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Michael Palin Heads to Charter Hall for the first date of his UK tour 2022: ‘From North Korea into Iraq’

PUBLISHED: 22 July 2022

Date issued: 22 July 2022

Colchester Events is delighted to announce that Michael Palin, the Monty Python legend and intrepid globetrotter, is coming to Charter Hall this autumn, bringing tales of two of the most extraordinary journeys hes ever made.

His new solo tour, 'From North Korea Into Iraq' begins in Colchester on 1 October 2022 for the first of just ten UK dates which finish in Edinburgh on 21 October.

'From North Korea Into Iraq' will see Michael deliver first-hand accounts of journeys through two countries on the dark side of history. Both named by President George Bush as being part of the Axis of Evil. Using photos and film shot at the time, he will tell the story of his challenging adventures in the tightly controlled time bomb that is the People's Republic of North Korea, and the bruised land of Iraq, once the home of civilisation, torn apart over the last thirty years by brutal war and bloodshed.

These two countries are often portrayed as international pariahs, and two of the last places you'd want to visit, but for Michael, the best part of travelling is looking behind the headlines and getting to know what life is really like for the people who live there.

Michael Palin said: "We shouldn't forget that we share a common humanity with the people of North Korea and Iraq and in both these tough and difficult countries we found, as you will see, humour and hope, ambition, expectation, warmth, hospitality and extraordinary resilience.  These journeys were for me a total eye-opener. 'From North Korea Into Iraq' may take you out of your comfort zone but I hope, like me, that once we've travelled together, your feelings about these two countries, and the wider world we share, will never be quite the same again."

Cllr Adam Fox, Portfolio Holder for Local Economy & Transformation and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “Charter Hall is widely recognized as an outstanding venue for music and comedy but fewer people know it’s also a great place to hear celebrity talks and lectures.  In recent months the venue has welcomed Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Fogle, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse and I’m sure audiences from across the region will now relish the opportunity to come to Colchester to enjoy an evening in the truly entertaining company of Michael Palin.”  

This tour will be accompanied by Michael's new book, 'Into Iraq', published by Hutchinson Heinemann on 15 September and a major Channel 5 documentary series of the same name, which begins on 22 September.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 22 July – visit colchester-events.co.uk/event/michael-palin/
 

Page last reviewed: 22 July 2022

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