So it’s 2011 and many of us are returning to work for the start of the New Year. There is a huge selection of exciting films, theatre performances and festivals in store and the comedy circuit is no exception. From old to new, we have John Cleese performing his first live tour in the UK from May onwards and Jerry Seinfeld no less will be appearing at the O2 Arena in June – his first stand-up performance in the UK for 12 years.
Ruby Wax will be back performing her show ‘Losing It’ with singer-songwriter Judith Owen. The autobiographical comedy show focuses on her own experiences of mental illness and the “toxins of our time” – directed by award-winning Thea Sharrock. The rise and rise of new star Andi Osho also continues unabated with her look at multicultural Britain during her UK tour beginning in February. If you can’t wait till February, comic and activist Mark Thomas will be starting his new show ‘Extreme Rambling: Walking the Wall’ this month – last year Mark walked the entire length of the 750km Israeli Separation Barrier and the show touches on his incredible experiences.
Lee Evans will be appearing at some of the biggest arenas in the country with his 50-date UK tour and Lenny Henry is also back with a bang for his new show ‘Cradle to Rave’. Having recently won the award for ‘Outstanding Newcomer’ at the Evening Standard theatre awards for his West End performance in Othello, Lenny has had quite a year. Lenny’s new show is more autobiographical and has already been hailed by comedy critics for being a brave departure from his previous stand-up shows. As Lenny says, "it's about life, and marriage, and moving forward. It's about music being joyous. It's about friendship. All kinds of stuff is in there. This show could be nine hours long."
Further comedy shows for the New Year include Kevin Eldon, Jerry Sadowitz and Tim Key to name but a few. We look forward to reviewing the shows and finding out what you think!
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