AWARD winning Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is coming back to the city after last visiting in 2019. 

Gilbert will be headlining Charter Hall, in Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, on May 24, 2025 as part of his brand new tour which kicks off next year.

Gilbert publicly confirmed in July last year he had stage four head and neck cancer.

His last tour, The Book of John, was a critically acclaimed show that ended up running from 2019 to 2023 because of some postponements due to the pandemic and his diagnosis.

The Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit tour starts in January 2024 and will conclude in October 2025.

Throughout its run time, the comic will perform more than 100 dates in the UK and Ireland.

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General sale tickets for the show, only suitable for people aged over 16, will open at 10am on Friday September 29. 

Tickets for the Colchester show will cost £41.45 and the duration of Rhod’s set is expected to be 1 hour and 20 minutes, plus an interval and a support act.

Speaking about his excitement for the lengthy and anticipated tour, the comedian has confirmed he is looking forward to it.

He said: “After the year I’ve had it’s wonderful to be alive and going back on the road. 

“I can’t wait to get back on stage and I’m ready to get way too personal about life’s recent ups and downs. 

“When life gives you lemons, you have to squeeze them 'til the comedy juice flows, so prepare for some dark but funny s***."

Gilbert, aged 54, has been active as a professional comedian since 2002. Over the last 21 years the funny man has risen to acclaim thanks to his enjoyable sense of humour. 

Alongside his comedy work, Gilbert is also known as a writer and TV presenter. He has hosted three seasons of The Apprentice: You’re Fired, was a former host of music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks and has appeared on Would I like to you? numerous times.

The comedian is planning to trek Mount Toubkal in Morocco next month to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, Wales.