
Wednesday 13 April YORK Grand Opera House
Sunday 17 & Monday 18 April BATH Theatre Royal
Thursday 21 – Satrday 23 April GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Monday 25 April RICHMOND Richmond Theatre
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April EASTBOURNE Devonshire Park Theatre
Sunday 1 May BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Rep
Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 May SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
Thursday 5 & Friday 6 May MALVERN Malvern Theatre
Sunday 8 May BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 May CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
Friday 13 May CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre
Sunday 15 May NORWICH Theatre Royal
Tuesday 17 May BUXTON Buxton Opera House
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 May NORTHAMPTON Royal and Derngate
Wednesday 25 May BOURNEMOUTH Pavilions Theatre
Friday 27 May YEOVIL Octagon

Sunday 29 May & Sunday 5 June LONDON Gielgud Theatre