Peter Kay announces return to stage with charity Dance For Life shows

Peter Kay is to make a return to the stage for Cancer Research UK. (Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

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Peter Kay is making a comeback to the live stage as he returns to the decks to DJ for charity event Dance For Life.

It comes after the star pulled out of all work events in 2017, including his first stand-up tour in eight years, due to "unforeseen family circumstances".

The news was shared to the 46-year-old's Twitter account, with a message stating: "Peter Kay's #DanceForLife is back! The charity dance-a-thon announces 2020 dates, including Manchester and London for the very first time."

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The six dance-a-thon shows in Liverpool, London and Manchester this spring will raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Tickets priced at £28.50 are set to go on sale on Friday at 9am – and fancy dress is encouraged for attendees.

The Phoenix Nights star has previously hosted 14 of the three-hour events across the UK.

Kay said: "I've honestly never had so much fun as I had working on Dance For Life.

Peter Kay, winner of the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Peter Kay's Car Share, poses in the winners room at the 2016 Baftas. (Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images)

"The atmosphere was so happy and positive; it really is a great way to raise money for the worthiest of causes. All people have to do is turn up and dance."

The funnyman was pictured in public for the first time in 10 months back in December as he turned up to the final performance of the stage version of Nativity!.

Director Debbie Isitt posted a photograph with herself alongside Kay to her Twitter account, remarking that his appearance with his family was a "lovely surprise".

"So lovely to see the brilliant comic genius Peter Kay and his lovely family @nativityuk tonight for our final show! What a lovely surprise for us all!" she wrote.