Rick Wakeman announces special socially-distanced show at London’s Palladium this November

20 October 2020
By Ellie Palmer
Featuring songs from YES, David Bowie, The Beatles & music with a festive twist

Pianist issue 95 cover star Rick Wakeman will perform his brand-new show, 'The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show', at London’s The Palladium on Friday 27 November.

This one-off intimate performance will take place in advance of Rick’s original Christmas tour which has now been rescheduled to November/December 2021.

Commenting on what the audience can expect from his upcoming show, Rick says, "Like so many people, I'm fed up with hearing doom and gloom from the media and indeed everywhere. I am first in positivity mode and there will not be one word of doom-mongering in the show. Simply music and I hope, lots of laughter... plus an element of audience participation. Being my only Christmas show, I want it to be a lovely occasion for us all."

Joining the keyboard wizard at The Palladium will be special guest (and Rick’s son) Adam Wakeman. 

"Adam is a fantastic keyboard player and a very accomplished guitarist as well," comments Rick. "He has worked for many bands and artists over the years and for the last 20 years has been a part of Ozzy Osbourne’s band and Black Sabbath as well. We have worked together on quite a few occasions and recorded a few albums together . We have a great understanding of how we play together and also his wicked sense of humour will play a big part in the evening as “friendly” insults fly back and forth."


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Next year’s re-scheduled show dates – in November & December 2021 – will follow on from the 2019 sell-out Christmas tour, and will see Rick embark on another festive foray around the UK


The show at The London Palladium will fully comply with the Government's current Coronavirus and social distancing guidelines. Across the theatre the seating has been reconfigured to ensure that audience bubbles are seated at least 1m apart. This includes re-spacing rows in the stalls to guarantee a 1m distance in front and behind and beside each group.

Asked whether the size of the audience will affect his show, Rick comments, "Smaller in size is never a problem as regards atmosphere... the social distancing is bound to have an initial effect and i hope that people will soon forget about it and just have a great time."

He continues, "The entertainment industry has been decimated over the last few months and so we need to do as much as we can to keep music alive wherever and whenever possible."

You can book your tickets to Rick Wakeman's 'The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show' by visiting www.myticket.co.uk

For more information on social distancing at The London Palladium go to: lwtheatres.co.uk/lw-theatres-audience-guide/