After two years away from the limelight, comedian Peter Kay is to return to the stage to perform two special charity shows.
The Phoenix Nights and Car Share star will host two live Q&As to raise funds for Laura Nuttall, who has brain cancer. The shows will take place on August 7 and the O2 Apollo in Manchester.
Twenty-year-old Laura was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer – called glioblastoma multiforme – almost two years ago, whilst studying at King’s College London, after a brain scan revealed she had six tumours.
She is currently undergoing immunotherapy in Germany, in conjunction with a costly complex cell vaccination programme, with each injection costing £27,000.
Laura’s mother, Nicola, said that the family received an unexpected call from Kay, soon after the diagnosis. Nicola had previously met the comedian twenty years ago when she worked at Granada television.
Nicola explained: “He just called up out of the blue and said, ‘How can I help?'” She added that the family have met with Kay for lunch throughout the pandemic to talk about fundraising and ways to raise awareness of brain tumours.
Reacting to Kay’s announcement, Laura said she was “so incredibly grateful” for his involvement, adding: “I still can’t quite believe this is really happening!”
Laura, who is now studying philosophy, politics and economics at Manchester University, will be in attendance at the shows in August.
The announcement of the charity gigs marks a rare live appearance for Kay after the comic cancelled all future work projects in 2017 due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.
He made a brief appearance in 2018 with the finale of his BBC TV show Car Share but has not performed in front of a live audience since.
A string of “dance-a-thons” was due to be hosted by Kay at venues across the UK last year but the tour was cancelled due to the pandemic. Kay’s last foray into the spotlight was an appearance on Cat Deeley’s BBC Radio 2 show in January to talk about his love of music, mixtapes and the musical show Mamma Mia.