COMEDIAN Jim Davidson has apologised to fans for cancelling his gig at the Regal in Evesham over the weekend.
The former Celebrity Big Brother winner was due to perform the latest leg of his ‘No Further Action’ tour at the Port Street venue on Saturday evening (January 31).
But the 61-year-old pulled out around an hour before the curtain was due to come up and blamed ‘technical reasons’.
Fans criticised his no show on social media but the comedian explained the move on his Twitter page yesterday (Sunday)
“Sorry to all who went to the regal cinema last night. The stage was 12 feet high. I couldn’t stand on it. Simple as that. Sorry.” he wrote.
“I have done 68 gigs since september and have not cancelled one! I just could not stand on a stage that high. Madness!
“I hope everybody got a refund and understands the reason. I’ll do a gig down the road.” he added.
The comic hopes to heavily discount tickets for the new show and will be donating the proceeds of the performance to Care After Combat, a charity close to his heart.
In response, Laurence Wiper, manager of the Regal said: “When Mr Davidson arrived prior to the show he appeared agitated and remained in the building for approximately four minutes before storming out.
“A few moments later he tweeted the wholly untruthful message, “gig tonight is cancelled due to technical reasons” despite the fact that there were no technical problems whatsoever at the Regal.
“Mr Davidson later amended his original untruth with another one, tweeting “The stage was 12 feet high. I couldn’t stand on it. Simple as that. Sorry”.
“The stage at the Regal is in fact seven foot six ins high and a full description was provided to Mr Davidson’s management as part of our signed contract, which contains full technical details, drawings and photographs of the stage.
“Mr Davidson formed his opinion without going anywhere near the stage during his very brief visit.
“The Regal is a small, independent venue which has successfully presented over 60 live events on the stage in the last three years including comedians Alistair McGowan, Omid Dajilli, Al Murray, Rich Hall, Nicholas Parsons and Robin Ince.
“Musicians who have performed on the stage include Nigel Kennedy, 10cc, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The South, The Drifters, The Stylistics, Steve Harley: The Cockney Rebel, The Searchers, Stars from the Commitments, and Bad Manners.
“Our first priority today has been to contact all our customers, who were informed of the truth of the situation on the night, and arrange refunds.
“We would like to thank them all for their kindness and their many messages of support,” he added.