The stage adaptation of Bill Bryson’s memoir begins a major UK tour in January 2025. 

Actor Les Dennis who will star in Bill Bryson's Notes From A Small Island

Les Dennis will take to the stage in the production which opens at the Richmond Theatre in London next year. 

Notes From A Small Island spent three years in The Sunday Times bestsellers list and sold more than two million copies. BBC Radio 4 listeners also voted it as the book which best represents England.

The tour opens at the Richmond Theatre on Tuesday 14th January 2025 and is currently booking until July next year with venues including Milton Keynes Theatre, the Curve Theatre, Leicester, the Theatre Royal in Norwich and the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. 

The original creative team from the Watermill Theatre’s staging in 2020 are reuniting for the latest adaptation.

A poster promoting Bill Bryson's Notes From A Small Island

The play is based on Bill Bryson’s memoirs and about his trip around Britain before he left his much-loved Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years. 

About Les Dennis

Born in Liverpool, Les came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his act on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. More success in TV comedies followed in the 1980s when he starred in The Russ Abbot Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show, and formed a double-act with comedy partner Dustin Gee, cut-short by Dustin’s untimely death.

In recent years Les has enjoyed a career as an actor, starring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera and in several plays and musicals in the West End and on tour, as well as a regular role on Coronation Street

His theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Shakespeare North Playhouse), 42nd Street (Sadlers Wells & Tour), Spring & Port Wine (Bolton Octagon), Only Fools & Horses The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket), HMS Pinafore (ENO, Coliseum) and Hairspray (Coliseum). 

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