Comedy legend Ken Dodd tickled to return to Mansfield

File photo dated 21/09/2005 of comic Ken Dodd who has not been booked for an annual show over fears he is no longer funny enough, theatre management said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 11, 2009. The star's provisional booking for this year's Christmas show at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall was not confirmed because of concerns over the "quality" of some of last year's shows, the management said. See PA story SHOWBIZ Dodd. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/09/2005 of comic Ken Dodd who has not been booked for an annual show over fears he is no longer funny enough, theatre management said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 11, 2009. The star's provisional booking for this year's Christmas show at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall was not confirmed because of concerns over the "quality" of some of last year's shows, the management said. See PA story SHOWBIZ Dodd. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

MANSFIELD’S Palace Theatre is set to welcome back one of Britain’s best loved comedians - Ken Dodd.

As ever, the theatre is expecting his Happiness Show - which he will perform on 24th May at 7pm - to be a sell out and fans are being urged to get their tickets early.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Monday at 9.30am and there will be two members of staff at the two Box Office windows along with another staff member manning the only telephone line.

Famed for his ‘tickling stick’ (a feather duster), Ken Dodd OBE is firmly rooted in the music hall style of entertainment and as well as being a comic, he is also a singer and songwriter.

Now aged 84, the veteran Liverpudlian entertainer has been touring since 1954.

Buying tickets to see Ken Dodd in Mansfield has become something of an event in itself so instead of queuing, people will be given a number and asked to wait at Groucho’s Bar next door until their number is called.

Groucho’s will be serving hot breakfast cobs, tea and coffee from 8-11am and people who arrive before 8am are being asked to queue at the entrance of Mansfield Museum until the doors open.

Tickets for this show are not available by email, post or online and they are also restricted to eight per person.

Tickets for the show are priced £19.50 (£18 for concessions) and are available by calling the Box Office on Mansfield 633133 or going down to the theatre on Monday morning.

For more details on the show visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.