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Come and join us for An Evening With Michael Parkinson

We celebrate the life and career of a man who in over 50 years in the business, has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries and won awards for journalism, radio and television broadcasting.

In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson  

is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.


Date: Sunday 28th January 2018

Place: Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT

Tickets: http://bit.do/dQ3Hk

Box Office: 01206 573 948 or tickets@mercurytheatre.co.uk


Date: Tuesday 30th January 2018

Place: Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Tickets: http://bit.do/dQ3HF

Box Office: 01603 630 000


Date: Thursday 1st February 2018

Place: The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ

Tickets: http://bit.do/dQ3Jt

Box Office: 023 80613989


Date: Friday 9th February 2018 – Matinee and Evening Performance

Place: Harrogate Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Tickets: http://bit.do/dQ3MJ

Box Office: 01423 502 116 / boxoffice@harrogatetheatre.co.uk



Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018

Sir Michael is joining Gareth Malone, Grayson Perry, Jay Rayner & others for a charity event to help build a school in Afghanistan.  Ticket details below.  If you can’t attend, but would like to donate please click here http://bit.do/dUfYN

Place: New Theatre, George St, Oxford OX1 2AG

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2hGSuJz

Box Office: 0844 871 3020


Date: Sunday 11th March 2018

Place: Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

Tickets: http://bit.do/dQ3NM

Box Office: 020 8174 0090


Date: Sunday 1st April 2018

Place: Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD

Tickets: To be announced

Box Office: 0844 871 7650


Parkinson: At Crazy Coq

It’s the Parkinson show, but not like you’ve seen before.  Now it’s the turn of Mike Parkinson, the youngest son of Sir Michael, to host his very own chat show.   The first show has been confirmed

Date: Tuesday March 13th 2018

Guest: Barrie Rutter

In 1992 Barrie Rutter set up the Northern Broadsides company to play Shakespeare and other classical theatre pieces with a northern voice in non theatrical venues. 25 years later he’s still producing ground breaking productions whilst waging a campaign against political correctness, ‘velvet theatres’ and the way actors ‘murder’ the rhythm and beauty of Shakespearean verse.  Outspoken and bristling with honest opinion this will be a fascinating interview with a complex but visionary man.

Place: Brasserie Zédel, Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED

Tickets: http://bit.do/dVzU2

Box Office:  020 7734 4888


Date: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Guest: Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta CBE is a Cuban ballet dancer who has danced with many companies including the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  He was a permanent member of The Royal Ballet between 1998 and 2015.

Carlos came to prominence in the early 1990s while still in his teens, and North American and European dance companies began offering him lead romantic roles over the next decade.  With his fabled grace and athleticism, he has earned comparisons to Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolf Nureyev.

Place: Brasserie Zédel, Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED

Tickets: http://bit.do/dVzU2

Box Office:  020 7734 4888


Parkinson: Our Kind of Music

A journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performances from Joe Stilgoe.

Sir Michaels knowledge, passion and love of music in all its forms is celebrated in this show at London’s prestigious Palladium Theatre.  In conversation with his son Mike and with performances from the multi talented Joe Stilgoe using clips of classic musical moments from the Parkinson archive featuring performances and interviews with the likes of George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, this will be a fascinating, entertaining and informative journey to the musical heart of Sir Michael Parkinson.


Date: Saturday 7th April 2018

Place: The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2xSyLRD

Box Office: 01284 758 000


Date: Saturday 14th April 2018

Place: London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU5Ym

Box Office: 020 7087 7755


Date: Tuesday 17th April 2018

Place: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU5Yx

Box Office: 01980 280 800



Date: Saturday 21st April 2018

Place: Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU5Y9

Box Office: 0131 228 1155


Date: Sunday 22nd April 2018

Place: Glasgow Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU5Zw

Box Office: 0141 353 8000


Date: Sunday 29th April 2018

Place: The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU52e

Box Office: 0843 208 6000


Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018

Place: Lancaster Grand, St Leonardgate, Lancaster LA1

Tickets: http://bit.do/dU53j

Box Office: 01524 64695



Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Book  released by Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks November 2016

Michael and Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir gives the reader a ringside seat to the 4 times Sir Michael Parkinson interviewed Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was God’s Gift to the interviewer. Funny, articulate, outspoken with a fascinating life story, unparalleled talent and controversial views

These 4 interviews charted Ali’s life, revealing significant phases at different times, charting the rise and fall of this kaleidoscope of a man.   Parky will relive these meetings but also tell the unheard stories. The stories of how these interviews came to be, the feelings, thoughts and experiences of the researchers, producers and the other people present during the recordings, the way the interviewer felt during the interviews and the real reasons behind the very public falling out in the 1981 interview. It also gives chance for Sir Michael Parkinson to bring his award winning journalistic talents to bear on this extraordinary man and attempt to give a sober, proper honest assessment of a man who, it is for sure, we will never see his like again.

This is a unique eyewitness account of what many regard as the best Parkinson interviews ever.


My Kind of Music

Michael Parkinson: My Kind of Music
2CH 1170

2014 – 2015

Sir Michael is currently presenting Michael Parkinson: My Kind of Music on
the Australian radio station 2CH. This 32 part series features Sir Michael’s favourite artists and music.


“My Kind of Music is a series of shows featuring the kind of music I love – and hopefully you do too. What kind of music is that? Well the headline could be From Berlin to Liverpool. Or from Irving Berlin who was born a hundred years ago and helped create The Great American Songbook – some would argue he is The Great American Songbook – through jazz to rock ‘n’ roll and The Beatles and beyond. It’s a whistle stop tour of the composers, arrangers, songwriters and  performers that have personal significance as well as being the best at what they do. Enjoy”
Sir Michael Parkinson

Listen to clips from Michael Parkinson: My Kind of Music.

Parky’s Favourite Australians
Network Ten

May 2015

From 1979 until 1983 on the ABC and Channel 10, Michael Parkinson, produced over 70 editions of his talk show. In this time Parky managed to talk to most of the men and women who had shaped or were shaping Australia’s political, cultural and sporting landscape.

Parky’s Favourite Australians will take us on a highly personal, informative and entertaining tour of these interviews which paint a vivid, funny and sometimes poignant picture of an Australia at a vibrant and important time in its history. The cast list is impressive including the likes of Kerry Packer, Bob Hawke, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Paul Hogan, Sir Robert Helpmann, Barry Humphries, Jack Fingleton, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Ian Thorpe.


Watch Part One of Parky’s Favourite Australians:


Watch Part Two of Parky’s Favourite Australians: