UnBranded opera

Jo drops out of Gilbert & Sullivan tour

Jo Brand has dropped out of the forthcoming tour of The Pirates of Penzance to concentrate on her TV work.

The comic had been scheduled to reprise her role of sergeant of police in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta, which she performed in the West End last year.

But now she has pulled out of the Carl Rosa Opera tour so she can co-write the new series of Getting On, her hospital-set comedy which was recommissioned this week.

The company said Brand was ‘very sorry about any inconvenience’ her decision may cause.

The role will be taken by Scottish comic Karen Dunbar in Richmond next month and Glasgow in November, while Paul Nicholas, from Eighties sitcom Just Good Friends, takes the role in Chichester in October.

Published: 21 Aug 2009

Today's comedy-on demand picks

SHAKE WITH LAUGHTER FOR PARKINSON’S UK:

The charity fundraiser, usually held at the Comedy Store, launches an online version, with Mick Ferry as host.

The bill comprises fellow circuit favourites  Eleanor Tiernan, Laura Lexx, Nathan Caton, Rob Deering and  Russell Kane, plus Paul Sinha, and Vicar Of Dibley writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, both of whom have the condition.

Click for more suggestions
... including the Good Ship comedy club and the return of Radio Wales panel show The Leak.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.