Relax, Sir David IS coming to Australia

After cancelling his highly anticipated Australian tour earlier this month when emergency surgery rendered him unfit to travel, Sir David Attenborough has been given the all clear to reschedule.

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough. Image supplied

Australian audiences will still, albeit a month late, see Sir David onstage in his acclaimed show A Life on Earth in July. And thank goodness for that!

With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Sir David Attenborough is arguably the world’s best-known natural history film-maker. This return season of A Life on Earth was planned to accommodate the thousands of Australians who missed the show in 2012.

Originally scheduled to commence in Brisbane, the revised 2013 tour schedule will now kick off in Melbourne and then move on to Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.

“Sir David was extremely disappointed that he was unable to travel in June”, said Simon Baggs, CEO of Lateral Events.

“He enjoyed his Australian shows last year so much he is very much looking forward to present his show to all those who were unable to get tickets in 2012. His show will include some of his new work such as Africa and Galapagos.”

If you had tickets to the show in any city, please read the information below carefully.

Patrons with tickets to the June shows in Melbourne (Ticketmaster), Perth and Adelaide (Ticketek) will be contacted by their ticketing agency and invited to attend the new dates. If the new dates are not convenient, ticket holders will be asked to apply for a refund before June 21. Any released tickets will go on sale at 9am on Monday 24 June, once refunds have been requested.

In a slightly different system, patrons with tickets to the June shows in Sydney (Ticketmaster), Canberra (Ticketek) and Brisbane (Qtix) will automatically be provided with a refund, but will be are invited via email on June 24 to have first priority to purchase tickets for the new dates. Any available tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 26 June. 

Note, the venue in Brisbane is now Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and the venue in Sydney is now Capitol Theatre. The updated tour schedule is below:

Thursday 11 July – Melbourne, MCEC Plenary 2

Friday 12 July – Melbourne, MCEC Plenary 2

Wednesday 17 July – Sydney, Capitol Theatre

Thursday 18 July – Sydney, Capitol Theatre

Friday 19 July – Canberra, Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra

Wednesday 24 July – Perth, Riverside Theatre

Thursday 25 July – Perth, Riverside Theatre

Saturday 27 July – Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tuesday 30 July – Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Wednesday 31 July – Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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