Ned Boulting’s 1923 And All That: From Film Discovery to Theatre Stage

ITV’s lead Tour de France commentator, Ned Boulting, is set to captivate audiences nationwide with his one-man stage show, “Ned Boulting’s Marginal Mystery Tour: 1923 And All That.” Inspired by a roll of film from the 1923 Tour de France, which he discovered during the Covid pandemic, Boulting’s show will embark on a 21-date UK tour starting in Hertford on the 22nd of October and concluding in Bromley on the 20th of November.

The show promises an engaging blend of detective story, murder mystery, costume drama, and French farce, as Boulting shares his unique and humorous perspective on the historic 1923 Tour. This theatrical offering delves into the hidden world of that year’s Tour de France, exploring the lives of its participants and the dramatic context of Europe between the wars.

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Boulting’s journey in creating the show began unexpectedly after a cycling accident left him housebound and in search of a project. The subsequent discovery of the old film not only led to the creation of his bestselling book “1923” but also inspired this theatrical adventure, mixing historical intrigue with the thrill of cycling.

Former professional cyclist and co-commentator David Millar praised Boulting’s unparalleled ability to bring such stories to life on stage, highlighting the show’s high production values and its appeal to both cycling fans and theatre-goers alike. Boulting himself expressed excitement about returning to theatres to share these fascinating historical tales, woven together with his signature narrative flair.

For tickets and further details on the tour schedule, audiences can visit here.

Ned Boulting’s Marginal Mystery Tour Schedule

22nd OctoberHertford Theatre
23rd OctoberSwindon Wyvern
24th OctoberBristol Redgrave
25th OctoberHorsham Capitol
30th OctoberBuxton Pavilion
31st OctoberIlkley Kings Hall
1st NovemberLeeds City Varieties
2nd NovemberEdinburgh Queens Hall
5th NovemberShrewsbury Theatre
6th NovemberCoventry Warwick Arts
7th NovemberLoughborough Town Hall
8th NovemberLytham Lowther Pavilion
9th NovemberCrewe Lyceum
10th NovemberSalford Lowry
12th NovemberDorking Halls
13th NovemberExeter Northcott Theatre
14th NovemberFareham Live
17th NovemberSouthend Palace
18th NovemberBury St Edmunds Apex
19th NovemberCanterbury Gulbenkian
20th NovemberBromley Churchill Theatre