They say all political careers end in tears.
In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.
Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), the BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute regular delivers dazzling wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy and hilarious name-dropping.
WHY? ‘A master raconteur’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Total joy’ ★★★★★ Scotsman
Suitable for ages 11+ years.
Alan McGee is a Scottish businessman and music industry executive.
He has been a record label owner, musician, manager and music blogger for The Guardian. He is best known for co-founding and running the independent Creation Records label and is the man who discovered and signed Oasis.
WHY? Join Alan as he discusses his career, the music industry and his relationship with bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream. You will also have the opportunity to ask Alan a question.
The night will be hosted by author and broadcaster Rob Fiddaman, who will also be playing a Brit Pop/indie club night after the event.
Led by Rosemary Muncie
If you enjoy poetry, this group is for you. Bring along poems to share and discuss whether your own writing or favourites - from the anonymous traveller who longed for the western wind to blow to the subtle and ironic voices of today.
Sun 12 May, 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 11 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the ba
Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.
Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world.
On Sunday 17 March the story will be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Age guidance 4 – 7 years.
WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children
The Story Den
£3.50 per person (45 mins)
With Angus Deayton, Philip Pope, Michael Fenton Stevens, Helen Atkinson Wood
Presented by So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions.
Angus Deayton (Have I Got News For You, One Foot In The Grave, Nighty Night), Helen Atkinson Wood (Blackadder, The Young Ones, QI), Michael Fenton Stevens (Benidorm, My Family) and Philip Pope (Who Dares Wins, Chelmsford 123, Only Fools & Horses) reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road.
Among other classic characters expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor and the accident-prone Martin Brown. Also featuring the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.
WHY? Heading to Maidenhead following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Presented by March of Bouquet by KAORUKO Corporation.
An Official Event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020. Performances include Zen style flower arrangements in the bonsai fashion, contemporary flower arrangements and a kimono (Japanese traditional dress) showcase by the Yamano School group.
WHY? Those attending the event can also book on to flower and kimono workshops after the performance. Spaces are limited, so don’t miss out!
£14 (£12 conc) (under 5s go free)
Kimono and Flower Workshops: £5
Robert Habermann performs the songs and tells the story of the great Tony Bennett.
From starting out as a singing waiter, to being invited to join Bob Hope on tour and becoming an international icon. Featuring his hit songs including Stranger in Paradise, The Good Life, It Had to Be You, Blue Velvet and The Very Thought of You.
WHY? The first time his story has been told with all his great songs and images of his paintings
On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed.
The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.
The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.
‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’
With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.
The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September.