Antiques expert and BBC presenter David Harper talks about his upcoming Square Chapel Arts centre show.

Famous for his colourful trousers, TV antiques expert David Harper is swapping the TV camera for the stage as he brings his one-man theatre show to Halifax.

By Ian Hirst
Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 12:28 pm
Antiques expert David Harper (Picture supplied by Square Chapel Arts Centre)

David, who has been a regular on BBC programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip for more than a decade, has lined up 24 dates which will take him from Settle to Somerset during in the coming months, including a stop off in Halifax at Square Chapel Arts Centre on Sunday September 15 at 3pm.

Dubbed Unexpected Tales, David will treat audiences to all the funny behind the scenes gossip from some of the BBC’s most popular daytime and early evening shows, telling of his encounters with the famous faces he has appeared alongside for celebrity specials.

“You cannot believe what goes on in the world of art, antiques and in the making of television shows. You will not be expecting what you will hear,” said David

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Antiques expert David Harper (Picture supplied by Square Chapel Arts Centre)

"It is an interactive show and I never know where each story is going to go…or how far it will go,” he said. I have some ideas of what I want to talk about, but I often throw the topics open to the audience. It’s real seat of your pants stuff.”

Unexpected Tales is David’s first major theatre tour and follows the success of his first foray into stage work in his native North East.

“For many years, I’ve been giving talks for business groups, after dinner events and other presentations and I always enjoy them, so the next stage was to take what I do on tour through theatres. I bit the bullet and did a few live theatre shows to try it out to a different kind of audience, rather than organised groups. I absolutely loved it and the theatre atmosphere is fantastic.’’

David said that in those first few shows, the stories of what goes on behind the scenes, the charity events he gets invited to (he once sold dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson for the cost of an average house!) proved extremely popular with audiences and that had spurred him on to develop Unexpected Tales.

“People were interested in how things were put together, making the TV shows, how things could go wrong and the celebrities I had worked with.

"People also like to hear stories of the TV disasters, the antiques profits, the bigger losses, the fakes and the fabulous. It’s almost like trade secrets of making a TV programme…plus the unusual and unexpected spin off’s of being on TV”

Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions). To book click here