Review of 'Billy Connolly High Horse Tour'

Billy Connolly


I am a great fan of Billy Connolly and it has been some time since I have seen his show either in person or on television. To see him come on stage to a full house of fans at the SSE as he is now was a bit of a shock - The hair is very white now (he is looking more like Moses every day) and he obviously is struggling with his Parkinson's though, good on him, he stood for the entire two hour show initially taking some comfort by leaning on the stool provided for him but then leaving that aside as the evening went on.

The material contained a number of stories the crowd had doubtless heard before but what I like about Connolly is that he always makes even the familiar seem new and funny - The crowd loved him though there was the occasional shout from the audience that he quickly put in it's place. He did often seem to stop for a few seconds to try to figure out where he was in his story with his trademark multiple multiple digressions - It was here that it was obvious the disease was taking it's toll. He was obviously and painfully at a loss though, again, he managed to figure his way out of it and continue when his train of thought returned.

It did feel at times as though this was just another show for him, another job, as he was going by the numbers but I can't help but love him anyway…Here's hoping he is with us for a bit longer yet.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2016-11-30

The SSE Arena, Wembley

Location: London (England)

Address: Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0AA ENGLAND

Public Transport: NRLOGO Wembley Stadium TUBE Wembley Park

Telephone: +44 (0) 844 815 0815


This is quite an attractive new arena to replace the older, atrocious,Wembley Arena and is part of a large redevelopment of the area following the construction of the new Wembley Stadium. Facilities are as you might expect in an arena with just a few small stalls selling food and drink - The place has a small-town arena feel to it. The space is quite large but not gigantic (it is not the O2). Access is very good with a large open plaza to the east that most people use to access the arena with it's direct access to the nearest tube station, Wembley Park.