BOOK NOW FOR ALISTAIR'S NEW TOUR :
"INTRODUCTIONS TO CLASSICAL PIANO" -
APR 3 LUTON, The Bear Club
APR 4 BEDWORTH, Civic Hall
APR 23 YARM, Princess Alexandra Auditorium
APR 24 WITHAM, Barnard Castle
APR 26 SWINDON, Arts Centre
MAY 3 RICHMOND (Yorkshire), Geeorgian Theatre
MAY4 WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal
MAY 8 LONDON, Elgar Rooms (Albert Hall)
MAY 9 MAIDENHEAD, Norden Farm
MAY 16 BRISTOL, St George's Theatre
(MORE DATES TO BE ADDED !)
Alistair McGowan (born in Evesham on 24th November 1964) has worked in almost every area of showbusiness/the arts over his 27 year career. He is an impressionist, a stand-up comic, an actor, a pianist, a writer of sketches, articles, stage and radio plays but is still probably best known to British audiences for 'The Big Impression' which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA.
On Sept 29th 2017, despite having only played the piano in earnest for four years, he released, 'Alistair McGowan ; The Piano Album' through Sony Classical. It went to Number One in The Official Classical Charts and no 2 in the Classic FM chart and was John Brunning's Album of The Week.
After the success of the album, in 2018, he toured a highly-original, piano-based show called, 'Introductions to Classical Piano' in which he played many of the pieces from the album and additional works by Gershwin, Debussy and Bill Evans among others - interspersed with stories about the composers, the pieces and his own classical 'journey' with more than a a sprinkling of wit and and a side-order of impressions. He thinks it is the first time an impression of Harry Kane has featured on the platform before a piece of Chopin. The show was very well-received and he will be touring again with it in 2019 (dates and venues above).
2018 saw him back on TV, providing voices for the critically-accalimed, impressions-based comedy show, 'The Week That Wasn't' on Sky One. He was one of the small number of comedians invited to perform for Prince Charles at his 70th birthday celebration on ITV1 and also took part in two episodes of ITV1's new panel show for impressionists, 'The Imitiation Game'.
He was heard providing voices, alongside Ronni Ancona, for 'Gaby's Talking Pictures' on Radio 4 - and the show will return later in the year after recording dates in February and March 2019.
He will be back on tour later in 2019 doing purely stand-up and impressions alongside Jasper Carrott ("An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan") - following a sell-out run at the end of 2018 which garnered universally good reviews for the pair.
In 2016, he wrote a one-man show called "Erik Satie's-faction" which he took to the Edinburgh Festival ('A perfect Edinburgh show', The Observer). A fascinating and moving assembly of Satie's own words and music, it saw McGowan making his piano-playing debut and followed on from an appearance at The Proms (as Satie) in 'A Satie Cabaret' alongside pianist Alexandre Tharaud. (Look out for another performance of 'Erik Satie's-faction' at The Music Hall in Aberdeen on March 16th 2019 with hopefully a few more outings later in the year.)
He will also be performing as Claude Debussy, alongside pianist Lucy Parham, in her show 'Reverie' - at the Barnes Music Festival on March 12th 2019. (He has also performed as Rachmaninov alongside Lucy Parham, in Lucy's show 'Elegie' at several venues around the country in the last two years.)
He has worked extensively in theatre throughout his career and appeared in the West End in 'Art', as The Emcee in 'Cabaret', the Mikado in 'The Mikado', Henry Higgins in 'Pygmalion' (twice on stage and once on Radio 4), The Dentist in 'Little Shop of Horrors' (for which he received an Olivier nomination) and received widespread critical acclaim for his performance in the title role of Jonathan Maitland's controversial play, 'An Evening With Jimmy Saville.' His last theatre outing was in November 2017 when he played First Voice in Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood' at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
As an actor on television, he played Piero de Medici in 'Leonardo' for CBBC and took the lead lead role in BBC1's 'Mayo' (co-writing several episodes) and is fondly remembered as Spock in Tim Firth's ground-breaking 'Preston Front'.
He has also appeared on the big screen as Nico in 'Driving Aphrodite' with Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss - mystifyingly, his only brush with Hollywood despite the review, "McGowan steals every scene he is in", (Hollywood Reporter.)
He has been a regular on Radio 4 comedies and dramas throughout his career and has played Boris Johnson, Alan Bennett and Richard Briers in 3 different 2-hander plays in the last few years and in 2016 played all 48 characters in 'Munchausen'.
'He wrote the play 'Timing' (nominated for 'Best New Comedy' at the whatsonstage.com awards), the radio plays 'Three Pieces In The Shape of a Pear' about Erik Satie (Radio 4 - Listen Here:), 'The Peregrinations of a Most Musical Irishman (about composer and pianist John Field), 'The 'B' Word' (about the fraught first production of George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' - which he is currently trying to turn into a film) and the book 'How To Wean Your Man Off Football' with former comedy partner, Ronni Ancona. He has also fronted documentaries on Radio 4 about two of his favourite composers - Satie and Field.
He is always fondly remembered by football fans, players and managers of a certain age for his groundbreaking 'Football Backchat' Videos with which he made his name in the mid-1990s.
He has directed Noel Coward's 'Semi-Monde' at The Guidhall School of Music and Drama and 'The Mikado' and 'Pirates of Penzance' for Raymond Gubbay. His love of classical music has also seen him introduce 'live' concerts for Radio 3 and twice feature as a guest on Radio 3's 'Essential Classsics'.
He presented ITV1's doomed sports comedy show 'You Cannot Be Serious' and has also featured on 'Bake Off For Comic Relief','Who Do You Think You Are', 'Mock The Week', 'Live At The Apollo', 'Countdown', 'The Chase' and is a 'Pointless Celebrities' winner, has presented occcasional pieces on 'The One Show' and began his career by providing voices for the iconic 'Spitting Image'.
The wife's not bad either!
Alistair married the singer, Charlotte Page, in June 2013 - You can watch her singing 'Losing My Mind' from Stephen Sondheim's Follies by clicking on the link below:
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Alistair continues to make forays into the world of classical music and will be taking his ground-breaking show, "Introductions To Classical Piano", out on tour again in the spring. In the show, he mixes stories about the composers of the fourteen-or-so pieces he plays with his trademark wit and impressions. It's a unique show - a totally new way of presenting classical music. It's the first time, to his knowledge, that an impression of Harry Kane has introduced a piece of Debussy but is very much classical piano with a little comedy - not comedy with music !
Dates and venues on the Home page.
Also, later in 2019, Alistair will be back out on tour doing his more regular stand-up show, alongside comedy legend Jasper Carrott.
He will also be recording six new episodes of 'Gaby's Talking Pictures' for Radio 4.
Look out for 'Alistair McGowan ; The Piano Album' (Sony Classical). Still available to download !
In 2019, Alistair also hopes to : improve his typing skills, make a 40 break at snooker and to try and take some sort of an interest in his website !