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Dawn French show 30 Million Minutes comes to Canberra Theatre Centre

UK comedian Dawn French will bring her latest live theatre show to Canberra as part of her Australian tour in early 2016.

Extra dates for the 30 Million Minutes tour taking in Canberra, Newcastle and an additional fifth show in Perth were announced on Monday.

Dawn French will return to Canberra in February.
Dawn French will return to Canberra in February. 

French, known to many from BBC TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley, will perform at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday, February 9 - one of 21 Australian shows.

30 Million Minutes, so named as it's how long she's been alive, is based on her life and career and has already garnered widespread critical acclaim during an extensive UK tour.

It is said to consist of "various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in", as French takes audiences through various lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure.

"I'm sick with excitement about this solo tour," she says.

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"I am enjoying the fact that I can't categorise exactly what it is, but it's somewhere between a monologue, a play, and an autobiographical slideshow with a few funnies thrown in."

As well as being an award-winning actor and part of comedy double-act French and Saunders with comedian Jennifer Saunders, French has more recently carved out a career as a best-selling novelist.

She last toured Canberra with Saunders in 2009 with French and Saunders: Still Alive.

Tickets go on sale from 10am Monday October 19. For more information visit: canberratheatrecentre.com.au.