England Rugby stars James Haskell and Mike Tindall are getting back on the tour bus for a World Cup After Party this autumn as their podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby returns to venues across the country.
The Good, The Bad & The Rugby – The World Cup After Party will see James, Mike and their podcast co-host former Sky Sports’ rugby presenter Alex Payne, visit 17 towns and cities, kicking off in Guildford on October 31, and including a date at the world-famous London Palladium.
This will be the second tour from the hugely successful podcast team, following a series of sold out shows in 2022. Since The Good, The Bad & The Rugby launched in summer 2020, it has become the world’s biggest rugby show, with more than 12million listens and 50million-plus views online.
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE RUGBY – THE WORLD CUP AFTER PARTY
Tues Oct 31 G Live, Guildford
Weds Nov 1 The London Palladium, London
Thurs Nov 2 Swansea Arena, Swansea
Fri Nov 3 St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Tues Nov 7 Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Thu Nov 9 Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Fri Nov 10 The Hexagon, Reading
Sat Nov 11 New Theatre, Oxford
Sun Nov 12 De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Mon Nov 13 The Alexandra, Birmingham
Weds Nov 15. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Tues Nov 28 Great Hall, Exeter
Weds Nov 29 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
Mon Dec 4 O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Weds Dec 6 Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Thurs Dec 7 O2 Apollo Manchester
Fri Dec 8 The Forum, Bath
Tickets will go on general sale from Friday, March 3 at 10am from www.cuffeandtaylor.com
Alex, James and Mike will take to the stage to share their own personal World Cup stories – with the tour coming 20 years after Mike was part of the England side which brought home the Webb Ellis Trophy from Australia in 2003.
They will also be recapping all the action from the 10th men’s Rugby World Cup, which takes place in France in September and October… In their very own, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby style.
The trio will take to the stage to recreate the trademark banter they have on air, as The Good (Alex), The Bad (James) And The Rugby (Mike), share tales from on and off the pitch for what promises to be a night filled with surprises and laughter with audience interaction, fun and games.
Announcing the tour, Mike said: “We had an amazing time touring with The Good, The Bad And The Rugby – LIVE last year, so we cannot wait to get back out there in the Autumn, with the lowdown on all things World Cup. Personally, it will be a really special way to look back on being part of the England World Cup winning squad from 2003 – and hopefully England fans will have something to celebrate again.”
Episodes of the podcast have featured glimpses into each of the men’s lives – Mike announced his son’s dramatic birth on the bathroom floor on air, and they have regular guest appearances from some of the rugby world’s biggest stars and most controversial names.
James added: “Listeners to the podcast know how much we love sharing our stories and experiences of the game and getting stuck into the stories from our guests. It’s exciting to be planning another live tour for The Good, The Bad And The Rugby. Apparently we’ve been told we’ve got to talk about rugby and the World Cup but, as always, I will be steering it towards the characters and off field misdemeanours… So buy a ticket, and jump on the GBR magical mystery tour!”
And Alex said: “Anyone who has ever listened to the show knows that my role is part host, part baby-sitter and part punchbag. Frankly, after two months in France at what will be an epic tournament, the last thing I want to do is spend more time with the other two – particularly on the road. But I’ve got to pay the bills. Time to get the goggles on and climb into the sidecar once again. See you there!”
Alongside the rugby chat, The Good, The Bad And The Rugby is popular with fans thanks to its mix of general sporting and pop-culture talking points – meaning it is a hit with rugby fans as well as a wider general audience.
Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “The Good, The Bad And The Rugby tour in 2022 was a huge hit with fans of the game and podcast listeners. Since then, the podcast has gone from strength to strength so we can’t wait to see the reaction when Alex, James and Mike get back on the road after what is expected to be a brilliant men’s Rugby World Cup 2023.”
For more information and to purchase tickets go to cuffeandtaylor.com