JIMMY CARR OPENS SEASON – FEATURING BILL BAILEY, RUSSELL BRAND, ARDAL O’HANLON AND GREG DAVIES AMONGST OTHERS – WITH A RECORD 17TH SHOW AT SYMPHONY HALL
TOWN HALL & SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM
AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2013
Comedy is King at Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH) this autumn, as some of the biggest names in UK stand-up get ready to head to the city for performances over the next three months.
The line-up features stars of stage and screen including Perrier comedy award winner Milton Jones (Saturday 26 October, Symphony Hall), Solihull’s Stewart Lee Sunday 27 October 2013, Symphony Hall), Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon (Saturday 23 November, Symphony Hall) and The Inbetweeners actor and comedian Greg Davies (Sunday 1 December, Symphony Hall).
Family friendly comic theatre is also on offer with James Campbell’s Comedy For Kids (Wednesday 30 October, Town Hall) as are shows from rising talents Adam Hills (Sunday 6 October, Town Hall), Jason Byrne (Friday 18 October, Town Hall), and Jimeoin (Friday 22 November, Town Hall).
Host of Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and ‘hardest-working man in comedy’ Jimmy Carr opens the season on Saturday 24 August, with his 17th show at Symphony Hall – a record number of performances by any one artist or entertainer at the world-class venue – before heading back for an 18th on Saturday 9 November 2013.
“Performances at Symphony Hall feel very intimate – the sound is crystal clear so I always hear the hecklers in the back row.”– Jimmy Carr
Lovable comic and musician Bill Bailey, star of cult TV comedies Black Books and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, makes a welcome return to the venue on Sunday 22 September and Wednesday 2 October with new tour Qualmpeddlar, while the controversial and flamboyant comedian and actor Russell Brand opens the UK leg of his Messiah Complex World Tour at Symphony Hall with two shows on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October.
The season also features Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties (Friday 25 October, Symphony Hall), Andy Parsons: I’ve Got A Shed (Friday 8 November 2013, Town Hall) and Fascinating Aida (Saturday 30 November, Hall 1 ICC Birmingham).
“We have seen a tremendous growth in our comedy programme over the last couple of years and are now established with both artists and promoters as the go to venues in Birmingham. This autumn season is packed full of comics, and we’re pleased that 2014 will bring more of the same with three-date runs from Sarah Millican and Lee Mack amongst shows from the UK’s finest comedy talent.”– Chris Baldock, THSH Director of Performances
The comedy line-up follows THSH’s announcement last week of its biggest autumn season of contemporary music to date.
Both Russell Brand: Messiah Complex World Tour shows and Adam Hills: Happyism are part of the 2013 Birmingham Comedy Festival.
Full programme details at www.thsh.co.uk/whats-on/comedy
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Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.
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Wednesday 20 August 2013