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Meet Rev Richard Coles: from pop star to priest to pasa doble

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 30, 2018

Rev Richard Coles

He may dance as though he has two left feet but Rev Richard Coles certainly made an impact when he appeared on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing

He didn’t last long on the show but the pop star turned priest, best known for co-hosting BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live endeared himself to viewers, judges and fellow contestant alike.

So now’s your chance to hear the inside story. An Audience with The Rev. Richard Coles plays the Oakengates Theatre in Telford on Tuesday 2nd May and will find Richard recounting his experiences both on the dance floor and backstage with the stars. With judges verdicts ranging from "a fantastic surprise”, to "full of heavenly delights" and "The falling petals had more grace.” Richard  says he enjoyed the whole experience hugely despite admitting to some massive collywobbles as he prepared for his dramatic first entrance from high above the dance floor.

There is much more to talk about too.  For Richard is a man of many talents. Long before training for the priesthood and becoming a Church of England vicar, Richard was a member, alongside Jimmy Somerville,  of the chart-topping Communards.He is certainly one of teh few parish priests who experienced first-hand the euphoria and mayhem of being Top of The Pops in the 80s. Asd a broadcaster he also contributes to 

Pause for Thought on the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show and is familiar to TV viewers through panel shows like Have I Got News For You and QI, and as the co-host of BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge with Mariella Frostrup. 

He also finished fifth on Celebrity MasterChef last year. And he was apparently not only an inspiration for BBC1 comedy Rev but served as consultant to the series.

An Audience with the Rev Richard Coles is at the Oakengates Theatre in telford on Tuesday 2nd May. More info at