10:48AM, Friday 21 April 2017
A legend of the airwaves has embarked on his first ever UK tour.
Despite Danny Baker’s original Cradle to the Stage tour end date being Saturday, April 1, the Wycombe Swan will host a later date for the Radio 5 Live show presenter.
“The stage has always been my first love,” he said. “Let me put that another way. I have never done anything like this before in my life.
“However, to travel from town to town addressing a fabulous gathering of like-minded chums each night seems to me exactly what Shakespeare would have done, had not the hefty rent at The Globe kept him in London. As a consequence, William Shakespeare toured about as frequently as Kate Bush.
“Well not me. I own very few theatres anymore and so I am now totally free to charge about here and there wowing the folks with my anecdotal back catalogue, games involving sausages and impressive six octave range.”
The BBC adapted Baker’s recent bestselling autobiographies into a series called Cradle to Grave, and he is now working on another.
He continued: “A night at the theatre can either be deep dish or high kicking.
“What I promise to haul before you is very much in the latter category.
“Content wise I will make Springsteen and Dodd look like short-changing slackers. I can’t wait. This is the sort of radio I’ve always wanted to do, ie, radio without radio. Just me and you. In fact, if you don’t show up I’m going to do it in your local theatre anyway.
“So you may as well come.
“I am back where I belong. On the stage! Shove over Tommy Steele – there’s a new sheriff in town! See you there.”
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