Peter Kay made his hotly-anticipated return to the stage on Good Friday – after largely stepping out of the public eye for the last five years.

The comedian, 48, performed his first Dance For Life show at Manchester Central Convention Complex – marking his first tour since the record-breaking The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour…Now On Tour, which wrapped in late 2011.

In a new snap, the star could be seen wearing an 80s-inspired ensemble of a multicoloured headband, a record-print jacket and gold lurex joggers as he gleefully addressed the crowds. 

The star has not performed a show since cancelling a huge 14-month stand-up tour in 2017  citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’ 

There he is! Peter Kay made his hotly-anticipated return to the stage on Good Friday – after largely stepping out of the public eye for the last five years

The tour profits will be donated to Cancer Research UK, with the event billed as ‘the dance-a-thon party that will change lives.’

They feature singing and dancing performances from Peter, with further scheduled performances in London and Liverpool.

Inside shots from the fun-filled night saw Peter take his place behind the DJ decks while vintage clips of his Channel 4 sitcom, Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere, played on the big screen. 

Last month Peter joined Instagram to promote his new tour. 

Light show: A light show lit up the stage as Manchester welcomed the comedian

Light show: A light show lit up the stage as Manchester welcomed the comedian

Go for it: Inside shots from the fun-filled night saw Peter take his place behind the DJ decks while vintage clips of his Channel 4 sitcom, Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere, played on the big screen

Go for it: Inside shots from the fun-filled night saw Peter take his place behind the DJ decks while vintage clips of his Channel 4 sitcom, Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere, played on the big screen

Sighting: Peter was in his element as he waved at the crowds during his return

Sighting: Peter was in his element as he waved at the crowds during his return

Wouldn't miss it: Crowds packed out the show as they celebrated Peter's return

Wouldn’t miss it: Crowds packed out the show as they celebrated Peter’s return

Good to see you: The comedian, 48, performed his first Dance For Life show at Manchester Central Convention Complex - marking his first tour since the record-breaking The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour...Now On Tour, which wrapped in late 2011 (pictured 2011)

Good to see you: The comedian, 48, performed his first Dance For Life show at Manchester Central Convention Complex – marking his first tour since the record-breaking The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour…Now On Tour, which wrapped in late 2011 (pictured 2011)

In demand: Crowds packed out the convention space as Peter returned to the stage

In demand: Crowds packed out the convention space as Peter returned to the stage

In demand: Crowds packed out the convention space as Peter returned to the stage

A pair of tweets from Peter’s official Twitter account, the first since September 2021, shared a link to his new Instagram, reading: ‘Peter is now on Instagram please give him a follow his new official account.’ 

The new Instagram account only has two photos – a shot of Peter and a promo poster for his show, Peter Kay’s Dance for Life. 

‘Extra tickets just released for Peter Kay’s Dance for Life in Manchester and Liverpool,’ the caption teased.  

Here he is: Last month Peter joined Instagram to promote his new tour

Here he is: Last month Peter joined Instagram to promote his new tour

Promo: A pair of tweets from Peter's official Twitter account, the first since September 2021, shared a link to his new Instagram, reading: 'Peter is now on Instagram please give him a follow his new official account'

Promo: A pair of tweets from Peter’s official Twitter account, the first since September 2021, shared a link to his new Instagram, reading: ‘Peter is now on Instagram please give him a follow his new official account’

It comes after Peter made his long-awaited return to the stage last year, receiving a standing ovation following his three-year absence.

The comedian appeared at a charity gig at Manchester’s O2 Apollo in August and fans were delighted to see him.  

Surprised by the reaction, he told the crowd: ‘I’ve never in my life had a standing ovation when I came on. I’m going to go away for four more years.’ 

Peter cancelled his tour in December 2017, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’, and made a brief return to the stage the following year when he made a surprise appearance at a charity screening of his series Car Share.

The tour was due to run across the UK and Ireland from April 2018 through to summer 2019 – and Kay had only announced it one month earlier. 

Social media: The new Instagram account only has two photos – a shot of Peter and a promo poster for his show, Peter Kay's Dance for Life

Social media: The new Instagram account only has two photos – a shot of Peter and a promo poster for his show, Peter Kay’s Dance for Life

Reaction: Fans of the star were quick to express their delight at the news, saying they were looking forward to the shows

Reaction: Fans of the star were quick to express their delight at the news, saying they were looking forward to the shows

But he said on December 13, 2017: ‘Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

‘This unfortunately includes my upcoming standup tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.  

‘My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.’  

He had previously been due to make a comeback with the series of Dance For Life shows to raise money for Cancer Research UK in April and May 2020.

But the events had to be postponed in March last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kay did however release a special audio-only episode of his comedy Car Share with co-star Sian Gibson in April last year in an attempt to ‘cheer people in some way’. 

He also made a brief return last January when he called into Cat Deeley’s new BBC Radio 2 programme, as they discussed the New Year and embarrassing stories. 

Kay’s fans had raised concerns for his health after his appearance on the BBC’s Big Night In back in April 2020, with some saying he looked ‘far from 100 per cent’.  

Last September, it emerged his absence from the public eye had seen money continue to roll into Good Night Vienna Productions, the firm he established in 1999.

Described as a ‘writing, performing and TV production’ business, its shareholder funds were £24.8million by the end of March 2020 – £1million up on the year before. 

Some £23.3million of the company’s funds were held in ‘cash in bank and in hand’, while its only reported spending was limited to just £1,495 – on ‘motor vehicles’. 

Kay, whose 2010-11 tour made it into the Guinness World Records after he performed to more than 1.2million people, lives with his wife Susan and their three children. 

Talented: The Bolton-born comic received a standing ovation as he appeared on stage at Manchester's O2 Apollo during a Q&A last August (pictured in 2021)

Talented: The Bolton-born comic received a standing ovation as he appeared on stage at Manchester’s O2 Apollo during a Q&A last August (pictured in 2021)

Exciting: Kay recorded an audio-only version of Car Share in April 2020 with his co-star Sian Gibson

Exciting: Kay recorded an audio-only version of Car Share in April 2020 with his co-star Sian Gibson



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