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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

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Mark Watson – The Infinite Show

He’s been cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Dave’s Taskmaster and half-killed on Channel 4’s Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island. Now Mark returns to what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle

'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times

'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph

Courtyard Theatre
£19

@watsoncomedian
@nordenfarm

Mark Watson's Website

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Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more.

WHY? 'A joke heavy show with gags a plenty' The List

'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!' EdFestMagazine

'He paints us pictures with fantastical words and images... it's almost impossible not to like him' ThreeWeeks

Studio
£12

@chrismccausland
@nordenfarm

Chris' Website

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All England Theatre Festival - The English Final

Presented by Maidenhead Drama Festival.

Following six months of preliminary, quarter and semi-final rounds across the country, the competition culminates in a Grand Final in which the four Area Champions compete for the title of English Champion. Four very different one-act plays over the two sessions, with comments from a professional adjudicator.

WHY Do you agree with the adjudicator’s choices?

Courtyard Theatre
£12 per session, £20 both sessions
Buffet Supper between sessions £12 (must be booked in advance)

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A Bunch of Amateurs

Presented by Maidenhead Drama Guild.

Fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. The cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre. As acting worlds collide, Jefferson discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear.

WHY? ‘Terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns’ ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@MaidenheadDG
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Drama Guild's Website

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The Tempest

Presented by The HandleBards.

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards present Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Join their all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production like none other. A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island. Inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters – nothing is as it seems.

WHY? Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@HandleBards
@nordenfarm

The HandleBards' Website

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Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

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.

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@GaryDelaney
@nordenfarm

Gary's Website

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Russell Howard - Work In Progress

Russell Howard is back to test out some brand new material in intimate surroundings alongside some of his favourite comedians.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Poetry Group

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.

Summer
Sun 12 May, 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 11 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the bar

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about 1 hour ago Alicia from Corless Creative will be bringing her wide range of original paintings, ceramics and textiles to the Night Market on Friday 14 June. Don’t miss her your chance to buy some of her beautiful work inspired by people, places and her love of the sea and coastline. Night Market --> https://norden.farm/events/norden-farm-night-market-75

about 14 hours ago What would you do if your next-door neighbor used to be a spy? Joan Stanley lives in contented retirement – that is until she is arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in history… Red Joan will be on our big screen from Friday 24 May --> https://norden.farm/events/red-joan-12a

about 16 hours ago Join an all female, bicycle powered, troupe for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest like no other! A shipwreck washes the court of Milan onto a mysterious desert island - inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters! Join The Handlebards on Wednesday 10 July --> https://norden.farm/events/the-tempest-93

about 18 hours ago We have a jam-packed line up of events right on your doorstep at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead this half term! With magic from Morgan & West a tale based on The Ugly Duckling in Duckie starring Le Gateau Chocolat and guareented to get you dancing - our Concertini with Check out some of our highlights below or browse all school holiday events here ➡️ https://norden.farm/events/future/school%20holiday

about 21 hours ago There are only 20 tickets left for That Blind Comedian - Chris McCausland on Friday 7 June! Make sure you don't miss out on his brand new stand up show Speaky Blinder --> https://norden.farm/events/chris-mccausland-speaky-blinder

about 22 hours ago ⚡️⚡️Norden Farm News Flash ⚡️⚡️ We are excited to be joined by Russell Howard for three dates next week - trying out some brand new material! Tickets are on sale now through the link below ⬇️

about 23 hours ago Comedian Bilal Zafar is back in Maidenhead with a brand new show on Friday 24 May at 8pm - the perfect way to kick start your bank holiday! Social media has been taken over by bots spreading hate, fear and influencing how we vote. But Bilal has made his own bots to fight back - and these bots only want to spread love and compassion! As seen and heard on BBC Three, Channel 4, MTV, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Radio 4.

about 23 hours ago ⭐️ There's just over a day left of voting in this year's Muddy Stilettos Awards - we're very proud to have made it into the finals for Best Theatre in Berkshire! ⭐️ If you have a moment to spare, your support would be hugely appreciated! You can cast your votes here ➡️ https://berkshire.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote/theatre-arts-venue You can also support our fellow Maidenhead and Berkshire business across 24 categories including Best Bar, Best Gift Shop, Best Cafe and more!

about 24 hours ago Want to bring a bit of magic to your half term? Time travelling magicians Morgan & West return to Maidenhead with a jaw dropping, brain busting, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! Join them at Norden Farm on Mon 27 May at 11.30am and 2pm! More info and tickets --> http://bit.ly/MorganWestMagic

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