9 Aug

Comedy In The Courtyard

Headlined by Russell Howard

Price: £20

*This performance is SOLD OUT'

Join us for a stellar line-up of live stand-up comedy in our open-air Courtyard. See some of the best acts from around the country return to the stage for the first time in 4 months - trying out new material for your viewing pleasure.

Join Russell Howard and guests for a unique night of work-in-progress stand-up. A rare opportunity to see one of the most successful comedians in the country working up brand new material. Russell is currently on his (postponed due to Coronavirus) third and largest world tour Respite which will take him to 69 cities across 24 countries in 5 continents, and started with a sold-out, critically acclaimed UK arena run in Autumn 2019

Russell will be joined by Steve Bugeja, one of the circuit’s most exciting comedians. Steve hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles and has made numerous appearances on TV shows including The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Zoe Ball on Saturday (ITV1). Steve won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013 and has since performed numerous Edinburgh Fringe shows and national tours, as well as making a name for himself internationally.

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2017, Lauren Pattison is a comedian, actor and writer. Her vast TV appearances include two episodes of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC) and internationally on New Zealand’s 7 Days  (TV3), Australia’s Comedy Up Late (ABC) and Canada’s The Stand-Up Show with Katherine Ryan (The Comedy Network Canada). As an actor her credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Jerk (BBC3) and Climaxed (BBC3). On top of earning a Best Newcomer nomination, Lauren’s debut Edinburgh Fringe show earned her the prestigious Herald Angel Award and was the best-reviewed show at The Pleasance that year. She has since performed internationally in Australia, New Zealand and India and at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as part of the Brit(ish) lineup alongside Sara Pascoe, Joel Dommett, Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar. Lauren can currently be heard hosting the critically acclaimed podcast Conversations Against Living Miserably produced by the TV channel Dave in partnership with CALM. Lauren previously co-hosted two series of weekly podcast Ed & Lauren for BBC Radio 1 and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 shows including Where’s The F In News, The Placebo Effect and Nasty Women.

Steve Hall is a stand-up comedian and writer. He is a regular writer on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), and has supported Russell on his international tours, Round the World and Respite. Steve has written on five series of Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC2) as well as numerous other programmes, such as Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), A League of Their Own (Sky), and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). He is a regular guest on The Frank Skinner Show (Absolute Radio) and has appeared as a panellist on The Rest is History (BBC Radio 4). Steve was one third of the critically lauded sketch group We Are Klang alongside Greg Davies and Marek Larwood, who were nominated for the Edinburgh Perrier Award in 2006, and the 2007 Barry Award at Melbourne Comedy Festival. Steve wrote and starred in the group’s sitcom series for BBC3 in 2009.


Age Guidance: 14+
Running Time: 2 hours, 40 mins (inc. 2 intervals)


Ticket Information

There are two types of tickets for the Courtyard.

Stalls (Seated) are wooden benches, on three sides. Gallery (Standing) is raised above the stalls and offers great views of the stage. There is a handrail to lean on.  

Tickets are available in fixed groups; you can purchase a ticket to admit 1, 2, 3 or 4 people.

Please ensure that your group belongs to the same household or support bubble. Each group will be distanced from other groups by 1 metre, in line with government guidance.

What to Expect

We can't wait to welcome you back through our doors. If you've visited us before, things may look and feel a little different. To keep you safe, social distancing and other measures will be in place to ensure best practice with Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note the following:

- You must arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start time of the performance
- All visitors will be required to wear a mask during the performance
- A one way system and hand sanitising stations will be in place
- Visitors are required to remain in their allocated seats throughout the performance.
- No drinks can be taken into the Courtyard or consumed during the performance.
- There will be two intervals, when you can enjoy pre-ordered drinks or table service in our Scratch Bar, and use the toilets

Please click the below for full information on what to expect and how to prepare for your visit.




This event takes place in our open-air Courtyard.

Step-Free Access

There is step-free access and wheelchair accessible seating on the ground floor level of the Courtyard.

There is step-free access to Scratch Bar and ground floor public spaces. There are accessible toilet facilities across the building.

Wheelchair spaces 
Due to social distancing guidelines, we have  significantly reduced the number of seats in the Courtyard. There is one wheelchair space available on the ground floor level, per performance. This can be booked online as part of a pair (includes one wheelchair space and one seat).

Access Companions
If you are disabled and require a companion to accompany you in order to attend the performance, you can book a pair of tickets online which includes one free access companion.

Movement During the Performance
To keep all of our audience members  safe and to comply with govenment guidelines on Covid-19, we need to require everyone to stay in their allocated seat for the duration of the performance. There will be two intervals, where you can use the toilet or enjoy drinks at the Scratch Bar.  No segment of the performance will be longer than 50 mins.

Further Information
Download the pre-show information or visit our Access Page.