Top names in comedy coming to Gloucestershire

Stewart Francis will be appearing in Cheltenham this spring

Stewart Francis will be appearing in Cheltenham this spring

First published in What's On

CHELTENHAM Town Hall will once again be packed to the rafters this Spring with some of the finest entertainment around.

With an enviable reputation for bringing the biggest and best names in comedy to the county, this season is no exception with shows from big-hitters like one-liner king Stewart Francis (May 31), 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain Jon Richardson (April 28) and Dave Gorman (June 27), who brings his Powerpoint Presentation show back for another airing after selling out last November. Alongside these established acts are the stars of the future, including Irish-Australian stand-up Jimeoin (March 20), recently seen on The Royal Variety Show and Live At The Apollo, and Elis James (April 7), whose show Do You Remember The First Time takes in a chance encounter with a celebrity, an accident at a wedding and the drunkenness of others. Your Days Are Numbered (April 23) takes comedy in a new and thought provoking direction, with "stand-up mathematician" Matt Parker and Timandra Harkness bringing their Maths Of Death to the Pillar Room. And with over 20 million hits on YouTube, Adam Kay's darkly humorous Smutty Songs (May 5) is possibly not suitable for your elderly aunt, but it will be very funny.

A wide variety of musical treats are in store too with concerts from talented singer-songwriter Karine Polwart (May 3), bringing contemporary folk music to the Pillar Room. The main hall sees The ever-popular Bootleg Beatles (29 March) trace the story of the Fab Four from the Cavern Club to the Apple rooftop, the Solid Silver 60s Show (April 10) features Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland, Brian Poole and Vanity Fare and April 15 sees the return of legendary Joe Brown.

In addition to all the music and comedy, psychic Sally Morgan returns to the Town Hall on April 27, while dancing fans can get their fix with two seasonal dances - the Spring Ball (March 31) and a Midsummer Barn Dance (June 22), featuring the rollicking tunes of Mawkin.

www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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