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Spring Season: April 2011

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Instant Wit
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The Quick-Fire Comedy Improvisation Show
Fri 1st April at 8:00pm

Instant Wit are BACK! And delighted to be kicking off the Bath Comedy Festival - and bringing their own unique brand of Improvised Comedy mayhem to the Rondo…

Instant Wit: The show that brings you sketches, gags, songs, surreal situations, flying packets of ‘Instant Whip’ - and PRIZES! And all shaped entirely around audience suggestions. So why not come along and let us slip you a custard (!) - and if you’re really, really lucky, you ‘ll even get to go home with an Instant Wit mug plus a packet of hot Cock Soup to boot, as your prize for the best suggestion of the evening!
"These are conspicuously skilfulperformers - everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!" The Guardian
Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Improvisation
Comedy Store Management More Detail
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Tom Wrigglesworth’s Nightmare Dream Wedding
Tom Wrigglesworth’s Nightmare Dream Wedding: Production Image Sat 2nd April at 8:00pm

Back with a brand new show following last year’s sell-out hit and performances at the New Zealand and Montreal Comedy Festivals.  Having run out of excuses to delay his marriage, here, Tom recounts the debacle of his recent wedding in Vegas.  Getting to the church on time should be very straightforward.  How can a megalomaniac talk-show host and a very special birthday girl possibly turn a nightmare into a dream?  Join Tom as he embarks on a rollercoaster of farcical chases, mistaken identities and last-minute plans.  This could be the biggest day of his life, for all the wrong reasons.

 

Time Out ‘Breakthrough Performer of the Year’ & New Zealand ‘Best International Performer’ – Winner 2009

‘Edinburgh Comedy Award’ & Chortle ‘Best Show’ - Nominee 2009

 

Tom previewed this show at The Rondo prior to his 2010 Edinburgh run. Comedy
Makin Projects More Detail
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The Return Of Boothby Graffoe
The Return Of Boothby Graffoe: Production Image
Tue 5th April at 8:00pm

In this brand new show Graffoe, graced with the partnership of talented multi instrumentalist Nick Pynn, brings to life his latest CD titled ‘songs for dogs, funerals...’

Following successful shows on Radio 4, writing for Omid Djalilis two award winning BBC series and extensive touring with Canadian super group The Barenaked Ladies, we’re delighted to welcome the Boothby to The Rondo Theatre and back to the world of live performance where he belongs.
Boothby’s dislikes include name-droppers and people who use celebrity connections to promote themselves in an unrealistic way.
 ‘The funniest man I know’ - Omid Djalili
 ‘Boothby Graffoe conceals sharp political satire under a veneer of funny folksy whimsy, like Iron Man in a velvet romper suit.’  - Stewart Lee
Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Comedy
RBM More Detail
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Miles Jupp: Fibber in the Heat
Miles Jupp: Fibber in the Heat: Production Image Wed 6th April at 8:00pm

After pulling a few strings and telling some little lies, an unprepared and unqualified Jupp heads to India with the English press to embark on a month long, sun-soaked disaster (and some minor triumphs).

Miles Jupp is an award winning stand up and actor who has recently appeared in the feature film Made In Dagenham and the BBC’s The Thick Of It, Mock The Week, Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow as well as appearing as a regular character in Rev.
“Jupp poignantly and humorously captures that awful sense of desperation in knowing that you don’t belong somewhere..he is a wonderful storyteller…bloody marvellous” **** Fest
“It’s a classic fish out of water tale” **** The Times
“It’s a little like watching an Evelyn Waugh character narrate his hopeless exploits before your very eyes – pure class” **** The Daily Telegraph
Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre More Detail
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The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Production Image
Thu 7th April at 8:00pm

The stars of BBC3's Comedy Shuffle, MTV, GMTV, 4 whole seconds on The Culture Show - and now BBC1's The One Show -  bring you a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence.

BEST SHOW Nominee - Leicester Comedy Festival 2009
Sellout Edinburgh Festival 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

"For sheer energy and laughs per hour, these comic stockings are the biz
denier miss it." - **** The Scotsman

"How on earth does The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre turn out to be so bloody good?" - ****Chortle

"A show that will rock your socks off - if only all laundry could be this fun." - ****Three Weeks

Be prepared to laugh your socks off!

Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Comedy
Funny Women More Detail
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Funny Women: Production Image Fri 8th April at 8:00pm

 

Funny Women, presents an evening of fantastic female fun - a workshop followed by a brilliant comedy showcase featuring winners and finalists from eight years of Funny Women Awards. 
 
Hosted by Anna Keirle, runner up in the first ever Awards and headlined by Suzy Bennett, who won the Awards in 2006. Also performing are local talent, Harriet Beveridge, musical comedy from 2010 finalist Clare Lomas and Lara A King, ‘awkward atheist’  Iszi Lawrence, plus brand new talent. 
 
Plus your chance to learn from the experts - Funny Women presents their Stand Up to Stand Out workshop.  A one hour taster of the company's popular workshop format designed to help you relax and have some fun exploring your comic potential.  Ideal for beginners. 

 

Workshop: 6pm start; Show: 8pm start. Doors open 30 minutes before event begins.

£10/£8 concs for show. £15 workshop. Bargain double ticket:workshop and show, £20 Comedy
Beyond Eternity Promotions More Detail
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Phil Cool
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Sat 9th April at 8:00pm

 Yet again comedy legend Phil Cool, is on tour and with sell out houses wherever he goes it is clear that he at least is recession proof. His 1980s television shows have now obtained cult status, proof that his comedy is as contemporary, valid and hilarious today as it has ever been.

A stand-up chameleon, he is one minute George W Bush, the next Paul McCartney, then Bill Clinton and later Bugs Bunny!

With 5 top selling videos, 4 TV specials, 3 hit series for the BBC, 2 acclaimed series for Independent TV he has become a British legend and treasure.

Tickets: £15.00, Concessions £12.00 Comedy
Bath Drama More Detail
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Under Milk Wood
Under Milk Wood: Production Image Dylan Thomas
Wed 13th April to Sat 16th April at 7:30pm

Bath Drama have taken Dylan Thomas’s classic radio play and turned it into a vibrant visual feast. Immerse yourself in pre-war small-town Wales as the 22 strong cast populates the mythical village of Llareggub, bringing the extraordinary swathe of frequently hilarious and occasionally monstrous local characters to life over a single spring day. Live music and atmospheric lighting add to the power of this imaginative and entertaining interpretation.

Tickets: £9.00, Concessions £7.00 Community
Reform More Detail
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Studs
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Gordon Steele
Wed 20th April at 8:00pm

Mandy is hard-faced and sex mad. She’s always on a diet and loves a laugh. Tommo is an easy going sort of bloke who doesn’t like a fuss and does whatever Mandy says. Mac is hard as nails, likes football, booze and women. The gorgeous Kylie, Mac’s girlfriend, just likes everybody.

These football mad lads and their wannabe “wag” girlfriends arrange separate weekends away, the boys on a golfing trip, the girls on a shopping adventure - or that’s what they’ve told each other.
When the couples are re-united, both hilarious and gut wrenching discoveries ensue, that will stay with them forever…
From the award winning author of Like a Virgin and Dead Fish comes this funny, moving play, which will pull the heart strings and seduce the funny bone.
"Some theatre doesn’t live up to the hype surrounding it but this is a genuinely outstanding comedy" The Stage
Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Professional
Phil McIntyre Entertainment More Detail
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Pappy's All Business
Pappy's All Business: Production Image Fri 22nd April at 8:00pm

Stars of Channel 4's Meet The Parents, Robert's Webb and BBC2's Fast and Loose.  Hailed as "the funniest sketch troupe on the fringe" (Scotsman) Pappy’s were nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2007, won a Chortle Award in 2008. They have appeared in their own shows on Channel 4 and Radio 4 and have just completed their 5th year at the Edinburgh fringe, where they earned a string of 4 and 5 star reviews.

"Whether they succeed or not, they're hilarious." (Guardian)
 "Best in their genre... 5 Stars" Mirror
"Sheer joy... 5 stars" Metro
“Beneath the larking about there’s a painstakingly constructed hour of quick fire gags, recurring characters, and snappy songs. By the end of it, the crowd is as elated as the performers, and that’s saying something… 5 Stars” Independent on Sunday
Tickets: £12.00, Concessions £10.00 Comedy
Show + Tell Productions More Detail
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John Peel's Shed
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John Osbourne
Sat 23rd April at 8:00pm

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show. His prize was a box of records, which took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. Featuring live airings from Peel’s record collection. Strap in.

“Funny, perceptive and charming” – Daily Telegraph
Adapted from Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio – Radio Four’s Book Of The Week

Time Out Critics’ Choice Of The Year Award Winner (with Aisle 16)

Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Professional
Playing Up More Detail
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The Tamworth Two
The Tamworth Two: Production Image Dougie Blaxland [supported by National Comedy Theatre]
Wed 27th April to Fri 29th April at 8:00pm

This fun filled family play is based on the true story of two intrepid Tamworth pigs, who escaped from the slaughterhouse and went on the run. Nicknamed Butch and Sundance by the Daily Mail, their adventures gripped the media for over a week. With just 3 actors playing 43 roles, Playing Up have created a fast, physical and funny piece of theatre. Be amazed at the courage and ingenuity of our porcine pals as they evade the evil Bleedbladder and fight for their freedom. A heart warming true story that will appeal to children and adults alike.

sponsored by the Flying Pig Renovation Comapny

Tickets: £8.00, Concessions £8.00 Community
Julia Gwynne More Detail
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Henry VIII & The Royal Wedding Planner
Henry VIII & The Royal Wedding Planner: Production Image
Directed by Andy Burden
Sat 30th April at 8:00pm

The story of the greatest of Royal Weddings – all six of them.   Henry VIII caused a constitutional crisis over his serial marriage disorder, caused misery to five of his wives, but created a celebrity out of his wedding planner. 

She was Jane Parker, a long serving lady-in-waiting to five of his wives, who had a fascinating insight into the true facts of the Tudor court.

This stunning new historical performance takes a hilarious but intensely dramatic journey through the lives of Henry’s jilted brides, all performed brilliantly by Julia Gwynne under the direction of Andy Burden.

Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00 Professional

The Rondo Theatre is supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

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