Ned Boulting, ITV’s lead Tour de France commentator, will be returning to theatres nationwide this Autumn with his one-man stage show based on everything to do with cycling.
“Re-Tour de Ned” is a very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) that will need to be deployed to win the biggest bike race in the world – the Tour de France.
The 29-date tour will travel up and down the country, starting at the Quad Theatre, Plymouth, Devon on 8th October, taking in no less than four stops in Yorkshire, and ending at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms on 13th November.
Ned Boulting’s love affair with the Tour de France began in 2003, and the 2022 edition will be his twentieth time working behind the mic at the world’s biggest cycle race.
“My last stage show tour was in 2018 so I’m excited to be getting back out there. Along the way, there will be time to call to mind the greatest racers of the age and to do hopelessly bad impressions of them. There will be scope to celebrate all that is French about France, and all that is Tourish about the Tour: Stuff like ignoring 12th-century cathedrals, peeing at the side of the road, pushing spectators over, punching demonstrators and generally behaving like a shaven-legged hooligan for a month while riding over entire mountain ranges!
Join me for another ride through the peaks and troughs of the silliest and the grandest month of the year. I’ll hand out copious, thoroughly unreliable, advice on How To Win The Tour de France. Or if not that, then at least How To Watch It On The Telly!”Ned Boulting
David Millar, former pro cyclist, and Ned’s Tour de France co-commentator for the last 8 years comments:
“If it’s anything like the previous editions then you’re guaranteed to leave the theatre with a smile on your face. Ned provides a fantastic look behind the scenes at the Tour and you’ll get a small insight into what I must put up with travelling around France with Ned for a month every July!”
I reviewed Ned Boulting’s Bikeology stage show in 2018 after attending at Stafford – the monologues with the build-ups and crescendos about cycling were well worth seeing. I even got to join in, going on stage to answer questions against the clock and getting an autographed copy of Ned’s legendary book – How I Won the Yellow Jumper.
The 2022 edition of the Tour de France starts on 1st July with the first of three stages in Denmark before finishing on the Champs-Elysees, 21 stages later, on 24th July. Ned then has just ten weeks to write, develop and perfect the show before the first doors open on 8th October.
- 29 date tour starts in Plymouth on 8th October, travels to 21 counties across the nation, and ends in Edinburgh on 13th November
- Tickets available exclusively through www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/ned-boulting