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An Evening with Graham Norton – York Theatre Royal

Reviewer: Christopher Holmes

In this, a celebration of his latest novel, An Evening with Graham Norton is a pure joy from start to finish. Norton’s endearing Irish charm proves he isn’t just a one-trick pony. It’s Graham, but not as we know him. As one of the UK’s leading broadcasters and presenters with a long list of A-Listers under his belt we see him here on the other side of the chat-show chair as an interviewee.

Running 15 minutes later than advertised due to a train cancellation, interviewer Konnie Huq was indisposed for the first half of the show. The show had to be flipped on to it’s head meaning that the planned ‘ask Graham anything’ in the 2nd half took place in Act 1.

A series of, often humorous, impromptu questions, given randomly by members of the audience were dealt with quite brilliantly by an otherwise flustered Norton. His off the cuff and ad-hoc responses to some funny, and often personal, questions was testament of his ability to hold an audience. He even made an excellent recovery from a sound issue in which his head microphone cut out and his stage-hand had to bring on a hand-held microphone.

Norton is engaging. Regaling tales of his glittering career from his humble Father Ted beginnings to chat show host extraordinaire – a real national treasure.

When Huq finally arrives for the second half we are treated to passages from Norton’s book. Huq tries hard to help promote Norton’s latest novel Forever Home and she delivers on reigning him in when quips from Norton go awry. Despite the travel issues and disruptions, the evening brings a certain warmth to the York Theatre Royal.

Norton has many strings to his bow. He’s been an actor, stand-up comic, television personality and novelist. This evening he seemed calm and confident, eloquent and proficient. Through career highs (and lows) it’s clear he has a passion for writing with his latest achievement adding another feather to his cap.

At the end of the show, upon leaving the auditorium an audience member muttered “what a naturally funny guy” and one can only concur.

Reviewed on 3rd October 2022.

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