One of the world’s most famous venues launches its first ever late night comedy series from September 2015 – starting off with shows spotlighting the best of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Late Night Laughs, which starts on Friday 11th September, will see both established and up-and-coming comics taking part in unmissable double-headers at the Royal Albert Hall, with gigs hosted by top names from the world of comedy.
While it’s perhaps best-known for its rock, pop and classical shows, the Hall has hosted countless top comics in recent years, including John Bishop, Russell Howard and Russell Brand, while introducing new names in its 150-capacity Elgar Room.
Now that second space will become home to a regular programme of specially curated comedy shows compered by the likes of Richard Herring, Ray Peacock and Ed Gamble.
Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re delighted to announce the first major comedy festival in our 144-year history. From Andy Zaltzman’s biting satire to Luisa Omeilan’s empowering comments on body image, there’s something for everyone, and even the biggest comedy nerds should find a new and exciting act to discover alongside the host of established names. The only thing these stand-ups have in common – they’re all ridiculously funny.”
Richard Herring said: “I am really looking forward to compering at the Royal Albert Hall’s Late Night Laughs shows and bringing my own cerebral brand of filth to the refined Elgar Room. I had to study Enigma Variations for my O-level, so see this as a fitting revenge. It’s a chance to see some great new young comedians before they become famous and at least one gnarled old comedian who will give them a bitter foretaste of where it’s all going to eventually lead.”
Ed Gamble is also looking forward to the shows – especially playing in these unusually plush surroundings. “I can’t wait to come back to the Elgar Room to perform. I don’t usually get to be in such nice rooms and hopefully the surroundings will add a touch of class to my nonsense,” he said.
After a launch night starring Chortle award winners Holly Walsh and Sofie Hagen, a week of shows commences on Sunday 20 September showcasing the Best of the Fest, with top Edinburgh acts Matt Forde, Felicity Ward and Marcel Lucont taking to the stage.
Then from Friday, October 2, when Alun Cochrane, Lloyd Griffith and host Richard Herring perform, the shows will be in a regular Friday night slot, kicking off at 9:45.
The opening night of the season is scheduled to coincide with the launch of the Night Tube, with the Underground set to run around the clock from South Kensington.
Tickets are £13.24 (£16.30 for Best of the Fest), including fees. For the full programme, go to http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/comedy-and-cabaret/
Friday 11 September
Holly Walsh, Sofie Hagen and host Ray Peacock
Sunday 20 September (Best of the Fest)
Carl Donnelly & Phil Wang
Monday 21 September (Best of the Fest)
Marcel Lucont & Ed Gamble
Tuesday 22 September (Best of the Fest)
Liam Williams & Mark Cooper-Jones
Wednesday 23 September (Best of the Fest)
Nish Kumar & Eric Lampaert
Thursday 24 September (Best of the Fest)
Felicity Ward & John Robins
Friday 25 September (Best of the Fest)
Bec Hill & Matt Forde
Saturday 26 September (Best of the Fest)
Robert Auton & Iain Stirling
Friday 2 October
Alun Cochrane, Lloyd Griffith and host Richard Herring
Friday 9 October
Phil Ellis, Julian Deane and host Ed Gamble
Friday 16 October
Dan Clark, Sean McLoughlin and host Richard Herring
Friday 23 October
Luisa Omielan, Fin Taylor and host Ed Gamble
Friday 30 October
David Trent, Adam Hess and host Richard Herring
Friday 20 November
Mike Wozniack, Steve Bugeja and host Richard Herring
Friday 27 November
Aisling Bea, Gareth Richardson and host Richard Herring
Friday 11 December
Andy Zaltzman, Phil Wang and host Richard Herring
Friday 18 December
Steve Hall, Mark Smith and host Richard Herring
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Over the past 144 years, it has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Edward Elgar to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Adele. Last year, its breathtaking auditorium presented 397 events by the world’s greatest performers – taking in rock, pop and classical music, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and even tennis – with the magical setting and inspired artists creating amazing memories for audiences.
Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert’s vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity that remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. It hosts over 400 events a year in its secondary space, the Elgar Room, and beyond, broadening the Hall’s appeal to incorporate younger and more diverse audiences.
Its Education & Outreach programme reaches more than 100,000 participants each year, working with schools, young people and the community, as well as other charities such as Music for Youth, as part of its extensive public benefit remit.
Wednesday 19th August 2015