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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A showcase for established acts to test out new material.Monday December 5 2016Read more
The Cat In The Hat
A revival production of Katie Mitchell's National Theatre adaptation of Dr Seuss's 'The Cat In The Hat' arrives at the Pleasance in time for Christmas. Based on the madcap evocative children's books, the show follows Sally and her brother who meet a mischievous...Performance Tuesday December 6 2016 - Monday January 2 2017Read more
Matthew Crosby: Let's Be Friends: Work In Progress
The Pappy's alumni and sketch powerhouse who stars in BBC3's Badults presents hilarious new material.Stand-up Tuesday December 6 2016Read more
Andy Parsons: Work In Progress
The Mock The Week funny man tests out new material as he examines worrying, one of the things we Brits do best.Stand-up Wednesday December 7 2016 - Tuesday December 13 2016Read more
Tania Edwards: Work In Progress
Having recently supported Katherine Ryan on her sell out tour, Tania Edwards brings her new work in progress show to the stage to test out fresh material.Stand-up Thursday December 8 2016Read more
Jack Barry: Work In Progress
Anecdotal humour from the laid-back stand-up.Stand-up Saturday December 10 2016Read more
Richard Todd: Work In Progress
The big-haired personality presents some new material.Stand-up Sunday December 11 2016Read more
Bearpit Podcast (Podcast): Xmas Special
Sketch comedy from Mat Ewins, Fin Taylor, Matt Winning, Lolly Adefope, John Kearns, Adam Hess, Pat Cahill, David Elms and Richard Gadd.Sketch shows Monday December 12 2016Read more
Chris Turner, Daniel Nils Roberts, And Douglas Walker: Work In Progress (3/5 Of Racing Minds)
The improv legends and award-winning comedians present fresh material.Improv Monday December 12 2016Read more
Mat Ewins/Phil Dunning: Works In Progress
Comedian's Choice Winner for Best Show 2016 Mat Ewins workshops new material along with cult Edinburgh hit Dunning.Stand-up Thursday December 15 2016Read more
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The Pleasance has brought me so much joy in the form of hilarious comedy for incredible prices over the years!
This venue gives a platform for New talent, actors,comedians and other performers. An intimate and welcoming space, audiences always feel comfortable here.
Its always a pleasure to go to the pleasance, with such a fun and relaxed vibes... and that's before you even step into a show! With great programming, its a fantastic hidden gem that I couldn't recommend higher!
Great shows, great atmosphere and all at affordable theatre prices. The bar manager Dan is a great host and can really add to the night out.