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.
If every there were a place in London to get a year-round taste of the Edinburgh Fringe it's here: because comedians and cabaret are an integral part of its bill, because so much theatre work from the Fringe transfers down here, and because with its multiple rooms, late shows and ever-buzzing bar, it does feel like an Edinburgh Fringe venue – and a good one too.
It has to be said that Soho excels in almost every area apart from the production of good in house work, something it's consistently struggled with (though it has many fine co-productions). But this barely impacts on anybody's good time, and it's hard to hold it against the most fun theatre in central London.
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The Scots are in town with their award-winning sex comedy. Starring the hilariously mismatched James Young and Amy Cocachan, Wendy Hoose co-directed by Johnny McKnight and Robert Softley Gale explores love, dating and disability from a contemporary perspective...Comedy Until Saturday May 7 2016Read more
The Passion of Lady Vendredi
With a deep-seated fear of audience participation, I found walking into the dark basement of Soho Theatre to be confronted by the already gyrating cast of immersive cabaret show ‘The Passion of Lady Vendridi’ mildly alarming, to say the least. And it...Experimental Until Saturday April 30 2016Read more
Marcus Brigstocke: Why The Long Face?
Social and political commentary from the long-faced stand-up and popular satirist known for his frequent appearances on TV panel shows.Stand-up Until Saturday May 7 2016Read more
The Vaudevillains: Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales
Crowned ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar’ in 2013 the hilarious Jinkx Monson went on to perform in a sell-out off-Broadway production of The Vaudevillains. Now she’s brought her fabulousness to the UK with her cabaret co-star Major Scales. Together they...Musicals Until Saturday May 14 2016Read more
Dane Baptiste – Reasonable Doubts
South East Londoner Dane Baptiste – who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2014 – follows up that gong-nominated debut with an insightful, thought-provoking new stand-up show. In 'Reasonable Doubts', the slick,...Stand-up Tuesday May 3 2016 - Saturday May 7 2016Read more
Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap
Danish stand-up Sofie Hagen deservedly won the Best Newcomer gong at the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. On the surface, Hagen's debut solo show, 'Bubblewrap', seems like it's about the comic's ongoing obsession with Irish boyband Westlife: as...Stand-up Friday May 6 2016 - Saturday May 7 2016Read more
Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire
Political satire from the writer and radio regular, who responds to audience questions about the state of the world, including the thorny issues of Syria, criminal justice and the lyrics of Carly Rae Jepsen.Stand-up Monday May 9 2016 - Monday July 11 2016Read more
Alex Edelman: Everything Handed To You
This young comic's confident delivery, smart jokes and brilliantly pedantic stories have wowed audiences and critics alike. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges loved him, and awarded the New York- and Boston-raised comic Best Newcomer for 'Millennial',...Stand-up Tuesday May 10 2016 - Wednesday May 25 2016Read more
Monster Raving Loony
James Graham pretty much seals his place as British theatre's premier political historian with the London transfer of his anarchic play about notorious eccentric/irritant/hero Screaming Lord and his Monster Raving Loony Party. Samuel James stars as the...Comedy Saturday May 14 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016Read more
The Comedy Project 2016
Two to three new and established acts try out new material in a range of formats.Monday May 16 2016 - Monday June 6 2016Read more
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Just a minute or two off Shaftesbury Avenue , yet the theatregoing experience is so different here. I love this place. The bar is worth a visit all on its own. The performances and spaces are varied. I have seen everything from the bonkers Rubber Bandits downstairs to some pretty cool theatre and comedy in spaces upstairs. I wish London had more places like this right in the heart of town.
Right in the heart of Soho with nice eating and drinking establishments nearby, there is always a good show on here without the prices of larger venues - I love it.