Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jan 31 2013
Intrinsically linked to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Pleasance has an outpost in Islington as well as a home in Edinburgh come August's Fringe fest. While its Edinburgh venues (26 in total) come alive during the summer, the Islington Pleasance plugs away all year round turning out new productions and hosting hot comic talent. Graham Norton, Al Murray, Harry Enfield, Bill Bailey and Harry Hill have all made regular appearances here while comic wannabes are often found trying out new material before heading up north. Theatre productions tend toward the innovative and socially pertinent with mixed results.
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What's on at Pleasance Theatre
Solo shows, Musical comedy, Stand-up
Low-key musical comic David Elms – winner of the 2014 Musical Comedy Awards – brings his solo to London following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Elms's subtle songs are full of elegant punchlines.
Vinay Patel's new piece follows two strangers on the Dartford crossing at midnight. The writer's first London run explores mental health, loneliness and technological change through the encounter of a 23 year-old Andrea and 47 year-old Roland. 'Free Fall'...
Miranda Hennessy and her sketch comedy associates perform their latest full-length show, 'Murmurs', in London.
Stand-up, Solo shows
Talented character comic and friendship professional Kieran Hodgson goes into great detail about a life-changing school trip to France.
Fringe, Drama, Shakespeare
Here's a new one: a version of Shakespeare's tragedy in the pitch black. London Contemporary Theatre play out the entirety of the play in the round, in darkness. It sounds a little like just a radio play, with your eyes closed, but hey, it's certainly...
- Critics' choice
This sketch trio – made up of Stevie Martin, Liz Smith and Tessa Coates – are barely 18 months old (in sketch years, that’s just past ‘shitting yourself’), but Massive Dad have already produced an impressively slick debut show that’s brimming with smart,...
Stripped Down Productions's inaugural production of David Ian Lee's piece about kidnapped soldiers in WWII. Seven actors play seven Soviet soldiers who are stripped naked and abandoned in a locked cellar. As time goes on, the seven must resort to murder...
Solo shows, Storytelling
Tom Neenan – one half of acclaimed sketch duo The Gentlemen of Leisure – brings his lovingly written ghost story to the Hen and Chickens, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Neenan plays Leopold Clarke, who narrates the tale of a spooky trip to the...