Antiques expert and BBC presenter David Harper hits the road with Unexpected Tales Tour
Famous for his colourful trousers, TV antiques expert David Harper is swapping the TV camera for the stage as he takes his one-man theatre show on tour.
David, who has been a regular on BBC programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip for more than a decade, has lined up 24 dates which will take him from Settle to Somerset during in the coming months, including a stop off in Halifax at Square Chapel Arts Centre on Sunday 15th September at 3pm.
Dubbed Unexpected Tales, David will treat audiences to all the funny behind the scenes gossip from some of the BBC’s most popular daytime and early evening shows, telling of his encounters with the famous faces he has appeared alongside for celebrity specials.
David Harper said: “You cannot believe what goes on in the world of art, antiques and in the making of television shows. You will not be expecting what you will hear.”
David added that the unscripted nature of his theatre show would make each one a unique experience.
“It is an interactive show and I never know where each story is going to go…or how far it will go,” he said. I have some ideas of what I want to talk about, but I often throw the topics open to the audience. It’s real seat of your pants stuff.”
Unexpected Tales is David’s first major theatre tour and follows the success of his first foray into stage work in his native North East.
“For many years, I’ve been giving talks for business groups, after dinner events and other presentations and I always enjoy them, so the next stage was to take what I do on tour through theatres. I bit the bullet and did a few live theatre shows to try it out to a different kind of audience, rather than organised groups. I absolutely loved it and the theatre atmosphere is fantastic.’’
David said that in those first few shows, the stories of what goes on behind the scenes, the charity events he gets invited to (he once sold dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson for the cost of an average house!) proved extremely popular with audiences and that had spurred him on to develop Unexpected Tales.
“People were interested in how things were put together, making the TV shows, how things could go wrong and the celebrities I had worked with. People also like to hear stories of the TV disasters, the antiques profits, the bigger losses, the fakes and the fabulous. It’s almost like trade secrets of making a TV programme…plus the unusual and unexpected spin off’s of being on TV”
For more information and press interviews, contact Sofia Cann, Marketing & Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 353 073
David Harper is a BBC Antiques presenter, based in Teesdale, County Durham
TV credits include The Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, For What It’s Worth, Celebrity Masterchef and The One Show.
High resolution pictures and an audio interview (MP3) with David are available.
For more information, go to www.david-harper.co.uk; Twitter: @davidharpertv; Facebook: @davidharperantiques
Unextected Tales tour dates
August 17: Bishop Auckland Town Hall
September 5: Doncaster Little Theatre
September 8: Alston Town Hall
September 12: Washington Arts Centre
September 15: Halifax Square Chapel Arts Centre
September 19: Oldham Coliseum Theatre
September 20: Darlington Hippodrome @Hullaballoo
September 21: Cockermouth The Kirkgate
October 20: Maidenhead Norden Farm
October 26: Helmsley Arts Centre
November 10: Settle Victoria Hall
November 13: Frome Memorial Theatre
November 14: Burnham-on-Sea Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
December 5: Teddington Landmark Arts Centre
December 8: Northallerton The Forum
December 15: Whitehaven Rosehill
January 16: Monmouth The Savoy Theatre
January 22: Pocklington Arts Centre
January 23: Hexham Queen’s Hall Arts Centre
January 26: Ilkley Playhouse
January 28: Alnwick Playhouse
February 1: Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre
February 2: Redhill Harlequin Theatre
February 26: Epsom Playhouse
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