Griff Rhys Jones - All Over the Place,
8.00pm Thursday 28 November 2019 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
8.00pm Friday 29 November 2019 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
8.00pm Saturday 30 November 2019 Palace Theatre, Paignton
Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show. Following sell out performances of his previous one man entertainments ‘Jones and Smith’ and ‘Where Was I?’ and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it's time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O'clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures. It’s all guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Yes, Griff is all over the place this year so make sure not to miss him!
‘Great comedy’ **** The Telegraph
'Very funny' The Scotsman
'The jokes come faster than the rapids on the River Tay' The Guardian
Michael Portillo - Life, A Game of Two Halves,
7.30pm Monday 9 December 2019 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
7.30pm Friday 13 December 2019 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. Although his political career then came to a humiliating end, losing his seat in May 1997, Michael has since reinvented and endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for the solid workmanship found in the great railways of the world, the effect of the railways on the history of countries and the daily lives of their people. Listen to his story, told with a “parliamentary stand-up” wit, and then feel free to question him about it. Followed by a book signing.
BBC Radio Four - Any Questions?
7.25pm Friday 10 January 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
The BBC Radio 4 recording of Any Questions?. It is a topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. From a different location each week
Mark Thomas - 50 Things About Us
8.00pm Saturday 1st February 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show.
50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?
“Look, I have been doing this for 34 years. I have gone from stand-up to theatre and half way back again. It’s another slightly odd show, a sort of sweary, History Channel with laughs and creative mischief.
If you’ve seen my shows before, this one is going to be a show in the vein of 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.”
★★★★★ “A master of this type of entertainment…” THE ARTS DESK
★★★★ “This a show that comes from the guts” THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ “Righteous, moving and funny… Mark Thomas should be on prescription” THE HERALD
Simon Evans - The Work of The Devil,
8pm Wednesday 4th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
8pm Thursday 5th March 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 (***** “A Masterclass” The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.
“A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale… rich with Evans' wit and caustic observation.”
(**** The Scotsman)
“You expect a highstandard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something sodeeply personal, he’s exceeded what seemed to be his full potential… I’d expect
it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff.” ( **** ½Chortle)
Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock
The Week, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon
Evans Goes To Market. Simon hasmade appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals.
Dom Joly - Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps,
7.30pm Friday 20th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
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-trotting 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.
Clive Anderson - Me Macbeth & I,
8.00pm Friday 27th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with his much-anticipated first ever solo tour, in a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.
‘A complete delight’ ****
‘An assured and entertaining show’ ****
Gyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!
7.30pm Saturday 25 April 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
3.00pm Sunday 26 April 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
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