Headlined by Al Murray
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 Al Murray and guests for a unique night of work-in-progress stand-up. For over 20 years, Al has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades and hosted an array of TV series including Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV) and the ground breaking sitcom Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One), which has become something of a modern day cult classic. Al’s other live TV appearances as The Pub Landlord include The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and Live at the Palladium (ITV) to name just a few.
Al 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.
Annie McGrath is a comedian renowned for her deadpan style. She is also a talented artist and host of the podcast Secret Artists. She curated Art is the Best Medicine, an exhibition of artworks by comedians including Vic Reeves, Harry Hill, Josie Long, Jenny Eclair and Alex Horne to raise money for Mental Health UK. Annie was selected to be part of a line-up of alternative stand-up and character comedians on Channel 4’s Sparks series. She has appeared in a number of comedy sketches for the Sparks strand, as well as co-writing and starring in Channel 4’s Girls Go Trolling. She acted alongside Gemma Whelan in the BAFTA-nominated short horror film The Blue Door. An established sketch writer, Annie was a finalist in the 2018 Funny Women Awards with her short PanettoneGate. She returned to the awards in 2019, where her 5-part series Baby Shower came runner-up for Best Web Series. Annie’s stand-up has featured on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4 Extra and she has written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack.
Tania Edwards is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. She is a member of The Cutting Edge Team at The Comedy Store. Credits include Stand Up For The Week, Twit of the Year (Channel 4), Mock the Week, Après Ski (BBC2), and The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4). She was a panellist on The Blame Game (BBC1 Northern Ireland), and is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s Comedy Club. She recently supported Katherine Ryan on her sell out tour. Tania was a finalist in the Hackney Empire, Amused Moose, Leicester Square, Latitude, and Funny Women competitions. Her five-star solo show Not My Dog won the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Fringe Show 2018. Her most recent solo show Don’t Mention It garnered rave reviews. Her jokes were selected as Best of the Fringe in The Evening Standard, The Telegraph and The Mirror.
Age Guidance: 14+
Running Time: 2 hours, 40 mins (inc. 2 intervals)
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.
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
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