Comedian returns to stage at Skegness following life-changing illness

Duncan Norvelle
Duncan Norvelle

A popular comedian and impressionist will return to the stage in Skegness next week for the first time since his life-changing stroke in 2012.

Duncan Norvelle says he wanted Skegness to be his first show since recovering from the condition. He now plans to donate funds from his show, apty titled ‘A Stroke of Luck’ to the Stroke Association.

Paper Lace.

Paper Lace.

“It’s like coming home,” he said. “I do feel a little nervous coming back to the big stage, but I want to show people there is life after a stroke. I’m just so lucky to be able to return to what I do best - making people laugh.

“I’d love to see people come and support the show, so in turn we can help the Stroke Association support stroke survivors and their families across the region.” The show, at the Embassy Theatre, will be supported by Nottingham pop group Paper Lace ‘Billy-Don’t Be A Hero’, ‘The Night Chicago Died’, ‘The Black Eyed Boys’, who welcome back ‘70s hit member Carlo Paul Santanna to the line-up with a new Jersey Boys selection for all Four Season fans.

Duncan rose to fame on the ITV variety show Saturday Royal in the 1980’s. His unique style of comedy brought him into the hearts of millions of viewers.

Funds raised through the show will enable the Stroke Association to continue supporting stroke survivors and their families, as they come to terms with a life after a stroke.

Alexa Wigfield, regional fundraiser from the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes - it is vital that we have people who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We’re extremely grateful to Duncan for donating proceeds to the Stroke Association. The funds raised will help ensure we can continue to support stroke survivors and their families across the East Midlands, and together we can conquer stroke.”

The show starts at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, August 12.

Tickets £20 adults, £10 children. Call the box office on 01507 316100.