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
Off-West End, Drama
- Rating: 4/5
- Critics' choice
Whereas Romeo and Juliet just couldn’t get it together, Harry and Jo – the couple in Vicky Jones’s itchingly uncomfortable but very funny new play – can’t be apart. They’re made for each other. Or are they? Jones keeps us guessing. As the couple stay...
Previously a three-man sketch troupe, The Pin are now just a duo: Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen. Both are Cambridge Footlights alumni, and they're just as unashamedly posh in their post-uni skits. Owen's the bossy, sensible one. Ashenden's silly and a bit-of-a-thicko....
Stand-up, Solo shows, Musical comedy
Very talented musical comic Rachel Parris had people queuing round the block at the Edinburgh Fringe to nab seats for her free comedy debut 'The Commission'. Now she's bringing the show to the Soho Theatre. It's a very imprsssive solo debut, with smart...
Anti-comic Richard Gadd – a regular at trendy comedy venue The Invisible Dot – makes his Soho Theatre debut, performing his solo show 'Cheese and Crack Whores'. If you like your comedy slightly crazy and a tad deranged, take a punt on Gadd.
Big-name talent, Musical comedy
A mix of music, comedy, liquor and spent dreams with Rich Hall and his talented band. Tremendous fun.
Off-West End, Drama
Billy Hayes's harrowing five-year stint in a 1970s Turkish prison was the basis of his 1976 book, Midnight Express, and the hit 1978 film adapted from it. Now he recounts his story in a theatrical solo show, directed by John Gould Rubin.
Stand-up, Solo shows
Wild-haired stand-up Seann Walsh – star of 'Stand Up for the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo' – received a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his solo show about, well, being lazy. He's matured (so to speak) into a talented observational comic,...
Stand-up, Big-name talent, Work-in-progress
One of the finest comedians this country has ever produced, Stewart Lee returns to Soho with a series of work-in-progress shows, ahead of recording the fourth series of his 'Comedy Vehicle'. These tickets will go quickly, so don't be Ang Lee that you...
Stand-up, Solo shows, Big-name talent, Special guest
Meandering Canadian storyteller Glenn Wool has travelled the world, performed seven solo stand-up shows over 20 years, and has built up a huge vault of material. So, for this limited Soho Theatre run, he's performing a 'best of', featuring his favourite...