COMEDIAN Peter Kay has cancelled his upcoming UK tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.
In an official statement posted on Twitter, the stand-up comedian said: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.”
This will include the Bolton favourite’s upcoming dates around the UK, including the 22 dates scheduled at the Manchester Arena, Dance for Life and any other outstanding live work commitments.
Kay, who was preparing for his first stand up tour in eight years, said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.
“I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time.”
Statement from Peter Kay: pic.twitter.com/gYhZkq12Q1
— Peter Kay (@peterkay_co_uk) December 13, 2017
As Kay shared his “sincerest apologies”, words of support from his army of fans poured in on social media.
On Twitter, one follower said: “So sad that Peter Kay has had to cancel his tour. Family always comes first and people need to realise that.”
Whatever Peter Kay's 'unforeseen circumstances' are, it's serious enough to warrant cancelling a lucrative 100-date tour. Respect his and his family's privacy, and don't send him abuse. Fingers crossed for the whole family ❤ @peterkay_co_uk
— Ben Clarkson (@BGClarkson) December 13, 2017
The former Manchester Arena steward was set to perform more than 80 sold out shows around the UK, starting in Birmingham in April 2018 and concluding at the O2 in London in June 2019.
After selling out in seconds, the original 26 date schedule was extended to over 80 shows.
In 2010, Kay’s ‘The Tour That Didn’t Tour Tour’ became the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people over 102 shows.
The much-loved comedian recently opened the University of Salford’s New Adelphi Theatre, where he is alumni.
How can I get my ticket refunded?
Fans who purchased tickets for the tour should contact their point of purchase to find out full refund information.
Ticketmaster’s website says: “If an event’s been cancelled altogether, we’ll usually just refund your tickets automatically. We refund the face value plus the service charge for each ticket – you’ll see a credit onto your card within 15 days of us contacting you about the cancellation.”
The Gigs and Tours website says: “As soon as an event is officially cancelled we’ll contact you via the contact details you gave us when you booked your tickets, and explain what happens next.”
You are entitled to a full refund of the face value of a ticket and usually the booking fee if the organisers cancel the event.
The face value is the cost of the ticket as printed on it but without extras such as postage, administration and booking fees.