Welcome to the home of Bath Comedy - for both the Spring time Bath Comedy Festival and events throughout the year.
The 8th Bath Comedy Festival will run Friday 1st April - Sunday 10th April 2016 and is becoming an essential part of Bath's cultural landscape as well as steadily gaining a national reputation for quality and innovation. Some events are already on sale, with more appearing every day and the full programme featuring over 100 events due out in mid-February.
Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel said "I can't wait for everyone to see this year's amazing line-up. With its hand-picked line-up filled with seasoned stalwarts of live comedy alongside Edinburgh previews, stars of the future and special one-off events unique to Bath Comedy Festival, 2016 will undoubtedly be the best year ever!''
This year's programme promises to be even bigger and more wide ranging than before, including as it does everything from avant garde stand-up to family friendly comedy shows, the now famous New Act Competition, the outrageous Wine Arts Trail mystery tour, international comedians, music and sketch comedy.
Once more the Festival will utilise new and unusual stages, whether it be the back room of a pub, the exciting new Widcombe Social Club or the streets of Bath, as well as more established venues like Bath Comedy's pet favourite upstairs at the Ring O Bells. There will also be a burgeoning pay-what-you-feel 'Free' Festival centred on Bath Brew House running alongside the ticketed events.
Headline acts so far include Dead Ringers and Impressions Show star Jess Robinson with Kirsty Newton, Patrick Monahan, Radio 4 favourites Hardeep Singh Kohli and Arthur Smith. Peter Richardson will be in town showing his new Comic Strip film at the Little Theatre Cinema and The Wine Arts Trail is back, bigger boozier and more bonkers than ever! There will be touring shows and Edinburgh previews from the likes of Stuart Goldsmith, Tom Neenan, Diane Spencer, Matt Green, Lewis Schaffer, Spencer Jones, Tamar Broadbent and The Travelling Sisters. The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are back by popular demand and a truly international element this year brings Norwegian comedian Dag Sørås to Bath fresh from supporting Doug Stanhope, as well as a long-awaited visit from German Paco Erhard. Comedy Festival regulars will remember American comedian Taylor Glenn on stage heavily pregnant at opening night three years ago. She returns to tell the tale of a Billion Days of Parenthood this year.
As usual the Rondo Theatre presents a week of comedy, this year including circuit favourite John Robins and the bizarre musical partnership of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. The Mission Theatre is also brought to the fore with both its Theatre Upstairs space and main house, which boasts a five day run of "Murder She Didn't Write". There's a comedic music night at Moles nightclub, two comedy walks around the city and elsewhere around town expect to find a variety of different shows at The St James Wine Vaults, The Bell, the YMCA and even a Bath resident's front room!
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Chek the what's on pages for those events already on sale...and more announcements will start to appear shortly!
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