Soho Theatre entrance
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 31 2012
Its cool blue neon lights, front-of-house café and occasional late-night shows may blend it into the Soho landscape, but since taking up residence on Dean Street in 2000 Soho Theatre has made quite a name for itself. It attracts a younger, hipper crowd than most theatres, and brings on aspiring writers and youth theatre companies. Productions tend to be quite issue-heavy, but the occasional left-field promenade work and a strong comedy line-up add a daring sparkle. Over the last few years Soho Theatre has become one of the best places to see comics breaking free from abbreviated club circuit sets to present more substantial solo shows. British and international talent has included Russell Brand, Michael McIntyre, Kristen Schaal and Doug Stanhope. A major 2011 refurbishment included the launch of Downstairs, a dedicated comedy and cabaret space. Its hard lines, low stage and packed table seating favour the former over the latter but the Soho consistently books outstanding talent from the international cabaret circuit, from Justin Vivian Bond, Meow Meow and Caroline Nin to our own David Hoyle, Bourgeois & Maurice and the Tiger Lillies.
What's on at Soho Theatre
Solo shows, Big-name talent, Stand-up
Egyptian-American stand-up Ahmed Ahmed – part of the hugely successful worldwide comedy tour 'Axis of Evil', which became the first ever Middle Eastern stand-up special on Comedy Central – heads to London for a solo run. In the States he's starred in...
Solo shows, Political comedy, Topical comedy, Stand-up
Fans of hugely popular podcast 'The Bugle' rejoice! Co-host Andy Zaltzman is back at Soho Theatre with his 'Satirist for Hire' show. Email Zaltzman with what you'd like him to satirise, and he'll do just that. He's still probably the best satirical comic...
Solo shows, Stand-up
- Critics' choice
Soho Theatre continues its season of impressive American stand-ups with a soho show from Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik. He's a dark, deranged stand-up, telling near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he has his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik...
Stand-up, Solo shows, Big-name talent
No-nonsense stand-up Dave Hughes is a household name in his homecountry of Australia. Expect the Aussies to be flocking to the Soho Theatre to catch his pithy jokes.
Sketch shows, Musical comedy
YouTube sensations-turned-live comics is becoming a increasing trend. The latest are Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, otherwise known as Jack and Dean. On the interwebs the pair's sketches and short films have over 20 million views. Now you can catch them...
Off-West End, Comedy
Irish Theatre Company Rough Magic brings this contemporary farce by Mark Cantan to London about Alan and Robin who decide to spice up their sex life and end up heading for a threesome. A whole lot of mix ups follow.
Stand-up, Solo shows
Following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Australian rising star Luke McGregor brings his solo show to London. McGregor won the Best Newcomer award at last year's Melbourne Comedy Festival for a show about the fear of failure, and now he's worrying about...
Solo shows, Character comedy, Stand-up
- Critics' choice
Dressed in a stained tuxedo, sporting a greasy combover and phlegming into his own drink, 'America's Funnyman' Neil Hamburger (aka, the character creation of Gregg Turkington) isn't your typical 'Live at the Apollo' guest. Since the early '90s, the haggard...
Big-name talent, Musical comedy, Stand-up
London, prepare to be kicked hard in the baubles, as the thrillingly unpredictable Nick Helm hits the capital with a festive treat. The BBC Three star's 'Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!' is bound to be as much about gravel-voiced classic rock tunes as...
Stand-up, Big-name talent, Work-in-progress
Razor-sharp Irish rascal and former 'Buzzcocks' team captain Sean Hughes workshops new material.