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.
Comedian, author, cultural icon and - most recently - idiot who agreed to be tortured on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!', Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts.
But live comedy is where she's in her element, and now - after her spell in the jungle - she sets out for the more welcoming destination of Maidenhead.
Expect a show packed full of sharp-tongued gags and cultural observation, this is Shappi's warts and all journey through the 90s comedy scene, to breaking through on telly and then letting it all slip away.
WHY? As heard on Radio 4, read in two warmly-received books and seen sleeping in a hammock
Age guidance: 14+ years
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.
Our storyteller Hayley will be joining us on Sunday 27 October and reading Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
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)
Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace.
Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
WHY? 'Comedy at its purest and richest form' ★★★★★ The Advertiser
'Amos has the sort of commanding presence and confidence that could only have come from years of working the circuit' ★★★★ Arts Hub
'One of the most likable figures in British comedy' Radio Times
‘Much loved King of stand-up’ ★★★★ North West End
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Coming live to the theatre for the first time in over 60 years is The Navy Lark.
The Navy Lark sees a cast of three, bring to life three classic episodes from the much loved radio series which ran for 1959 - 1977. Originally featuring Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee.
Starring James Hurn known for portraying such iconic characters as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams from his hit one man show Hancock and Co. As well as Richard Usher and Mark Earby best known for The Goon Show Tour and The Lost Hancock’s Vacant Lot.
Presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience. Bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.
WHY? When HMS Troutbridge docks in Maidenhead it’s going to be “Ev’rybody Down!” For an evening of nostalgic belly laughs
£15 (£13 conc)
Following last year’s sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, London's Soho Theatre, national UK tour and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan have a new hour of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place.
Age guidance 14+
“These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute,wiping away a tear the next” The Telegraph
‘Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes’ Evening Standard
Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he discovered that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened.
From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld.
WHY? ‘Shrewd, funny and important’ The Guardian
£14 (£12 conc)
Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV.
And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live.
Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he's visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger.
Why? The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club