Comedy Festivals Theatre

Today in London: Saturday 29 June 2013

By | Published on Sunday 23 June 2013


As the team at the QE Olympic Park call in various A-list favours (Springsteen & E Street, Weller, Kasabian) over at this year’s Hard Rock Calling – which starts today, by the way – have a glance at the comical, theatrical and festival-based alternatives to a hard rockin love-in with The Boss and associates…


Shambles Edinburgh Work-In-Progress Weekender, Colonel Fawcett, 29-30 Jun
Shambles presents a pair of thrice-as-cheap triple-bills priced at £1 each, all featuring samples of shows set for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe still ‘in progress’, as it were. On today’s itinerary – captivating Chippenham skinhead Will Hodgson, noisy Nick Helm and slick renaissance man Harry Deansway – and on tomorrow’s – sarcastic one-to-watch Pat Cahill, feminist champ Bridget Christie and mirth-giving maniac John Kearns. Details and tickets here.


BowieFest, The Lion, 29 Jun (pictured)
Lovingly lampooning the V&A’s vastly popular (aka virtually inaccesible) ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit, Weirdos comedians Matt Highton and Adam Larter host this moonage all-day dreamfest featuring Fosters nominated Ben Target, TV’s Nick Helm and stars-in-waiting Holly Burn, John Kearns and Karl Schultz; an interactive musical theatre show; a spoof display of silly paintings, merchandise and lyrics; and – ending it all as Ziggy might’ve wanted, had he not been killed off in 1973 – a DB disco. Details and tickets here.


The Winter’s Tale, Regent’s Park, 29 Jun – 20 Jul
The lost princesses, wild beasts, magic and sheep-shearing littering Shakespeare’s agrarian fairytale are reimagined for anyone aged six and over, this as part of Regents Park’s Open Air Theatre initiative. Details and tickets here.

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