Simpsons Mania on Sky One
The festivities will also include a one-day SIMPSONS event at London's National Film Theatre featuring SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening in conversation, and a weekend of special programmes on Sky One - the home of THE SIMPSONS for 10 years.
The live performances will begin in Edinburgh, as a highlight of this year's festival fringe at The Assembly Rooms on Monday 14 August, followed on Thursday 17 August and Friday 18 August by shows in London. Venues and ticket information will be announced shortly.
Matt Groening said, "We are really looking forward to this tour and hope to do to England and Scotland what THE SIMPSONS have done to America. I think the most amazing thing is how the actors really look like the characters that they play".
Sky One General Manager David Bergg added: "Like all SIMPSONS fans, I'm thrilled that the people behind one of the best television programmes in history are bringing some of the magic over to Britain for its 10th anniversary. We're going to show them - and the fans who tune in to THE SIMPSONS every day on Sky One - a hell of a time".
The multi-talented voices behind Springfield's celebrated citizens include: DAN CASTELLANETA (Homer Simpson); NANCY CARTWRIGHT (Bart Simpson); YEARDLEY SMITH (Lisa Simpson); TRESS MACNEILLE (standing in for JULIE KAVNER as Marge Simpson); HARRY SHEARER (Montgomery Burns); HANK AZARIA (Moe the Bartender); and PAMELA HAYDEN (Milhouse).
Key figures behind the show will also be joining Matt and the actors, including Executive Producer Mike Scully and other producers and animators.
THE SIMPSONS, created by cartoonist Matt Groening, first appeared in 1987 as a series of 30-second shorts produced by Groening for "The Tracey Ullman Show". Response to the spots was so positive that THE SIMPSONS became a show of its own, premiering on the Fox network as a half-hour Christmas special on 17 December 1989 and then as a regular series on 14 January 1990. Its British television debut was on Sky One on 2 September 1990.
The show has transformed the way the television industry and audiences perceive animation and comedy in general. Evidenced by the proliferation and success of new animated series which appeal to adults, THE SIMPSONS has become the standard against which all others are measured.
One aspect of its appeal may be that the show's producers and writers, socially savvy, well-educated and irreverent, work throughout the year to fill each episode with erudite references and sight gags.
For enthusiasts, VCRs are a must. As Groening has often said, "You get rewarded for paying attention." Each episode takes six to eight months to produce, so changes are frequently made to keep references topical.
James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Mike Scully are executive producers. THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.