Comedy

A humour filled evening? If it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas then our Comedy section is the place to tell our readers.

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  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017
    Arley Hall & Gardens Northwich Cheshire CW9 6NA

    Outdoor Theatre - this Thursday

    The Comedy of Errors performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men

    On Thursday the Lord Chamberlain's Men return to the Walled Garden at Arley.

    This year they are performing The Comedy of Errors, which is sure to provide some classic moments of entertainment. You can read more about the cast and production here

    To book tickets over the weekend click here or from Monday call 01565 777353.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017
    Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

    0901 Buxton Comedy Festival eh

    The first Buxton Comedy Festival is on its way to the town this summer, as part of a 4-day event (31 Aug to 3 Sep), sponsored by Thornbridge Brewery. The barrels of beer and laughter ‘combo’ is the brainchild of Buxton Opera House, where many of the events will take place – alongside its sister venue, the Pavilion Arts Centre.

    Top comedy names on the bill include the sometimes controversial stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (headlining Sun 3 Sep), with his Best Of show. Whilst I'm a Celebrityfavourite Joel Domett plays the main-stage (on Sat 2 Sep), proving why he’s a rising star on the circuit.

    Damian Kingsley

    Damian Kingsley

    On Friday night there’s a fusion of both comedy and music, from the northern knees-up legends, Lancashire Hotpots. Skip to the following afternoon in the Pavilion Arts Centre and there’s a double-bill of Tanyalee Davis and Damian Kingsley. Damian is both funny and kind, recently performing 120 gigs, as part of his “penniless comedy tour” from Land’s End to Edinburgh – raising an astonishing £21K for Shelter! Tanyalee Davis, known as the Ferrari of comedy due to her “3’6″ stature and racy material will deliver her hilarious show Actual Size.

    Tanyalee Davis

    Tanyalee Davis

    For children aged 6+ the joke is on them during Saturday afternoon’s Comedy Club 4 Kids (Arts Centre) with clean stand-up and sketches, all aimed at children and their childish adults. For a ‘Sunday funday’ The Kagools are in town, a multi award-winning physical comedy duo ––treating us to their spontaneous buffoonery.  Look out as they have their own anorak fan base! Of course the line-up wouldn’t be complete without the monthly Buxton Buzz Comedy club, in situ during the festival on Friday night in the Arts Centre. Comedy films are also on the bill: Mon Oncle, The Ladykillers and Funny Bones.

    Other events during the festival include a Clowning Improvisation Workshop (Sun 3 Sep) and to open the festival (Thur 31 Aug) is The Man with the Twisted Hip as part of the hilarious  comedy drama The Game’s A Foot, Try the Fish – packed with non-stop laughs from start to finish.

    To find out more visit Buxton Opera House website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk and search for Comedy Festival, or pick up your copy of Buxton Opera House’s New Season Brochure.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    7:30 pmBuxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

    If Sherlock had a sense of humour, these mysteries would still give him a run for his money. Two delightfully silly whodunits from Tom Taylor, a Buzz Comedy Club favourite presents witticisms and farce in a 1930’s world of high society. Full of eccentric characters all played by Taylor.

    Tom Taylor

    Rakish, aristocrat Charlie Montague thinks he is the next best gent, loosely termed - to follow in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot. Charlie finds himself on his first case, to prevent a murder; it doesn’t quite go as planned. However, that doesn’t keep the budding detective down for long. As the man with the twisted hip sees Charlie accept an invitation to see the opening of a new art exhibition, where he is presented with the threat of murder and modern art. He is equally baffled by both.

    Full of one-liners, and bursting at the seams with nonstop laughs, The Game’s a foot, Try the Fish was a smash at Edinburgh Festival. It collected a host of four and five star reviews and enjoyed a three week sell out run, marking Taylor as one of the most exciting up and coming comedians and writers.

    The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish and The Man with the Twisted Hip are at Pavilion Arts Centre on 31 August at 7.30PM as part of the Buxton Comedy Festival. Tickets are £12, discounts are available.

  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    By ‘eck it’s a comedy hotpot

    This year’s Buxton Comedy Festival sees favourite flat-capped wearers The Lancashire Hotpots, celebrate ten years of songs. Lancashire institutions such as Chippy Teas and Shopmobility Scooters have helped the Hotpots built a well-earned reputation as the number one night out in the North West.

    Bernard and the gang present their unique style of comedy and music in their trademark thick Lancashire accent. Their comedy tunes look at Lancashire life, the woes of modern technology and British culture. Past hits include He’s Turned Emo, and eBay eck. Their debut album Never mind the Hotpots reached number one on the iTunes comedy album chart.

    The Hotpots started life remixing songs with a comedy spin for Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, who was well known for his mash ups of popular hits. The Hotpots soon developed their own version of comedy and folk all rolled into one, which as well as touring nationwide has gained them spots at Glastonbury Festival and Y-Not.

    “Every home should have a Lancashire Hotpots record” - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

    “What Snow Patrol would sound like fronted by the bloke from Scrappers” - Guardian

    “A wonderful night. You cannot help but get swept along” - Blackpool Gazette

    The Lancashire Hotpots will have you singing along with their funny folk songs on 1 September at 7.30PM. Tickets are priced at £18, No discounts are available.

  • Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017
    4:00 pmStudio Theatre, Buxton Opera House, Buxton

    Last year Buxton fringe winners The Kagools will be back at Buxton Opera House, as part of the Comedy Festival.

    These multi award-winning duo will be bringing their physical comedy act, while they may be wordless they are far from being quiet, with spontaneous silliness which is suitable for all the family.

    Since their first show in 2014, the Kagools have quickly gained fans far and wide with their unique brand of comedy. Tutti is their second full length show which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. Developed with bigger tricks and higher flicks, Tutti is currently touring the UK and Australia.

    The Kagools have enjoyed successful runs at Leicester Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe, Bath Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe World (Perth), Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Anywhere Festival (Brisbane); receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Their shows are an enchanting, bold, high-energy experience. They have won two years in a row at the Buxton Fringe taking home Best Family Show Buxton Fringe in 2015 and Best Comedy Show Buxton Fringe 2016.

    “Pure genius... Clever and entertaining... Comedy gold... Side-splittingly hilarious" BroadwayBaby

    The Kagools are a unique brand of comedy for the whole family to enjoy. The Kagools are on Sunday 3 September 4pm in the Studio TheatreTickets £12. No discounts available.

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Phill Jupitus, stand-up comedian, poet and TV stalwart will be at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre on 16 September with his show Juplicity for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. This experienced funny man delights and/or horrifies, with tales of chaos from his own life and the uncertain world that he lives in. With adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.

    Phill became a BBC 2 staple as team captain on Never mind the Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. He is a regular guest on QI and returned to television stand up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo.

    On BBC Radio 4, Phill is a regular panellist on the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.

    Phill’s theatre work includes playing Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind. He also appeared in the West End production of Urinetown in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell at the Apollo Theatre. His West End singing debut was in 2009, when he played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at The Shaftesbury Theatre.

    “A true comic talent" - Manchester Evening News

     Juplicity takes place on Saturday 16th September at 8PM in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Tickets are priced at £17.50 . Discounts are not available. To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperhouse.org.uk

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Hairpsray is on its way, with Opera House Chief Exec directing the National tour!

    The big, bold and beautiful production of the much-loved musical comedy Hairspray will visit more than 30 venues across the length and breadth of the UK, including Buxton in October.

    A star cast has been announced including Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad with Matt Rixon returning as Edna. Also returning is Layton Williams to play the role of Seaweed alongside musical theatre star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle. Newcomer Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

    Producer Mark Goucher said: “I am incredibly proud of this production of Hairspray and thrilled that it will be travelling the country again. The universal appeal of this heart-warming show has continued to delight us all, with families and musical theatre lovers alike packing out theatres night after night.”

    Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson MBE, who is also known to High Peak residents as Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Executive Director, a post which Paul took up in December 2016. Choreography for the tour of Hairspray is by Drew McOnie.

    The drama takes place in Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

    Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

     Hairspray is the perfect Half Term treat taking place at Buxton Opera House from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 October 2017. Tickets are priced from £26 to £42 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

     

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