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
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
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
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?
£12 per session, £20 both sessions
Buffet Supper between sessions £12 (must be booked in advance)
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
£14 (£12 conc)
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
£14 (£12 conc)
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.
Russell Howard is back to test out some brand new material in intimate surroundings alongside some of his favourite comedians.
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 bar