Lenny snubs home town

Anger that his tour skips Dudley

Lenny Henry has disappointed fans in the Black Country by leaving his home town off his latest tour schedule.

The comic says he will be skipping Dudley because it lacks a proper theatre.

But the town does have a 1,000-seater concert hall that has previously staged shows by the likes of Ken Dodd.

Fellow Black Country comedian Tommy Mundon said Dudley people would feel snubbed by Henry’s decision.

‘If it is good enough for Ken Dodd, it is good enough for Lenny Henry,’ he said. ’I think he owes it to Dudley to come back and the concert hall would be ideal.’

Henry’s nearest gig in his Where You From tour – which ties in with a BBC documentary about regional humour – will be at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton.

Henry, 48, told the Wolverhampton Express & Star: ‘It’s a theatre show and so we tend to only do theatre gigs. I’m really sad there’s no theatre in Dudley. What can we do about it?’

Published: 30 Nov 2006

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