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First the hit film, now the true story straight from The Eagle's mouth. Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is about to start a UK theatre tour. NEW

'The Eagle' will be giving his account of his incredible journey to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Britain's - probably the World's - most famous ski jumper will be appearing at 17 theatres across the UK during May and June. 

The tour has the title TRY HARD and will also take in how Edwards got a law degree, was declared bankrupt and became an unlikely pop star in Finland.

He is a great character and we are sure it will be worth heading along if there's a venue close to you (see details below).

1988 Winter Olympian Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards at the 1988 Winter Olympics













The promotional blurb for the tour says:

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is a unique British sporting hero with an incredible story to tell.

The world's ninth-fastest amateur downhill speed skier went on to become Great Britain's first Olympic (self-taught!) Ski-Jumper.

In Try Hard, Eddie talks through his incredible life-journey; from self-learning ski-jumping and being shunned by the sporting establishment, to the extensive surgery to rebuild his face and body following years of spectacular crashes on the snow as he set out to break world-records. 

There's been renewed interest in The Eagle's story since the 2016 hit movie starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.

Eddie The Eagle film posterEddie according to Hollywood
















PlanetSKI's senior news reporter Katie Bamber spoke to him recently as he launched National Schools Snowsports Week for which he is an ambassador:

For more information on the tour and links to the theatres to book, visit



Thurs 25 - ST ALBANS Alban Arena

Sat 27 - CHELTENHAM Town Hall

Sun 28 - PORTSMOUTH Kings Theatre

Wed 31 - NEWTOWN Theatr Hafren

Sun 4 -  EXETER  Northcott Theatre

Tues 6 -  LEAMINGTON SPA Royal Spa Centre

Thurs 8 -  MALVERN Malvern Theatres

Fri 9 -  SALE  Waterside Arts Centre

Sat 10 -  PRESTON Guild Hall

Sun 11 -  BUXTON Opera House

Mon 12 -  BARROW-IN-FURNESS The Forum

Tues 13 -  DARLINGTON Dolphin Centre

Thurs 15 - STIRLING Albert Halls

Sun 18 -  ABERDEEN  The Lemon Tree

Mon 19 -  INVERNESS Eden Court

Tues 20 -  LEEDS City Varieties

Wed 21 -  ST IVES (Huntingdon) Burgess Hall

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