Here's wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Des will be playing UK theatre dates in 2013 and they will be announced here as soon as they are confirmed. Please watch this space!
ARCHIVED NEWS .................
SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWS
DES HAS JUST ADDED MORE AUTUMN TOUR DATES
JUNE 2012 NEWS
DES O’CONNOR IS…..THE WIZARD!
Soon to make his
1,250TH LONDON PALLADIUM APPEARANCE!
Following a staggering 1,200+ solo appearances at the London Palladium, DES O’CONNOR is now starring at the world renowned venue for the very first time in a stage musical.
He has taken over the iconic role of THE WIZARD in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s reimagining of THE WIZARD OF OZ, presented by Bill Kenwright and The Really Useful Group, from Tuesday 22nd May and will play the show’s final season*.
Des stars alongside SOPHIE EVANS, runner up in BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’, who despite just missing out on the top spot, charmed the millions who tuned in to watch her, ensuring they would never forget the red-headed girl from Wales. And in addition to the eponymous role, Des also plays the character of Professor Marvel, for whom a new song has been specially written, The Wonders of the World. This is one of several brand new songs by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and TIM RICE.
Alongside Des and Sophie are EDWARD BAKER-DULY (Tin Man), MARTIN CALLAGHAN (Lion), PAUL KEATING (Scarecrow), EMILY TIERNEY (Glinda) and MARIANNE BENEDICT (The Wicked Witch of the West).
The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, set and costumes designs by Robert Jones, and produced by Bill Kenwright and The Really Useful Group.
Tickets are available from The London Palladium Box Office on 0844 412 2957 or online from www.wizardofozthemusical.com
* * With the exception of May 24 and 25 and June 3; 29 and July 1st when Des will be playing concert dates as listed in the UK tour dates section of this site.
NEWS APRIL 2012
Dont miss Des's Special
"THE ONE AND ONLY DES O'CONNOR"
on ITV 1 @ 7.30 PM SUNDAY APRIL 8TH with wonderful guests ,
MATT LUCAS, MELANIE SYKES, PAUL O'GRADY, ROBERT LINDSAY
OLLY MURS, BRADLEY WALSH AND KATHERINE KELLY OF CORONATION ST
PLUS HILAROUS CLIPS AND GENUINE SURPRIZES FOR DES. If you missed the show you might still catch it on ITV Player or it replaid again on ITV 1 Wednesday 11th April at 10.35pm
DES'S SPECIAL ABOVE RECIEVES TOP RATINGS.
The special beat the blockbusting "Titantic" to top ratings of over 3.6million, and proved to be ITV's most popular show on Easter Sunday.
NEWS JANUARY 2012
Des has just completed a sensational season in the West End in the smash hit musical "Dreamboats And Petticoats". He didn't miss a single performance of his three month run and he enjoyed every single moment.
He is now looking forward to playing selected theatres dates in 2012 of his 'one-man' live shows (please see 2012 Tour Dates on the website here.
NEWS SEPTEMBER 2011
Des makes his "Musical" debut starring in the smash hit musical "Dreamboats and Petticoats" at the Playhouse Theatre, London from October 3rd for a limited season. Although Des, incredibly, has made over a thousand performances at the London Palladium, this will be his first ever appearance in a West End musical.
Des will play the multiple roles of 'Older Bobby' and 'Phil' - Bobby's Dad, who runs the youth club around which the production is based.
"Dreamboats and Petticoats", written by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran is inspired by the massive hit, million + selling compilation pop albums and features some of the greatest hit songs of the rock 'n' roll era.
NEWS MAY 2011
You can catch Des being interview by Piers Morgan this saturday 21st May 2011 on ITV 9pm in an hour long special
and again on ITV3 on Wednesday 25th May 2011 at 9pm in an extended 1.5 hour show. And a further screening on Thursday 26th May at 10:35pm on ITV1 (1 hour )
Thursday 26th May at 10:35pm on ITV1 London HD (1hour in HD)
If you missed it you can watch it in ITV I player CLICK HERE to view
Piers Morgan's Life Stories Episode: 6
Saturday, 21 May 2011, 9:00PM - 10:00PM
This week's guest is Des O'Connor.
Editor, presenter and controversial TV personality Piers Morgan's current season of his hit biographical talk show. Filmed in front of a studio audience, each show is dedicated to one guest, looking back over their personal lives and careers and will include interviews with their friends, families and colleagues.
The interviews are intimate, in-depth and emotionally charged as Piers lays bare his subjects' life stories over a revealing hour.
This is the fifth series of this successful show, which has attracted a host of star interviews over the years including Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Rod Stewart, Joan Collins, Katie Price, Cilla Black, Sheila Hancock and the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.