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John Barrowman announces 23-date UK tour

John Barrowman

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Barrowman, Britain’s most successful all-round entertainer, has announced a UK tour in support of his forthcoming third eponymous solo album.

The 23-date jaunt includes a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and tickets go on sale from Friday, March 5, at 10am.

Barrowman is easily one of the most familiar faces on British television and the West End stage.

Best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series’ Torchwood and Doctor Who, he has also been a judge on the award-winning BBC1 entertainment shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything.

The tour dates are (all October and November 2010:

1 – Oxford New Theatre
3 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
4 – London Royal Albert Hall
5 – Brighton Centre
7 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
8 – Swindon Oasis
10 – Ipswich Regent
11 – Hull City Hall
13 – Liverpool Philharmonic
14 – Sheffield City Hall
16 – Cardiff Arena
17 – Bristol Hippodrome
18 – Nottingham Royal Centre
19 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
21 – Plymouth Pavilions
22 – Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
23 – Portsmouth Guildhall
25 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
27- Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
28 – Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre
31 – Blackpool Opera House

1 – Newcastle City Hall
2 – Edinburgh Playhouse

Barrowman’s new album is made up of songs of his favourite moments from Cats, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys and Mack and Mabel to name a few.

The album is filled with instantly familiar classics – Memory, The Winner Takes It All, My Eyes Adored You – to the less immediately familiar, such as So Close, a spine-tingling duet with Jodie Prenger lifted from the recent Disney movie Enchanted and chosen for his niece Clare.

Also included is a beautiful version of You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel, a song which his mother sang to him as a child. Every track holds an emotional relevance for John.