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Happy New Year!

This year's first events announced and on sale !

Festival Director Nick Steel has revealed some of what we've got to look forward to in 2013

He said: "Bath Comedy Festival 2013 is going to be another great year! Now, I've nothing against stadium type shows, but what makes this Festival special is its unique events and the ability to deliver the intimate experience of quality shows in small to medium sized venues, and I'm busy trying hard to programme as much as possible along these lines.

"Without our pet venue of Widcombe Social Club (the club is closed for redevelopment at present), the core programme will be based at a variety of other venues around the city, some of which have never been used for comedy before.

"I'm delighted to welcome back German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn to the Festival with his brand new show. We've also got recent Celebrity Mastermind winner Simon Evans, (watch out for him on Live at the Apollo tonight at 9.30pm on BBC1), and there will be a host of other great comedians - watch this space as more shows will be revealed very soon!".

"Henning Wehn Knows Bestest" is at Bath Rugby Clubhouse on Wednesday 3rd April and
"Simon Evans - Friendly Fire" is at Bath Cricket Club on Sunday 7th April.
These and some other shows are already on sale - see the what's on page for details - and others are being added as soon as sales come online.

The popular New Act Competition is currently still taking submissions, the Grand Final of which will be held on Saturday 6th April at Bath Cricket Club, hosted by Tom Craine.

Other highlights will include solo shows from Alan Francis, Neil McFarlane, Wil Hodgson, Daniel Simonsen, Clovis van Darkhelm, Gary Delaney, Danny Buckler and Matt Richardson, amongst others, plus the very exciting return of The White Wine Arts Trail mystery tour featuring Natural Theatre Company - you'll have to wait a little more to find out about this... Another unusual cabaret is to be hosted by the ineffable Arthur Smith, and you'll have a chance to have Sunday lunch with Bill Smarme & the Bizness.

The Rondo Theatre will present another season of comedy theatre, stand-up and poetry during and after the festival, and the Comedy Cavern is back again with some top notch performers. Funny Women will be back with "Sex, lies and lots of cake" and there will also be a whole set of events presented by Sal Monello.

More details of all this and more coming soon!

Help the Festival

Our Friends scheme is still in operation - for 75 a year you can enjoy complimentary tickets, 'thank you' accreditations on our web site, and membership of an exclusive group of donors who by their generosity contribute to the long term success of the Festival. Email

For Sponsors, there are some exciting and rewarding small to large scale opportunities why not talk to us about what we can do to promote your business in association with the Festival.
Email for more information.

Volunteers are required for jobs such as stewarding and programme distribution.
Email to register your interest.

Inside This Issue
Excitement over Festival line-up
Help the Festival
Henning Wehn
Simon Evans
The White Wine Arts Trail
Tom Craine
Gary Delaney

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