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Michael Palin Is Coming To Edinburgh

I am a huge fan of Michael Palin and have enjoyed watching his many travel documentaries that have been filmed across the world including, adventures to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil.

So excited to share that Michael Palin is coming to Edinburgh as part of his UK Tour. I was lucky to have met Mr. Palin in person at Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2012, then as part of a live audience at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh while touring Traveling To Work in 2014. So looking forward to hearing more about his latest adventures From North Korea Into Iraq. Here's more about what you can expect and how to book tickets. See you there!

Michael Palin Book Signing
Michael Palin at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012


Monty Python legend and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin brings tales of two of the most extraordinary journeys he’s ever made to the stage this autumn in a new solo tour, 'From North Korea Into Iraq'. Kicking off in Colchester on 1 October and ending in Edinburgh on 21 October, tickets go on sale at 10am on 22 July from

'From North Korea Into Iraq' will see Michael deliver first-hand accounts of journeys through two countries on the dark side of history. Both named by President George Bush as being part of the Axis of Evil. Using photos and film shot at the time, he will tell the story of his challenging adventures in the tightly controlled time bomb that is the People's Republic of North Korea, and the bruised land of Iraq, once the home of civilisation, torn apart over the last thirty years by brutal war and bloodshed.

These two countries are often portrayed as international pariahs, and two of the last places you'd want to visit, but for Michael, the best part of travelling is looking behind the headlines and getting to know what life is really like for the people who live there.

Michael Palin said: "We shouldn't forget that we share a common humanity with the people of North Korea and Iraq and in both these tough and difficult countries we found, as you will see, humour and hope, ambition, expectation, warmth, hospitality and extraordinary resilience. These journeys were for me a total eye-opener. 'From North Korea Into Iraq' may take you out of your comfort zone but I hope, like me, that once we've travelled together, your feelings about these two countries, and the wider world we share, will never be quite the same again."

This tour follows his new Channel 5 series, Michael Palin: Into Iraq, produced by ITN Productions which launches in the autumn.

It will also be accompanied by Michael's new book, 'Into Iraq', published by Hutchinson Heinemann on 15 September.


Saturday, 1 st October Colchester: Charter Hall

Sunday, 2 nd October Nottingham: Theatre Royal

Monday, 3 rd October Salford: Lowry

Wednesday, 5 th October London: Cadogan Hall

Thursday, 6 th October York: Grand Opera House

Sunday, 9 th October Bath: Theatre Royal

Monday, 10th October Reading: Hexagon Theatre

Tuesday, 11th October Guildford: G Live

Thursday, 20th October Glasgow: Pavilion Theatre

Friday, 21st October Edinburgh: Queen’s Hall

Tickets are available via

About Michael Palin

Michael Palin Books ©MDHarding

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. Previous solo theatre shows include The Thirty Years Tour (2015) and Erebus, Python and Other Stories (2019). From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. Michael was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2019 New Year Honours ’List.

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