COMEDIAN John Bishop has announced the staging of his UK tour will be delayed until next year.

The famous funnyman had been due to take to the stage at Colchester's Charter Hall on December 3.

Due to the closure of all UK theatres due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the performance will instead take place on October 21 next year.

Bishop said: "I am massively disappointed the ongoing situation has forced us to postpone these sold out shows, but for the health and safety of everyone attending and working at the theatres and to ensure that the dates have the best chance of being fulfilled it make sense to move them.

"I look forward to seeing everyone next year."