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Interview: Rhod Gilbert on his The Book of John tour

Watch the Welsh comedian open about the tour as he adds more dates.

Due to incredible demand, Rhod Gilbert has added more dates to his mammoth The Book of John tour.

The newly announced shows see John take to the stage at theatres across the UK throughout April, May, June and July 2020, as well as at special South Wales gig taking place at Swansea’s Grand Theatre on 28 February 2020. See the full list of tour dates below.

In the interview above, Rhod opens up on how this new tour is his most personal yet, why he’s enjoying stand-up comedy for the first time in his career, and why he owes his return to a man called John.


Rhod Gilbert: The Book Of John tour dates

2 February 2020 – Empire, Liverpool
15 February 2020 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
16 February 2020 – Brighton Dome
22 February 2020 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
23 February 2020 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
24 February 2020 – Arena, St Albans
29 February 2020 – Lakes Leisure Centre, Kendal
1 March 2020 – The Lowry, Salford
4 March 2020 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
5 March 2020 – Town Hall, Leeds
6 March 2020 – Victoria Theatre, Halifax
8 March 2020 – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
12 March 2020 – Olympia, Dublin
13 March 2020 – Opera House, Cork
28 March 2020 – G Live, Guildford
29 March 2020 – Marlowe, Canterbury
30 March 2020 – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
2 April 2020 – Grove Theatre, Dunstable
3 April 2020 – Villa Marina, Isle Of Man
4 April 2020 – Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
6 April 2020 – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
19 April 2020 – Pavilion, Weymouth
20 April 2020 – Octagon, Yeovil
21 April 2020 – Hexagon, Reading
22 April 2020 – Pavilion, Bournemouth

Newly added shows

28 February 2020 – Grand Theatre, Swansea *Tickets on sale now
25 April 2020 – Princess Theatre, Torquay
26 April 2020 – The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
30 May 2020 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
4 June 2020 – Concert Hall, Aberystwyth
6 June 2020 – Warwick Arts Centre
7 June 2020 – Milton Keynes Theatre
8 June 2020 – Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
11 June 2020 – G Live, Guildford
13 June 2020 – Congress Centre, Eastbourne
18 June 2020 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
19 June 2020 – William Aston Hall, Wrexham
26 June 2020 – Watford Colosseum
27 June 2020 – Bristol Hippodrome
30 June 2020 – Kings Theatre, Glasgow
10 July 2020 – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
11 July 2020 – City Hall Salisbury


Born in Carmarthen, Wales, Gilbert first got into professional comedy back in 2002 after he participated in the Amused Moose Stand and Deliver course, which he credits his girlfriend for pushing him to do.

Soon after, he began winning several talent competitions and in 2005, he did his first solo show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival called 1984 which was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer award.

He has since completed numerous tours around the UK as well as appeared multiple times at Edinburgh Fringe.

A regular on TV screens, Rhod has had eight series of his own hit BBC show, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, where he has attempted a number of different jobs. He has performed twice for the Royal Family on the Royal Variety Performance and has appeared three times on Live at the Apollo.

Take a look at him performing on the show below:

He has also regularly hosted Have I Got News for You and has made regular guest appearances on panel shows QI, Would I Lie to You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

In 2018 Rhod presented a documentary for the BBC on social anxiety called Stand Up to Shyness. 

The comedian brings his new The Book of John tour to venues across the UK through to July 2020.


Tickets for the newly announced Swansea Show are on sale now, and tickets for the newly added April, May, June and July 2020 dates will be available from 10:00 on Tuesday 14 January 2020. Grab all through Ticketmaster.co.uk

Limited remaining tickets for the rest of the tour are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.