Nic Wright

Phoenix Nights Live breaks fundraising record

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Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Live has raised over five million pounds for Comic Relief.

The show, which took over Manchester Arena last month, drummed up £5,031,146.47 – the most money raised by a live comedy show in history.

All profits from the 196,000 tickets and sixteen sold-out shows will go to the UK-based charity, as Kay and the cast of the award-winning comedy series donated their time for free.

The run was struck by calamity when Ted Robbins collapsed onstage during its opening night. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Founded in 1985 by the writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry, Red Nose Day returns tomorrow night for its fifteenth outing.