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GYLES BRANDRETH - Break a Leg!

7.30pm Saturday 21 May 2022 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

3.00pm Sunday 22 May 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

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), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

 

*****‘A master raconteur’ Telegraph.

***** ’Total joy’ Scotsman

 

Age 11+

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RICH HALL - Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe

8.00pm Thursday 26 May 2022 Palace Theatre, Paignton

8.00pm Friday 27 May 2022 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

8.00pm Saturday 28 May 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Rich Hall’s comedy/music locomotive keeps on rollin’. Ever-evolving, ever-changing, Rich’s combination of keen acerbic stand-up combined with spit and sawdust alt-country lyricism is a “win-win” (GUARDIAN), as sold out crowds across the UK have attested. Fans keep returning because this show goes where other comedians wouldn’t dare: Barrow-in-Furness for example.

Rich’s acclaimed BBC4 documentaries (most recently Rich Hall’s Red Menace) and his Radio 4 series Election Breakdown have established a whole new legion of followers. He’s also a stalwart of QI and Have I Got News For You. But seeing the Hoedown is a whole different experience. Gut-busting, rib-tickling, toe-tapping, and shit-kicking, Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe covers the full anatomical spectrum.

“Vital and incredulously angry. Hilarious.” (THE SCOTSMAN)

 

Age Strictly 14+

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GORDON BUCHANAN - 30 Years In The Wild

7.30pm Wednesday 1 June 2022 Launceston Town Hall

One of the most prominent wildlife presenters and filmmakers working today, Gordon Buchanan’s journey is a remarkable story to tell.

Having contributed to some of the most popular wildlife programmes on TV, we have been able to see his incredible passion for the animal kingdom and the unique ability he has for presenting such hidden animal worlds to an audience.

For the first time, Gordon will be taking a look back at his incredible 30 years working both behind and in front of the camera. This will be a rare opportunity to discover what has driven his career and for Gordon to show us his most favourite wildlife encounters. 

Star of ‘Animals & Me’ on BBC Two Gordon’s other recent productions include Equator from the Air, Life in Polar Bear Town and the highly acclaimed Tribes, Predators and Me series, all on BBC Two and Life in the Snow and Super Cute Animals all for BBC One.

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SUGGS - What a King Knut a life in the realm of madness

7.30pm Saturday 1 October 2022 Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

7.30pm Sunday 2 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tours with ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. 

If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, Suggs: What a King Cnut is about the surprises that awaited him when he did. 

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace, nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics, the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury.

Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ How has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. 

With help from Deano his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more what he wrote all on himself.

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NED BOULTING - Retour De Ned

7.30pm Saturday 8 October 2022 Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

7.30pm Sunday 9 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

What I Talk About When I Talk About The Tour de France

After a year away from the front line, ITV’s Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting returns with a fresh assault on our cycling senses.

The cunningly entitled “Retour de Ned” is an indispensable theatrical road map for anyone aspiring to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées: a really very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) which will need to be deployed to win the biggest bike race in the world. Along the way, there will be time to call to mind the greatest racers of the age, and to do hopelessly bad impressions of them. There will be scope to celebrate all that is French about France, and all that is Tourish about the Tour: Stuff like ignoring 12th century cathedrals, peeing at the side of the road, pushing spectators over, punching demonstrators and generally behaving like a shaven-legged hooligan for a month while riding over entire mountain ranges. 

So come along for another ride through the peaks and troughs of the silliest and the grandest month of the year, as Ned hands out his copious, thoroughly unreliable, advice on How To Win The Tour de France. Or if not that, then at least How To Watch It On The Telly.

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HENRY BLOFELD - My Dear Old Things

7.30pm Saturday 15 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

Being confined to the pavilion for the past couple of seasons has given Henry time to reconnect with his Norfolk roots and reflect on a truly extraordinary life.  This reflection inspired the online film, At Home With Henry, and this new theatre show. 

In My Dear Old Things, Blowers recalls his days as a young England hopeful, how an Eton bus knocked him off his stride - and his bike - recoiling from a career in the City to work as a cricket journalist before finding his way into the TMS box.  

There are hilarious tales of Johnners, Arlott and other larger-than-life characters in the box and on tour with England. Henry also has plenty of hysterical stories from his post-retirement appearances on Would I Lie to You? and The Real Marigold Hotel. 

Backed by film and rare personal pictures on our big screen, My Dear Old Things is an absolute treat for the cricket connoisseur and a wonderfully engaging evening for all.

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DOM JOLY - Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps

7.30pm Sunday 16 October 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

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-trotter 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. 

The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

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OMID DJALILI - The Good Times Tour

8pm Thursday 27 October 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

After experimenting with a Zoom gig where he got muted by 639 people and a Drive-in gig where Omid witnessed an audience member get out his car, attach a hose pipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window; multi award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now where he belongs, on a stage and bringing back the Good Times.  

Intelligent, always provocative, entertaining, Omid’s legendary stand-up performances is a captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood films to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid is seen hosting his own ITV quiz show The Winning Combination. He appeared in the smash hit Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again, His Dark Materials for BBC1 & HBO, and Letter For The King on Netflix. Omid also gained rave reviews for his leading role of Tevvye in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of “Fiddler On The Roof”.

 

 “So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice.” - Michael Levin, Huffington Post

 

 "A thin, high cheek-boned, flamboyant luvvie.” - The Guardian

Age 16+

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CHRIS McCAUSLAND - Speaky Blinder

8pm Wednesday 16 November 2022 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

8pm Thursday 17 November 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for YOu, QI, and Live at the Apollo... One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!

 

Tour extended due to exceptional demand!

 

"A joke heavy show with gags a plenty" The List

 

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

EdFestMagazine

 

'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny'

Chortle

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GARY DELANEY - Gary in Punderland

7.30pm Sunday 18 December 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!

 

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’  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

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FRANCIS ROSSI - Tunes and Chat

7.30pm Friday 14 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. It’ll be a unique evening in which Francis will reprise fan favourites from a remarkable 50+year career. Expect original-style, acoustic versions of Quo classics, threaded together with chat in this music based evening. VIP packages are available for those wishing to meet Francis before the show.

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MARTI PELLOW - Pellow Talk

7.30pm Wednesday 24 May 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

You’ve never seen me like this before. You’ve never been this close. I’m inviting you to spend an intimate evening with me – think of it as coming back to my place for a night of stories and songs. Pellow Talk is a chance to learn all about me, not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but as a boy and a man. It’s a chance to understand the DNA of the hits that we’ve listened to and loved over the years. The evening will be wrapped in music, from songs you know to ones you’ll get to know. There’ll be laughter as we travel from the banks of the River Clyde to the top of the charts, then onto Broadway and beyond. There’ll be no mask and no character. This is me, Marti, stepping out of the shadows, speaking directly to you. The invitation is there. I hope you come and spend some time with me. Enough living has been done for a life to unfold. Enough years have passed for a story to be told. 

Marti Pellow