During a period of 10 years Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson toured the UK with five different productions of Bottom, based on their hit TV Show, performing to thousands of fans at many of the UK’s largest theatres and arena venues. Souvenir merchandise was available and you could buy; the programme, T-Shirts, other clothing and even mugs. Each show was recorded for a VHS release and later to DVD, even audio cassette tapes were available too. I saw the first tour in 1993 at Southampton Mayflower Theatre, which was the venue chosen for the filming. It was filmed over two consecutive nights (18th & 19th June 1993) with the best bits from each show edited for the final video release.
Let me know if you have an item that isn’t featured here. Please get in touch too if you have a story from seeing any of these shows performed. Did you buy any merchandise? Maybe you met them and got something signed? Which is your personal favourite and why?
Bottom Live Tour ’93 – 1993
The tour programme/poster, featuring a souvenir script of Bottom’s Out. Which is an episode from the 2nd series, but was pulled from transmission in the Autumn of 1992 due to a recent incident that happened on Wimbledon Common. Bottom’s Out was first shown on TV on the 10th April 1995.
Promotional tour leaflet, with tour dates
As you can see extra dates were added to that on the original flyer. An extra one in Southampton for the filming and then ending the tour at the Hammersmith Apollo and other popular locations.
Signed Tour Poster from Darren Sheppard’s Collection. Read how Darren became a fan here: ‘A Bottom fan who is as old as the programme itself’
VHS from Shaun Gibson’s Collection
Audio Cassette Tapes x 2