Arts News

Friday, May 19, 2017
Haverhill Arts Centre

Acerbic comic Mark Thomas, who has been trying to make the world a better place for years by helping us to laugh at it, will be at Haverhill Arts Centre on Thursday, June 8 with his new show Gambling on the Future.

With his award-winning BBC TV series being cancelled and the BBC’s funding instead ploughed into a remake of Are you being served (well, according to this showanyway), Stewart Lee has returned to his roots and thrown himself into a punishing tour schedule starting in June 2016 taking him all the way through to April 2018.

How do you create a comedy about a third of the country living below the poverty line while three quarters of MPs are millionaires? It’s a tough one, but for the most part funny man Jonny Donahoe and guitarist Paddy Gervers succeed.

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Stewart Lee, one of the few comedians who actually delights in poor reviews and puts lines from them on his publicity posters (such as “clever but very unfunny - Rod Liddle, Sunday Times) will be back at Cambridge Corn Exchange on May 13 – possibly pleased with the show he gave there in March. Lee is known for taking no prisoners. If he doesn’t like the audience he will tell them.


Regarded as stand-up comedy’s coolest customer, and arguably the one with the sexiest voice in the business, Reginald D Hunter will be at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Sunday, May 28 with his new show, Some People V Reginald D Hunter.

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The film, Hidden Figures (PG), which you may have missed at mainstream cinemas, is showing at Saffron Screen in Saffron Walden on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30.


Ever felt like you should be better at feminism?


The Jesterlarf Comedy Club returns to Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday, April 22 for an evening stand-up comedy. The line-up includes Geoff Norcott, described as a master of anecdotal story telling, delivering impressions, risque material and politics.

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Omid Djalili brings his stand-up show Schmuck for a Night to Cambridge Corn Exchange on April 15.


The Scummy Mummies know your parenting secrets.


Reginald D Hunter will be at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Sunday, May 28 with his show Some People V Reginald Hunter and will sell out. About half the seats are already sold.

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National treasure, broadcaster, poet and comic Ian McMillan will be joined by leading cartoonist Tony Husband at Holy Trinity Chrishall Church on February 24 for a fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two hilarious men reflect upon life.

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Barry Cryer says the trick to comedy is to “get the laughs in early”.

Haverhill Arts Centre

Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce, stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show, winners of the Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe award, and proud recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe (2016) Total Sell Out Show, present their brand new sketch show, Croft and Pearce are not Themselves, at Cambridge Junction on Friday, February 10.

BBC Radio

Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery brings his a new stand-up show to Cambridge Junction on January 27. He promises an opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments.


A new exhibition called Life in an English Village at Braintree Museum has a display of prints and drawings by the Bardfield Artists, including some original black and white sketches by Edward Bawden, unseen for 20 years.

George Chapman

Nathan Caton, as seen on BBC television’s Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week and BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show, will be at Cambridge Junction on November 19.

BBC Radio

A new comedy night begins from Thursday, November 24 at the Rhodes Arts Complex, starting with Jarlath Regan whose podcast An Irishman Abroad podcast, won him an award universal acclaim and a global audience. Also winner of the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2011, Scottish comic Matt Winning. Matt was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards 2012.


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