Martin Kemp has one of the longest, most successful and varied careers in showbiz.
He achieved global fame and success as Spandau Ballet soared with hits including Gold, Only When You Leave and the number one smash True.
He went on to star in the film The Krays (1990) with his bandmate and brother, Gary, and in TV shows such as Waterloo Road, EastEnders and, most recently, Birds Of A Feather.
He’s also written a best-selling book and won many new fans on Celebrity Big Brother.
Now Martin is hitting the road as he embarks on an Audience With tour. Here he tells us what to expect from his show which is coming to Buxton next month:
Q. How did the idea for this Audience With tour come about?
A. I was on the road with Spandau Ballet which is a huge machine where the show plays to some of the biggest venues in the world and it just hit me that to some of the audience I was a speck of dust on the stage… No more than a thumb size on the giant video screens! It was then I thought how cool it would be to scale it right back and say hi to all those people who supported us and answer their questions about the band, my career and my life...so everyone can really get to know the real me!
Q. What can we expect from the show?
A. The evening will be a chance to listen to stories about the band, my career and my life with all its ups and downs from the band to EastEnders to The Krays!
Q. You’ve of course been on tour many times, what will be different about this time?
A. I’m used to touring. It has become part of my life... Thank god for face time. (He laughs).
Q. Do you have any special routines you go through before going on stage?
A. I don’t have routines. I try to keep each evening fresh so it feels like the first time!
Q. Any special items you take on tour or have in your dressing room? A. This isn’t Spandau, there’s no rider. But as long as there’s water because I get the feeling I might get a dry throat after answering all your questions...And by the way…the funnier the better!
l An Audience with Martin Kemp takes place at Buxton Opera House on Sunday, May 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £25 and discounts are available. To buy tickets, call 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
We have a pair of tickets to give away to see Martin Kemp at Buxton Opera House on May 29.
To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Which of the Kray twins did Martin play in the film The Krays, Ronnie or Reggie? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 12. The winner will be notified by email.