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.
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
Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain's leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019.
He returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.
WHY? ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ ★★★★ Scotsman
‘A master craftsman’ ★★★★ Times
‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner' ★★★★ Chortle
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Comedian and Impressionist Luke Kempner hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits.
Expect celebrities, politicians and even royalty going head to head in Luke’s hit show; House of Faces.
As seen and heard on Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), The Imitation Game (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance 2018 (ITV), The Week That Wasn’t (Sky One), Murder In Successville (BBC3) and The Now Show (Radio 4).
WHY? 'A remarkable talent for impersonations’ ★★★★ Telegraph
‘Gloriously funny’ Independent
‘Blummin genius’ Dawn French
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
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)
Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!
Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105!
WHY? 'Hilarious and good for all ages' Primary Times
'Hugely talented' ★★★★ Daily Mirror
'Superbly crafted' ★★★★ The Stage
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Stranded war hero Odysseus must struggle against the odds to get home to his wife.
But can he battle his way through grumpy gods, naughty nymphs, monocular monsters and over a hundred sleazy suitors? All whilst wearing an Ancient Greek robe that looks suspiciously like a bedsheet?
WHY? The Pantaloons present a hilarious new verse adaptation of the most epic journey of all time
Presented by The Pantaloons.
£15 (£13 conc)
Everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record), stand-up comedy star, Stephen Bailey is back on tour with his brand-new show Our Kid – a story full of Northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue.
2018 has been an exciting year for Stephen. The past six months have seen him embark on his first critically acclaimed UK tour, perform a season at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London plus support Katherine Ryan on her recent sold-out UK outing. His friendly brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment.
His recent and varied TV work includes him becoming the resident agony uncle on ITV1's Zoe Ball on Sunday and appearances on Five's Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Comedy Central’s Live at The Comedy Store adding to his extensive back catalogue of TV and radio work. Most recently he was the host of the reality show Celebs On The Farm on 5star.
WHY 'Stephen’s show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don’t think a single joke died' ★★★★★ Voice Magazine
Age Guidence: 16+ years