The subterranean juggernaut comedy venue in the West End has a comprehensive Edinburgh Preview selection of events including the latest from Iranian stand-up and award-winning star of The Infidel, Omid Djalili (five shows from 5th to 20th July). The brilliantly dour don of deadpan anti-comedy Edward Aczel previews his new hour of uncomfortable ribaldry (with emphasis on the bald), Lives in a Meaningless Shed (Saturday 22nd July), while sleight-of-hand supremo Alan Hudson stuns the audience with Magician or Superhero (Wednesday 19th June & Thursday 11th July). More mirth comes from youngster Matt Richardson's hotly anticipated debut solo show Hometown Hero (Saturday 22nd June), pithy Welsh gagsmith Lloyd Langford with his latest, Galoot (Wednesday 26th June) and the smart and political John Gordillo with Cheap Shots at the Defenceless (Monday 1st July & Monday 8th July). Other Edinburgh preview shows include Max and Ivan, Ivo Graham, Croft & Pearce, Simon Evans, Paco Erhard, Tony Law, Amy Hoggart (as Pattie Brewster), The Pin, Rory & Tim, Gyles Brandreth and Simon Munnery. Tickets cost as little as a fiver. Visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com for more details.
Edinburgh Festival London Preview Shows
Omid Djalili, Edward Aczel, Alan Hudson & More | 19th June to 27th July | From £5
6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX
Events at Leicester Square Theatre
29th May & 30th May and 2nd Jun to 6th Jun 2015 - Various Times | £20
Laura-Jane Foley's play about one woman's portrait of her relationship with the renowned figurative painter Lucian Freud.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 6pm | £10
1st June to 27th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £15.50
Stand-up Richard Herring hosts an interview-style show with guests including Bob Mortimer, Emma Kennedy, Robert Webb, Louis Theroux, Roisin Conaty, Johnny Vegas, Mark Watson, Robin Ince, Bridget Christie and Limmy.
Sunday 7th June 2015 - 7.30pm | £10, concs £8
Sunday 7th June 2015 - 8pm | £15
After 12 rounds, experienced stand-ups take to the stage with the hope of being dubbed Old Comedian of the Year 2015.
David Baddiel, Nick Helm, Russell Kane, Richard Herring & More | 10th June to 27th July | From £5
Carpenter's Mews, London, N7 9EF
Tube: Caledonian Road Station
The sister venue of the Pleasance in Edinburgh, the Pleasance Theatre Islington is the kind of place you'd expect a steady flow of Fringe previews - and with over 50 shows from as little as £5 a pop, the Pleasance London Edinburgh Preview Season will not let comedy lovers down. Whether you're into the dry wit of David Baddiel or the bombastic bellows of Nick Helm, there's something for everyone at the Caledonian Road venue in N7. Stand out stand-up shows include querulous oddball and 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Russell Kane's Smallness (Friday 12th July, Wednesday 24th July), cerebral comic Richard Herring's We're All Going To Die! (Sunday 21st July, Thursday 25th July) and Countdown champion-cum-comedian Alex Horne with Lies (Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July). There's also that man Helm with his new show One Man Mega Myth (Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd June) and Baddiel with his thought-provoking Fame: Not the Musical (Sunday 7th July, Wednesday 17th July). Also look out for sketch troupes WitTank (Wednesday 10th July & Friday 26th July) and Jigsaw (Sunday 14th July & Thursday 25th July) as well as some theatrics with Laugh Your Farce Off (Sunday 21st July), Outside on the Street (Thursday 23rd July) and The Three Lions (Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th July). Visit www.pleasance.co.uk for a full Edinburgh Preview programme.
Events at Pleasance Theatre
25th May to 13th June 2015 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £11
An historical drama set in 16th-century Spain, following the life of Ignatius of Loyola, who met fierce opposition in Rome when he founded The Society Of Jesus. Written and directed by Jonathan Moore.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 8pm | £10
Etch, Squint and Pleasance present five short dramas by five emerging writers, each written in response to that morning's newspaper.
23rd January to 18th December 2015 - 10pm | £12, concs £10
Monday 8th June 2015 - 8pm | £5
Sketches and stand-up as Aisling Bea, Bucket, David Elms, Evelyn Mok, Idiots Of Ants, Jack Barry, John Hastings and Lazy Susan perform work in progress material.
15th Jun, 23rd Jun, 30th Jun, 4th Jul & 5th Jul and 7th Jul 2015 - 6pm | £5
Alan will begin the process of developing a new stand-up show at the Edinburgh Festival. Expect much consulting of notes and frowning.
Alex Horne, Carl Donnelly, WitTank & More | 10th-22nd June | £10
2 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW
Tube: Turnham Green Station
The Tabard Theatre in Turnham Green is putting on a fortnight of Edinburgh Fringe Festival previews in association of Alavon Promotions, the agency behind Al Murray, Russell Howard and Chris Addison. There's a whole host of top talent on display - from established names such as Carl Donnelly and Alex Horne to some of the hottest new acts on the circuit, including the sketch troupe WitTank. Tickets cost £10 and each show starts at 8pm. The full line up is as follows: Tom Deacon and Jarlath Regan (Thursday 13th June), Ahir Shah and Gareth Richards (Friday 14th June), David Trent and Iain Stirling (Saturday 15th June), Grainne Maguire and Matt Forde (Monday 17th June), Carl Donnelly and Jimmy McGhie (Thursday 18th June), Alex Horne and Tom Craine (Wednesday 19th June), Grainne Maguire and Joel Dommett (Thursday 20th June), WitTank and Adam Drake (Friday 21st June) and Tommy Rowson, Matt Winning and Iain Stirling (Saturday 22nd June). Visit www.tabardtheatre.co.uk for more details.
Events at Tabard Theatre
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May 2015 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £17, concs £15
30th June to 8th August 2015 - Various Times | £17, concs £15
Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sara Pascoe & More | 2nd-31st July | £6-£10
Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Throughout July the Battersea Arts Centre is putting on a comprehensively riotous month of Edinburgh Comedy Previews from some of Britain's brightest comedic talent, including the king of deconstruction and nonchalant delivery Stewart Lee, with his show Much A-Stew About Nothing (2nd & 3rd July), Lee's former comedic partner in crime Richard Herring (19th July) and rising stars Sara Pascoe (19th & 24th July) and Ahir Shah (26th & 27th July). Other highlights include Father Ted favourite Ardal O'Hanlon (30th & 31st July), big-haired cricket satirist of The Bugle podcast fame Andy Zaltzman (29th July), bearded brainiac Alex Horne with his new show Lies (15th & 16th July), gimmick-free Carl Donnelly (17th July) and bespectacled optimist Mark Dolan (25th July). Sketch shows come from Peacock & Gamble (17th July), Max and Ivan (18th & 19th July), Abandoman (18th & 20th July), Joy and Wonder (22nd & 23rd July) and New Art Club (26th & 27th July). With tickets costing just £6 to £10 for some of the best acts in the business, these one-hour work-in-progress shows are the biggest bargain in Battersea. Double up with the Centre's burger and beer offer for a tenner at the Scratch Bar and these shows prove both frugal and funny. Visit www.bac.org.uk for more details.
Events at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Saturday 30th May 2015 - 8pm | £12, concs £9
Tony Adigun and Inua Ellams present Scratch Performance; a piece commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Place to explore the power they can create as a duo. In T-Dance, four dancers and you explore ...
26th May to 6th June 2015 - 7pm-9pm | £15, concs £12, inc meal
Formulated by mothers and daughters from different religions Like Mother, Like Daughter is a conversation about inherited traditions and what is chosen to be passed on to future generations.
2nd to 20th June 2015 - 8.30pm-9.45pm | £15, concs/adv £9-£12
Christopher Brett Bailey's surreal and absurdist show blends spoken word, storytelling and caustic humour to immerse the audience in lurid tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence.
19th May to 28th July 2015 - Various Times | £1, inc refreshments
29th April to 29th July 2015 - 6.30pm-9pm | Free
Tom Wrigglesworth, Tony Law, Jigsaw & More | 24th June to 23rd July | £5
66-68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Tube: Old Street Station
Shoreditch mecca for mirth, Comedy Café Theatre, has a whole month of Edinburgh Previews to unleash on the joke-seekers of East London, with highlights including the big haired bespectacled radio maestro Tom Wrigglesworth (9th July), Canadian bearded buccaneer Tony Law (Thursday 18th July) and the latest work-in-progress from Jigsaw, the sketch trio of surreal stand-up Dan 'Hedgehog' Antopolski, winner of the Best Joke award at the 2009 Fringe Festival (Thursday 27th June). Other shows include Luke Benson and Grannie McGuire (Monday 24th June), Matt Green and Joe Bor (Monday 1st July), Joe Rowntree (Tuesday 2nd July), Nat Luurtsema and Patrick Morris (Thursday 11th July), Paul Pirie (Friday 12th July), Romesh Ranganathan and Joel Dommet (Monday 15th July) and Ellie Taylor and Paul Sweeney (Tuesday 23rd July). With tickets setting you back just a fiver these nights are a no-brainer for anyone looking for laughs. Visit www.comedycafetheatre.co.uk for more details.
Events at Comedy Cafe
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May 2015 - 8pm | Fri £10, £18 inc meals, adv £8, Sat £12, £20 inc meals, adv £10
A night of stand up from MC Jimmy James Jones, Rudi Lickwood, Bennett Arron and Ola.
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - 8pm | Free, £10 inc meals
Eight aspiring stand-ups take to the stage in an evening of hilarity, introduced by MC Jimmy James Jones.
Saturday 6th June 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, £20 inc meals
Stand-up with Quince, Larry Dean and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - 8pm | Free, £10 inc meals
Eight emergent stand-ups take to the stage, introduced by MC Jimmy James Jones.
Saturday 13th June 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, £20 inc meals
Stand-up with Nabi Abdul Rashid, Stuart Mitchell and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Paul Chowdhry, Nick Helm, Marcus Brigstocke & More | 5th-31st July | £5-£10
302 Creek Road, Greenwick, London, SE10 9SW
Greenwich's favourite comedy club, Up The Creek, is presenting four double-bill Edinburgh Preview Shows on Wednesdays in both June and July ahead of two headline acts - Nick Helm and Paul Chowdhry - at the end of July. Most tickets are a mere fiver with the most expensive coming in at £10, which is excellent value for money. June's highlight sees Chortle best newcomer from 2009 Seann Walsh team up with Marlon Davis (Wednesday 19th June) while July sees lofty satirist Marcus Brigstocke share the stage with Neil Delamere (Wednesday 10th July). Late July one-man show headliners feature loud but melodic bearded slob Nick Helm with his brand new show One Man Mega Myth (Wednesday 24th July) and a work-in-progress evening with TV regular Paul Chowdhry, who made comedic ripples with his last show, What's Happening White People? Visit www.up-the-creek.com for more details of the whole Edinburgh Preview Shows programme at Up the Creek.
Events at Up the Creek
Saturday 30th May 2015 - 7pm-2am | £14
Recent stand-up material from Jeff Leach, Benny Boot, Francis Foster and Gavin Webster.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 8.30pm | £7, NUS £4
Glenn Wool, Fin Taylor and Dan Atkinson perform their most recent stand-up material.
Friday 5th June 2015 - 9pm | £8, NUS £5
MC Inel Tomlinson introduces the most recent stand-up from Lloyd Griffiths, Kate Lucas, Ryan Cull and Holly Walsh.
Saturday 6th June 2015 - 7pm-2am | £14
MC Maff Brown introduces the most recent stand-up from Scott Bennett and Holly Walsh.
Monday 8th June 2015 - 7pm-11pm | Free
The original and best new comedy competition.
Phil Jupitus, Sam Savage, Kieran Hodgson & More | 22nd June to 29th July | From £6.50
109 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2NA
Highbury & Islington's tiny 54-seat fringe theatre Hen & Chickens is a wonderful spot to watch a play or a stand-up show - and the intimate venue is putting on an interesting array of Edinburgh Preview Shows from little known sketch troupes to heavyweight comedy regulars. Talking of which, Deborah Frances-White's fringe hit Voices In Your Head returns to London, but this time with special guest Phil Jupitus taking to the stage ahead of a run in Edinburgh (Monday 8th July). Sam Savage: Princess Savage (Saturday 29th June) features quirky gags and stories from the Funny's Funny Winner 2012 and New Act Of The Year Runner-up 2013. Kieran Hodgson's Flood (Saturday 22nd June) is a character comedy about the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough as its inhabitants struggle to survive the biggest flood in the town's history. Also on the programme is some offbeat humour from Ingrid Dahle and Paul Jones in Dahle and Jones On A Plate (Wednesday 26th June) and some sketch show funniness with In Cahoots on Sunday 14th July and The Leeds Tealights on Monday 29th July. Tickets start at £6.50. Visit www.henandchickens.com for more information.
Events at Hen & Chickens Theatre
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May 2015 - 9.30pm | £8.50
The London Comedy Writers present a showcase of sketch-writing talent.
Friday 29th May 2015 at 7pm-8.30pm & Saturday 30th May 2015 at 3.30pm-5pm and 7pm-8.30pm | £13.50, concs £12.50
Brian Daniels's moving drama about two twin girls, whose mother is murdered by a serial killer forcing them into a care home, leaving at 16 to face a life long struggle with their identity.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 7.30pm | £3.50
Observational stand-up from Roberts.
Thursday 4th June 2015 - 7.30pm-8.30pm | £11
Join les belles filles in a daring, dynamic and delicious cabaret cocktail taking you through memories of the glamour of yesteryear.
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June 2015 - 9.30pm | £10, concs £8
Oliver Taheri Productions presents Rebecca Crookshank's comedy drama about her time in the Royal Air Force.
Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh, Mark Thomas & More | 17th-27th July | £10
21 Montreal House, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU
Managed and programmed by The Albany, South East London's leading performing arts centre, this cultural space in Canada Water has a range of Edinburgh Preview Shows in July, including belly laughs from the likes of Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe. A double bill of shaggy haired Brighton jokesmith Walsh and the round-faced ball of energy Marlon Davis gets the series under way on Saturday 13th July. Other solo preview shows come from Mark Thomas with 100 Acts of Minor Dissent on Wednesday 17th July and Best Newcomer nominee Widdicombe, who will perform his new show Incidentally... alongside a very special guest on Saturday 27th July. A fourth show, Och Aye The New (Friday 26th July), showcases a bunch of up-and-coming comedians looking to make a splash at Edinburgh, including the easy going crowd charmer Luke Graves and the musical comedian Vikki Stone. All shows cost £10 and start at 7:30pm. Visit www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk for more information.
The Yard Laughs | 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 23rd & 24th July | £6 online / £7 on the door
Queens Yard White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
This July, The Yard theatre, located two minutes from Hackney Wick rail station, brings a collection of the finest and funniest Edinburgh Festival comedy shows to East London - before they go to Edinburgh. These exclusive preview performances include comedy bingo, Ellievision from Ellie Taylor, the girl with big teeth you may have seen on Snog Marry Avoid?, silly sketch outfit WitTank, the Birthday Girls - Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan - whom The Telegraph called "Britain's funniest women", and the effortlessly funny Alexis Dubus who wraps up the month-long The Yard Laughs series on Wednesday 24th July with his musings on 'Cars and Girls' though he doesn't claim to be an expert on either.
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