The Tyne Theatre and Opera House are thrilled to announce that the queen of ventriloquism, Nina Conti, will return to their stage pioneering a new dating show on Saturday 6th November 2021.

Following a four-year absence, the British Comedy Award winner returns like Cilla Black with masks. Derailed. Not so much a Blind Date as a re-voiced one. There is no promise that true love will be found but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had.

Nina says: “I can only dream of a land where a theatre is at full capacity and everyone is vaccinated and safe and laughing. Apparently we are on track for this in November, so I’ve agreed to book a tour.

Before this Armageddon hit, I was developing a dating show where I would connive for audience members to fall in love wearing masks. Post COVID, I can’t think of anything more fitting. I think we all need to get in a room together and laugh our heads off, and if the subject can be love, so much the better”. 

Nina started doing stand-up ventriloquism in 2002 and shot to fame by winning the BBC New Comedy Award that same year. Famed for her foul-mouthed ‘sidekick’ Monkey (Monk), Nina has won numerous comedy awards for her writing, acting and ventriloquism.  She has appeared at numerous comedy festivals across the world and her smash-hit solo show ’In Your Face’, which came to the Tyne Theatre in 2016, also enjoyed sell-out seasons in London’s West End and New York’s off-Broadway.

Nina has stormed ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘QI’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – all without moving her lips. In 2012 she fronted two documentaries for BBC4 and in 2013 she appeared in Christopher Guest’s HBO series ‘Family Tree’ alongside Chris O’Dowd.

More recently Nina was a runner-up on ‘The World’s Best’, a US major talent show on NBC; produced an improvised web series, ‘In Therapy’ on YouTube, which has amassed over 1.5 million views since 2018; and  joined forces with award winning Shenoah Allen (The Pajama Men) to make the character comedy podcast, ‘Richard & Greta’, unqualified experts who explain how to get the most, or too much, out of your partner.

Tickets for Nina Conti: The Dating Show go on sale now and can be purchased from the Tyne Theatre and Opera House website.

Booking details and more information for Nina Conti: The Dating Show: http://bit.ly/TTninaconti