Ricky Gervais confirms David Brent live shows

The Office star will reunite with his band Foregone Conclusion to play gigs in October at London's Bloomsbury theatre

Ricky Gervais has announced two concerts as David Brent, his character from BBC's The Office. Brent has apparently reunited with his band, Foregone Conclusion, to perform "warm-up gigs" before a possible show at Wembley Arena.

Billed as "a work in progress", the gigs are due to take place at London's Bloomsbury theatre on 14 and 23 October. "Live for the first time," announced his publicist, "the audience will get to enjoy songs … from Brent's back catalogue, including Free Love Freeway, Spaceman Came Down, Slough, Life on the Road and Ain't No Trouble."

Although it is more than a decade since Brent and his dance moves were introduced on The Office, Slough's most celebrated son has recently become a YouTube star, receiving more than 21m views with his Learn Guitar with David Brent series. Those webisodes spurred talk of a UK tour, with Gervais proposing some "intimate" shows featuring Brent unplugged "followed by a Q&A".

Last week, it appeared that Brent's tour might not be so intimate after all: speaking to the Sun, Gervais revealed that he was being courted by promoters at Wembley Arena. "It's amazing and hilarious," he said. "Having Wembley on the phone to talk about live gigs is far beyond what Brent could ever have imagined. I've played Wembley many times as a standup and it really is the greatest venue in the world." While the Bloomsbury concerts have been described as warm-up shows, it's still not clear whether they are a warm-up for similar gigs across the UK, or a performance at the 12,500-capacity arena. Earlier this month, the Sun also speculated that the comedian would be supporting Coldplay at Hammersmith Apollo.

• Tickets for both shows go on sale on at 10am on 1 October


Sean Michaels

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