In April/May Australia and New Zealand will see the enigmatic Hugh Laurie and Copper Bottom Band touring. Some know Laurie only as an actor, some know him as a comedian, some know him only as a musician and he is also a writer and director. He’s only 54 but he has achieved a huge amount of critical acclaim, popularity and wealth.
Laurie was the leading man in the drama, House, from 2004 to 2012 where he picked up a string of awards and was listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the most watched man on television – and those sort of ratings can come with a pay cheque of $400,000 an episode. So, surmising that he doesn’t ‘need’ to work – this tour has to be one of love…
Laurie first came to prominence in the early 80’s, the last time he toured Down Under, as a comedian. In those days he appeared in shows like The Young Ones and Blackadder as well as being the other half to Stephen Fry in A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
These days Laurie’s passion is recording and performing an eclectic mix of blues, tango, Southern and South American music… and he combines it with perfectly timed delivery of incisive British humour. Over to you, Hugh…
‘We’re really excited to be coming to Australia to perform. The last time I was there was 1981, in a comedy show, and the world has changed a lot since then. I haven’t though. I’m exactly the same. It’s uncanny. Obviously, I’ll be hoping to restore some national pride after the Ashes. If anyone throws anything at me, I’ll lob up an easy catch to the balcony.’
Here are the venues and dates:
- The Civic, Auckland – April 15
- Michael Fowler Centre, Wellingoin – April 16
- Palais Theatre, Melbourne – April 19
- Royal Theatre, Canberra – April 22
- Thebarton Theatre Adelaide – April 24
- Concert Hall, Perh – April 26
- Concert Hall (QPAC), Brisbane – May 2
- State Theatre, Sydney – May 5
If you are travelling from out of town to be entertained by Hugh Laurie and Copper Bottom Band, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs. In New Zealand, we have Rydges Auckland and Rydges Wellington. In Melbourne there’s a choice of Rydges on Exhibition St in the CBD or Rydges on Swanston… in Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill… in Adelaide, Rydges South Park… in Perth there’s Rydges Perth … in Brisbane, Rydges South Bank is just across the road from QPAC…and, in Sydney, there’s Rydges World Square, Rydges North Sydney or, if you are flying in, Rydges Sydney Airport.