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Benjamin Zephaniah Announces Autobiographical Theatre Tour


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Internationally renowned poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah will hit the road in May for his first solo UK tour in eight years. His shows start on 06 May at Bath Theatre Royal and will coincide with the publication of his autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, which is published by Simon and Schuster on 03 May. Tickets are on sale now, priced at  £22 and £25 (London) and are available from venues.

Professor Zephaniah will be reflecting on his remarkable life, a life that includes a close friendship with Nelson Mandela, a musical career that has included collaborations with Sinead O’Conner, and The Wailers, and his political campaigning. The poet who is one of Britain’s most popular writers, and is widely acknowledged as the peoples’ laureate said: ‘I’m looking forward to being back on the road with my new show – The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah.

‘I wrote my autobiography gradually, over six years, and wanted it to be a social history of Britain. It charts the struggle for racial equality in Britain, how I connected our struggle to global events, my friendships with the great and the good, and the cool and the bad, and oh yes, my life as a poet.

‘I’ll be sharing stories from the book when I’m on the road and look forward to visiting towns and cities across the UK in May and June 2018.

‘They say you’re supposed to mellow with age – but I haven’t. If anything, I just seem to be getting more militant.’

Zephaniah was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008 and was born and raised in Handsworth, in Birmingham. By the age of 15, his poetry was popular and he moved to London at 22. His tireless campaigning has seen him share political stages while he is an honorary patron of The Vegan Society and has received numerous honorary doctorates from British universities.

Tour info

06 May – Bath Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01225 448844
Tickets – £22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @TheatreRBath

12 May – Southampton Turner Sims
Box Office: 023 8059 5151
Tickets – £22 – £19.80
Twitter: @TurnerSims

20 May – Liverpool Philharmonic 
Box Office: 0151 709 3789
Tickets –  £22
Twitter: @LiverpoolPhil

23 May – Bury St Eds Apex
Box office: 01284 758000
Tickets –  £22
Twitter: @TheApexVenue

27 May – Hove The Old Market
Box office: 01273 201801
Tickets  – £22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @TOMVenue

31 May – Lincoln Drill Hall
Box office: 01522 873894
Tickets  – £12-£22
Twitter: @LincDrillHall

01 June – Milton Keynes Stables
Box office: 01908 280800
Tickets  – £22
Twitter: @StablesMK

02 June – Norwich Playhouse
Box office: 01603 612580
Tickets – £22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @NorwichPlay

08 June – Edinburgh Queens Hall
Box office: 0131 668 2019
£22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @Queens_Hall

09 June – Gateshead Sage
Box office: 0191 443 4666
Tickets – £24
Twitter: @Sage_Gateshead

10 June – Nottingham Glee Club
Box Office: 0871 472 0400
Tickets – £22
Twitter: @TheGleeClub

14 June – Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
Box Office: 01743 281281
Tickets – £23.50 (£21.50 concessions)
Twitter: @TheatreSevern

15 June – Birmingham Town Hall
Box office: 0121 780 3333
Tickets – £25
Twitter: @THSHBirmingham

16 June – London Union Chapel
Tickets – £25
Twitter: @UnionChapelUK

17 June – Cardiff Glee Club
Box Office: 0871 472 0400
Tickets – £22
Twitter: @GleeCardiff

23 June – Manchester Royal Northern College of Music
Box Office: 0161 907 5555
Tickets – £22
Twitter: @RNCMVoice

26 June – Leicester The Curve
Box Office: 0116 242 3595
Tickets – £22, £21, £20
Twitter: @CurveLeicester

30 June – Ledbury Festival
Box Office: 01531 636232

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