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JANUARY – MARCH 2013

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LES HOMMES VIDES Les Hommes Vides is a twenty minute low-tech, charming, eerie and comic performance of slapstick and surreal table-top puppetry and object theatre. It contains scenes of plank action, eyeless shopping, bouncing puppets, poetry and prizes. Following the company’s highly successful debut production, Plucked, at LIMF12, Liz Walker’s latest show promises further adventures in the bizarre world of adult puppetry. Escape normality and suspend disbelief!

‘For 20 years she (Liz Walker) has explored the art form’s nightmare limits, with surreal dramas about puppets in crisis that have been likened to the works of David Lynch and Samuel Beckett.’ Independent on Sunday ‘Superlative puppets... they have such a fearsome, otherworldly demeanour.’ Guardian (on Faulty Optic’s Flogging a Dead Horse) Wed 16 – Sat 26 Jan, 6.30pm & 9pm (Saturdays 4.30 / 5.30 / 6.30 & 9pm) THEATRE – Tickets: £8

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THE KINGDOM LES HOMMES VIDES MARTYN JACQUES

BANE

BLIND SUMMIT:

THE HEADS The new show from the innovators who created memorable puppetry for Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly, Simon McBurney’s A Dog’s Heart and The Master and Margarita and their own hit shows Low Life, 1984, and most recently, the Biblically epic tabletop drama, The Table. The Heads is a cascade of imagery inspired by Cubism, McCarthyism and Catholicism, with guest appearances by a puppet Madonna, a cardboard J.Edgar Hoover, some giant hands and much more. ‘Blind Summit prove once again that when you’re working in miniature you don’t have to think small.’ Guardian (on The Table)

BLIND SUMMIT AND SOHO THEATRE When we saw Blind Summit’s The Table in Edinburgh 2011 we were bowled over by the originality, humour and beauty of the piece. So much so, that after their London International Mime Festival run here January 2012, we asked them to become a Soho Theatre Associate Company and supported them with creative time in our theatre to work on ideas for new shows. Wed 16 – Sat 26 Jan, 7.30pm (Thu & Sat mats at 3pm) THEATRE – Tickets: £15 – £20

Billed as Die Hard meets the Naked Gun on stage, Joe Bone’s multi award-winning Bane trilogy arrives in London. Action, comedy, music and drama are shaken together . ‘Phenomenal.’ Time Out Mon 7 – Sun 13 Jan, 9.30pm THEATRE – Tickets: £12.50 – £15

CRICK CRACK CLUB: FORBIDDEN BY JAN BLAKE A new play enigmatically pondering over whether some stories simply shouldn’t be told and if some subjects are off limits... Tue 8 Jan, 8pm THEATRE – Tickets: £9

CLAUDIA O’DOHERTY: THE TELESCOPE NOMINEE: BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 ‘Constantly amusing… An offbeat gem.’  Telegraph Wed 9 – Sat 12 Jan, 9.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £12.50

ALTERNATIVE COMEDY MEMORIAL SOCIETY Mon 14 Jan, 8pm COMEDY – Tickets: £12.50

BARRY CASTAGNOLA: WHERE’S BARRY? ‘A hugely entertaining show… great creations, sharp in-jokes… silly fun.’  Chortle Mon 14 + Tue 15 Jan, 8.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 THE HEADS

THE RUBBERBANDITS Their riotous, satirical hit single Horse Outside became a global 10m hit YouTube sensation. ‘The Daily Mail’s nightmare of a feral underclass… wild and winning.’  Guardian Tue 15 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 9.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £17.50

ANDREW DOYLE: WHATEVER IT TAKES Andrew Doyle’s critically-acclaimed new stand-up show enjoyed a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tue 15 – Wed 16 Jan, 7.15pm

IAIN STIRLING: HAPPY TO BE THE CLOWN? ‘One of the best joke writers on the circuit.’ GQ Thu 17 – Sat 19 Jan, 9.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £12.50

JEN BRISTER: NOW AND THEN ‘Blisteringly funny.’  List Tue 22 – Wed 23 Jan, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10

NISH KUMAR: WHO IS NISH KUMAR?

COMEDY – Tickets: £10

A stand-up show about being proud of your roots and ashamed about everything else.

NICK SUN: DEATH IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

‘A comic force not to be ignored.’  Chortle

‘If you didn’t like Nick Sun, then you sucked as an audience.’ Doug Stanhope Thu 17 – Sat 19 Jan, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10

LUISA OMIELAN: WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?! All the single ladies, all the Single Ladies! You know when you fall Crazy In Love, but it all goes tits up and you’re like Me, Myself and I, but then you Get Me Bodied, you’re like he’s the Best Thing I Never Had! I must have bumped my head, because Who Runs The World? ‘An intense, funny and manic hour of soul-baring comedy.’  Chortle

ALEXEI SAYLE Alexei Sayle returns to Soho Theatre with his first full-length solo stand-up show in over 16 years. After his return to live performance hosting a special series of shows at the start of this year, we are proud to welcome Alexei back. ‘Modern Comedy? We owe it all to one man.’ Chortle ‘Back on the stand-up stage for the first time in 16 years, his comic control remains something rare and wonderful.’ Times ‘Still gobby and engagingly self-deprecating.’ Evening Standard Mon 21 Jan – Sat 9 Feb, 7.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £20

Thu 24 – Sat 26 Jan, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

ALFIE BROWN: SOUL FOR SALE ‘Alfie Brown is quite simply the future of British stand-up.’  The List Thu 24 – Sat 26 Jan, 9.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

DANIEL SIMONSEN: CHAMPIONS ‘Packed with laugh-out-loud moments.’ Guardian WINNER: NEWCOMER FOSTERS EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012

Thu 17 – Sat 26 Jan, 9.15pm

Tue 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 7.15pm

COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £20

COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50 ALEXEI SAYLE

DAVID TRENT: SPONTANEOUS COMEDIAN ‘Funny and tightly put together.’  Guardian NOMINEE: NEWCOMER FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 Tue 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 8.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

JAMES ACASTER: PROMPT NOMINEE: BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 ‘Beautifully structured... Smart... Intelligent... One of the best pieces of straight stand-up at this year’s festival.’  Time Out

Theatre Bench in Assoc with Ros Povey & Perfect Pitch

LIFT 1 Lift. 8 Strangers. 54 Seconds. A thousand possibilities… LIFT: How the things we dare not say could change our lives and how those closest to us are often those we’ve never met. The world premiere of a new musical by Craig Adams and Ian Watson about love, life and loss in a London lift. Cast includes Julie Atherton (Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q), Nikki Davis-Jones (Wicked and Blood Brothers), Cynthia Erivo (Sister Act), Jonny Fines (Avenue Q), Luke Kempner (South Pacific), Ellie Kirk (Legally Blonde), George Maguire (20th Century Boy) and Robbie Towns (Legally Blonde).

PERFECT PITCH Is a not-for-profit company dedicated to the development of new British musicals through readings, workshops and showcases in collaboration with a network of partners within the UK. ‘Perfect Pitch, who are an extraordinary organisation, see, nurture, develop and incubate new ideas for musicals... I think we sometimes forget in Britain just how extraordinarily good we are at musicals.’ Stephen Fry, Patron of Perfect Pitch Wed 30 Jan – Sun 24 Feb, 7.30pm (Sat & Sun matinees 4pm) THEATRE – Tickets: £10 – £29.50

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 9.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £15

KATHERINE RYAN: NATURE’S CANDY ‘Ryan’s mixture of the gossipy, the bitchy, the dark and the upbeat works very well indeed.’  The List ‘Acridly funny.’ Sunday Times Mon 4 – Wed 6 Feb, 8.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

RICH HALL: RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN ‘Immaculate wordplay imbued with a genuine passion for the songwriter’s craft.’  Times Mon 4 – Sat 9 Feb, 9.30pm, Sun 10 Feb, 7pm COMEDY – Tickets £15 – £20 LIFT

SARAH KENDALL: GET UP, STAND UP Political but not polemical, hilarious but not haranguing, Sarah is one of the most acclaimed stand-ups in the industry. ‘Delivers with dastardly relish.’  Scotsman Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb, 9.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £15

JOE LYCETT: SOME LYCETT HOT

Snuff Box Theatre in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions present

BITCH BOXER

BY CHARLOTTE JOSEPHINE

Meet Chloe, 21 from Leytonstone. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, hairbrush-in-the-mirror karaoke with Rihanna and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she’s a boxer. Fighting fit from sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Snuff Box Theatre invites you ringside, for an adrenalinefuelled, no-holds-barred onewoman show.

‘One of the strongest emerging comedy talents we’ve seen in a long time.’ Time Out ‘Sweat-slick and tough, yet sweet and gifted with terrific NOMINEE: NEWCOMER timing.’  Times FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012

SOHO THEATRE’S YOUNG WRITERS AWARD In 2012 we launched our prestigious new Young Writers Award, to showcase the best work from the participants in our Soho Young Company, presented to a young writer whose work shows real promise and talent. The inaugural award was won by Charlotte Josephine, and now after a sell-out run in Edinburgh, we’re delighted to welcome Bitch Boxer back to Soho. Tue 19 Feb – Sat 9 Mar, 7pm (Sat matinees 3pm) THEATRE – Tickets: £10 – £15

Wed 6 – Sat 9 Feb, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

SAM FLETCHER: GOOD ON PAPER NOMINEE: NEWCOMER FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 Thu 7 – Sat 9 Feb, 8.45pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

DAVID BADDIEL: WORK IN PROGRESS Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb Mon 18 – Sat 23 Mar, 9.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10

WITTANK ‘A dazzling display of sketch genius.’  List Wed 13 – Thu 14 Feb, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £12.50 BITCH BOXER

HighTide Festival Theatre presents

BOTTLENECK

HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL THEATRE

THE FREEWHEELIN’ CARIAD LLOYD

BY LUKE BARNES

After the huge success of ‘A pocket dynamo of a comic.’ Ella Hickson’s Boys in June  Guardian “Am I a virgin? I think I am. I 2012, we’re thrilled to once mean it went in her but it was again be working with Thu 14 – Sat 16 Feb, 9pm floppy and it wasn’t very nice so Hightide Festival Theatre I think I’m a virgin. I’m going to on a new production. A COMEDY – Tickets: £12.50 say I am. Will look better on my company focused on the uni applications.” discovery, development and production of ZOE LYONS: Liverpool, 1989. Greg is exceptional new POP-UP COMIC fourteen. He has just started playwrights, the Guardian secondary school. He earns described it as ‘punching Fri 15 – Sat 16 Feb, 7.15pm pocket money sweeping up hair far above its weight.’ in a barbers. Girls are aliens. COMEDY – Tickets: £15 Liverpool FC are everything. ’An outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes.’ Bottleneck is a vibrant comingTONY LAW:  Telegraph of-age story about becoming a MAXIMUM NONSENSE man through adventures both Tue 19 Feb – big and small. It is about a Sat 9 Mar, 8.30pm Gloriously absurd, loud and notorious city; Liverpool. How (Sat matinees 4.30pm) ridiculous comedy. Tony brings the outside world views it, and his five-star, total sell-out, how it views the outside world. THEATRE – Tickets: £10 – £15 Edinburgh Comedy Awardnominated show to Soho Theatre for an extensive run. ‘One of the finest and funniest comics on the circuit.’ Time Out NOMINEE: BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 Mon 18 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 7.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £15 – £17.50

JAMIE KILSTEIN Known for his intelligent, noholds-barred take on religion, politics, corporate greed and veganism, Jamie’s consistently been compared by critics, comedians and audiences to fearless comic icons Bill Hicks and George Carlin. ‘Irresistibly endearing and wonderfully audacious.’
 Tim Minchin Mon 18 –Sat 23 Feb, 9.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £15 BOTTLENECK

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LADY RIZO Having won the inaugural TO&ST award (Time Out and Soho Theatre) for best cabaret show in Edinburgh 2012, New York star Lady Rizo makes her London debut. Revel in the luscious vocals of this Grammywinning diva as she combines glamour, wit and insane charm. A fascinating mix of bawdy humour and polished hyper-femininity, the brazen blonde will have you rolling with laughter. ‘If you only see one cabaret show this year, see Lady Rizo.’  Time Out WINNER: TO&ST 2012 Mon 18 Feb – Sat 9 Mar, 9.45pm CABARET – Tickets: £10 – £20

WILL FRANKEN A kaleidoscopic tsunami of mind-blowing character comedy. ‘Can’t remember one moment of this show that wasn’t funny.’  Scotsman Thu 28 Feb – Sat 9 Mar, 9.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £17.50

MAN 1, BANK 0 A must-see comedy adventure for anyone who has ever wanted to get one over on the bankers. ‘Extraordinary and highly entertaining.’  Irish Mail on Sunday Mon 4 – Sat 16 Mar, 7.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £17.50

ANDREW LAWRENCE: IS COMING TO GET YOU ‘His delivery is nothing short of genius… A wordsmith of great talent.’ Metro ‘Anyone who gives this spikily inventive performer the time of day will realise they’re in the presence of an A-list talent.’ Guardian Mon 11 – Sat 23 Mar, 9.30pm Mon 25 – Sat 30 Mar, 9pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £17.50

LORETTA MAINE: BIPOLAR ‘Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh… she performs brilliantly observed songs about love, loss and violent revenge.’ Guardian Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar, 9.45pm LADY RIZO

COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £15

Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany present

GOD’S PROPERTY

BY ARINZE KENE

Chima is not welcome in the area and only has a few hours to meaningfully connect with his brother. But outside a hostile community has been alerted to his return. Chima has been blamed for the death of a white girl and the vitriolic community won¹t be satisfied until it delivers its own rough justice.

It’s 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiralling unemployment and inner city riots. Ska beats dominate the Onochie faces the tough airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, decision of siding with the South London two mixed-race community he has tried to brothers are re-united. belong to, or standing with the brother he doesn’t know. Sixteen year old Onochie rules the family roost. His barely ‘Promise comes with a name known older brother Chima attached: Arinze Kene.’ returns home to find that Guardian Onochie is a skinhead who chooses to no longer be black.

SOHO SIX God’s Property is a script that grew out of Soho Theatre’s Soho Six Writers Group in 2011. Writer Arinze Kene was a member of this vital part of our Writers programme that commissions new writing and brings it to the stage. MULTI-TALENTED WRITERS As well as being a distinct new writing voice, Arinze is also a very recognisable face to those who are partial to some Eastenders action for playing bad boy Connor Stanley. Tue 26 Feb – Sat 23 Mar, 7.30pm (Sat matinees 3pm) THEATRE – Tickets: £10 – £20

GOD’S PROPERTY

TOTALLY TOM Wed 13 – Sat 16 Mar, 9.15pm COMEDY – Tickets: £10 – £12.50

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: JURASSIC BARK Piff the Magic Dragon embarks on his first Soho Theatre season accompanied by Mr Piffles the World’s First Million Dollar Chihuahua™. ‘A stunningly good magician.’ Penn & Teller NOMINEE: TO&ST 2012 Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar, 7.45pm CABARET – Tickets: £10 – £15

Polly Ingham Productions presents

DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY

BY RICHARD MARSH AND KATIE BONNA This achingly funny romantic catastrophe fuses poetry and prose to ask – can a one night stand last a lifetime? A very human tale of good intentions and bad timing. ‘Laughs are frequent, unsignalled and brilliant.’  Times WINNER: FRINGE FIRST AWARD 2012

A co-production between Dirty Stop-Out & TEAfilms

A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX

BY RACHEL HIRONS

Witness the rawest most hilarious portrayal of male and female attitudes, anxieties and agonisingly familiar sex tricks as Ryan and Laura meet for their second date. A true story based on your sex life. ‘Unflinchingly honest in its appraisal of this couple’s insecurities, mistrust of each other and tense negotiations of social rules. It’s funny because it’s so true.’ Fest

Tue 12 – Sat 30 Mar, 7.30pm (Sat matinees 3.15pm)

Mon 18 – Sat 30 Mar, 9.45pm (Sat matinees 5.30pm)

THEATRE –Tickets: £13 – £15

THEATRE – Tickets: £10 – £12

DOCTOR BROWN: BEFRDFGTH International comedy sensation Doctor Brown comes home to Soho Theatre with his 2012 Foster’s Edinburgh Award winning show Befrdfgth. WINNER: BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2012 WINNER: TOTAL THEATRE AWARD 2012

 Fest Mon 25 Mar – Sat 20 Apr, 7.30pm COMEDY – Tickets: £15 – £20

DOCTOR BROWN BROWN BROWN BROWN BROWN AND HIS SINGING TIGER Fri 29 & Sat 30 Mar, 1pm FAMILY – Tickets: £10

DIRTY GREAT LOVE MYDIDAE STORY VICTORIA MELODY


Soho Theatre January - March 2013 Guide