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Arts Diary: Royston Vasey on tour.

BRITAIN'S most bizarre villagers are to go on tour with a stop-over at Southport.

The villagers of Royston Vasey, home to television comedy The League of Gentlemen, will be on a 22-week tour from mid-October.

But they will have only one Merseyside date and that is the Southport Theatre on November 15.

The television series began in 1999, a sketch show set in the Peak District where Royston Vasey was home to a collection of misfits and psychopaths.

A sign to the village read, 'Welcome to Royston Vasey. You'll Never Leave'.

Those who visited the village shop owned by serial killers Edward and Tubbs were to learn the truth of the sign.

The black humour in the show appealed to a huge audience, so much so that it ran to three series with a Christmas Special.

The writers and creators, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith toured a theatre show, A Local Show for Local People which sold out at the Empire.

They have since moved into film with the movie The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse currently showing in cinemas.

The team's television series has already returned to BBC.

The new stage production - The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You - is an all-new show featuring all the popular characters.

The League has managed to turn the North into a very dark place

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2005
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