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We have some fantastic names from the world of stand-up comedy visiting the Torch over the next nine months, so put some dates in your diary and prepare to take your seat for some laughter-filled evenings over the coming months.

LipService Theatre: Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

An absolute joy from start to finish” – North West End

Jane Austen is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip-curling handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devises he embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt.

When she returns she finds Darcy is diving into a lake in a clinging white shirt, dancing the Berzerka (a more extreme version of the Masurka) and wrestling carp.

20 September 2017, 7:30pm

Price: £14.00 | £12.50 Concessions


Off The Kerb Productions: Rich Hall’s Hoedown

The ‘Hoedown’ begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improved ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, sh*t kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.


14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content.

8:00pm, Friday 29 September

Price: £17.00


Andy Parsons: Peak Bullsh*t

“Brilliantly funny and insightful” METRO

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah – go on. Take a risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out. Or maybe come out dressed in a binbag, top hat and clogs. We could all use a laugh.

As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. etc. and repeated on Dave.

Saturday 2 December 2017, 8:30pm

Price: £15.00


Phill Jupitus: Juplicity

“A talented focused wordsmith” – Fest

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.

Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. Phill’s theatre work includes appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind, and his West End singing debut in 2009 when he played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at The Shaftesbury Theatre.

Saturday 9 December 2017, 7:30pm

Price: £15.00


Mark Watson: MW

**** Chortle “…skillful, anecdotal stand-up…a step above the norm”

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s hard to be everywhere at once, so he’s narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials – as they’ve already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place.

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

Suitable for 14 years +

Friday 26 January 2018, 8:00pm

Price: £17.00


Mike Doyle

Come and join Mike Doyle and his fabulous live band for a sensational evening of his unique brand of comedy and music, guaranteed to delight and entertain in equal measure. Since appearing on the final of Bob says Opportunity Knocks in 1988, Mike has forged a career on stage and television including starring roles in the West End, three of his own entertainment series for the BBC and to date 24 pantomimes, alongside over 25 years of headlining cruise line performances on some of the World’s largest cruise liners.

Friday 23 February 2018, 7:30pm

Price: £19.50

For more information or to book tickets click the links above or call Box Office on 01646 695267.

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