Just Announced: Hugh Laurie will perform in November

Actor Hugh Laurie will find himself at the piano instead of in front of a camera at the Carolina Theatre in November.

An accomplished musician, Laurie's second album, "Didn't It Rain," is scheduled for U.S. release on August 6. Laurie's tour in support of the release comes to the theatre on Nov. 1.

After attending Cambridge University and Eton College, the English actor had his first career success in the 1980s as part of the "Blackadder" series starring Rowan Atkinson. He later formed the Fry & Laurie comic team with friend Stephen Fry. Laurie's film credits include 1995's "Sense and Sensibility" alongside college friend Emma Thompson; the 1996 live-action adaptation of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" and 2009's "Monsters vs. Aliens."

A natural performer on stage, Laurie has delivered high energy blues music around the world since the release of his 2011 debut album "Let Them Talk." His appearance on PBS' “Great Performances” later that year celebrated New Orleans and New Orleans music. Laurie will return to the genre in an August 2013 concert special “Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary” –  which will reprise Professor Longhair's 1975 album of the same name.

Laurie has migrated to songs of the American heartland on his forthcoming second release. Laurie performed on a broadcast special for ITV's "Perspectives" series in May. The hour-long program followed Laurie on a pilgrimage through America during which he reveled in the music that has long inspired him. 


Mr. Laurie also deserves accolades for his supporting role in the underrated, Balzac-based film "Cousin Bette" (1998), starring Jessica Lange.

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