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This neon-lit Soho venue is a megastore for the best comedy and fringe shows in town
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.
Across three studio spaces, it puts on an eclectic line-up of work from some of the biggest names in comedy, spoken word, and cabaret, and hosts at least six different shows a night. If ever there were a place in London to get a year-round taste of the Edinburgh Fringe it's here, with its eclectic programming, late shows and ever-buzzing bar. Just don't expect to find deep-fried haggis on the menu - teas, coffees, and wine are the order of the day at Soho Theatre's chic cafe/bar, which is reliably packed out after 6pm.
It has to be said that Soho excels in almost every area apart from the production of good in-house theatre shows, 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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Zoe Coombs-Marr: Bossy Bottom
We love a bit of comedy about comedy, and Aussie favourite Zoe Coombs Marr is one of the best at it. She's previously performed as 'Dave' – an ace parody of lazy stand-up. But now she's wiped of the Sharpie beard and being herself again.Solo shows Until Saturday September 21 2019
Tom Rosenthal: Manhood
After a few years of starring in sitcoms like 'Friday Night Dinner' and 'Plebs', Tom Rosenthal's return to stand-up is all based around, well, his penis. 'Manhood' is a smart and very funny hour about circumcision – yes, really.Stand-up Monday September 23 2019 - Saturday September 28 2019
Rhys James: Snitch
'Mock the Week' star Rhys James skillfully manipulates words and phrases, either playing up his intelligence or masking it behind goofy one-liners in which he doesn't realise he's the butt of the joke. He's a whip-smart dickhead.Stand-up Tuesday October 1 2019 - Saturday October 5 2019
Shuck ‘n’ Jive
Two black women rebel against the stereotyped acting roles available to them in 'Shuck 'n' Jive'. Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong is an actor, Simone Ibbett-Brown is an opera singer, and they're fed up with singing in the chorus or playing 'Sassy Friend'....Drama Wednesday October 2 2019 - Saturday October 26 2019
Over in the US, Kate Berlant has appeared in so many cult comedy hits – from 'Search Party' to 'Transparent' – and has won plaudits for her freewheeling absurdist humour. She's a superb stand-up – able to create an hour of consistently funny observations...Stand-up Monday October 7 2019 - Saturday October 12 2019
Janine Harouni: Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)
New Yorker stand-up Janine Harouni’s debut solo show quickly became a word-of-mouth hit at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. It features a strong narrative, spot-on accents and punchy gags.Stand-up Monday October 7 2019 - Saturday October 12 2019
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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.
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