Johnny Vegas became The Citadel's patron in March, 2003.
A hugely successful stand up comedian and now actor and presenter, Johnny's success began by winning a string of awards at the Edinburgh Festival, his Radio 4 show The Night Class became a cult hit and his appearances on Shooting Stars began to make him a household name, as well as the infamous ITV Digital campaign with that monkey (which has now been revived for the PG Tips adverts)
More recently Johnny has made a name for himself with his own series on Channel 4, and appearances in films such as, Blackball and Sex Lives of the Potato Men. Johnny has also adorned our TV screens in the BBC Shakespeare adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Bleak House. He is a regular panelist on the Channel 4 show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and he also starred in the hugely successful ITV series Benidorm from 2007 - 2009.
Johnny Vegas began his work at The Citadel as a customer in the early 1990s, heckling an act, who then asked him to come on stage and see if he could do any better. He could!
He has since made many appearances as The Citadel's compere, often funnier than the acts themselves he would usually steal the show. After a few years Johnny began headlining events, such as the evening in March 1997 where Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay both took to The Citadel stage on the same night. His shows then continued to go from strength to strength.
Johnny last appeared at The Citadel in June 2009 with two sell out warm up gigs for his up and coming DVD.
' It's been many years since Michael Pennington stepped onto The Citadel stage and began to develop his trade. Michael came back again and again and now the transformation to Johnny Vegas is complete. He is one of the finest entertainers in this country and we at The Citadel are proud of his achievements and are pleased Johnny is our first patron.
His continued involvement in The Citadel Arts Centre will ensure we continue to promote the very best in the arts and guarantee we seek out and promote new talent.'
Nick Taylor - Chairman, The Citadel