Bruce Forsyth is coming to a theatre near you

The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter stands by his assurance that he's "not retiring quite yet" by announcing a string of live theatre shows

Bruce Forsyth may have recently announced his retirement from Strictly Come Dancing, but don’t go thinking that means the veteran entertainer will be putting his feet up.


Instead, Brucie is planning a string of live theatre shows. 

The 86-year-old performer is set to present an evening “of comedy, piano, dance and song” on three dates across the UK in May and June of this year. 

He will be supported by musicians Don Hunt and Dave Arch, who is currently the musical director of Strictly Come Dancing’s house band.

Forsyth began his long and illustrious career in theatre shows, and returned to the stage at both Glastonbury festival and the Royal Albert Hall last year.  

Forsyth, who has been Tess Daly’s Strictly co-host since the show’s inception, will not return to the 13-week series, which is comprised of live Saturday night shows, when it returns to BBC1 later this year. He announced his departure last week, saying: “After 10 wonderful years and 11 series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows. I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come.

“Before anyone asks…. I am not retiring quite yet!” 

Forsyth’s show Bruce Forsyth Entertains will be at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on 11 May, The Bristol Hippodrome on 1 June and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on 7 June.