A Scottish writer and performer is set to take his ‘love letter’ to Sir Billy Connolly on the road in the New Year.
Gary McNair, along with a team of storytelling experts and the National Theater of Scotland, have created a collection of moving and hilarious tales to be titled ‘Dear Billy’ about the comedy legend.
The show, announced to mark Sir Billy’s 80th birthday, will tour throughout 2023, culminating in the King’s Theater in Glasgow.
Audiences will participate in the show as McNair collects stories from those in the crowd and incorporates them into the show as the tour progresses.
McNair said, “It’s an honor to do this show. To tackle such a beloved subject and figure as Billy with our National Theater is indeed a very proud moment and one that I will cherish.
“It was a joyful production to be part of, with so many wonderful artists involved in its research and development.
“Hopefully we can continue that feeling of joy when we hit the road and share it with audiences across the country.
“There will be a place for Billy every night and we hope he can come and see what he means to the people of Scotland.”
Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of the National Theater of Scotland, said: “Billy Connolly is arguably Scotland’s most beloved entertainer. We thought it was fitting that his National Theater would pay homage to him with a theatrical love letter, in the form of a special new show.
“Dear Billy is created with the words collected from Scots about what Billy means to them, and written and performed by the brilliant Gary McNair who will tour the country in 2023.”
Sir Billy, affectionately known as the Big Yin, enjoyed a career spanning over 50 years.
Earlier this year, he was awarded the Bafta Lifetime Achievement Scholarship.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from touring in 2018.