Theatre Royal bound Comedians collect top Comedy awards
Two shows coming to the Theatre Royal Margate in the next few months were successful in last night’s Chortle Awards. Richard Herring won the Internet Award Gong for his Leicester Square Comedy podcast (for the 4th year in a row!) and Austentatious won the gong for Best Character, Improv or Sketch act. The Chortle Awards are one of the most prestigious Comedy awards in the UK comedy scene and the fact that the Theatre Royal is able to book such top quality acts shows what a popular stop off Margate is on the Comedy tour.
Richard Herring will be bringing his new taboo–busting show We’re All Going to Die! to the Theatre Royal on Friday 4th April where he will this time be tackling the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke) – Death. He has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for over 20 years, first appearing as part of the Oxford Revue in 1987 alongside Stewart Lee. As one half of the prolific comedy duo Lee & Herring, Richard enjoyed phenomenal cult success as a writer and performer with shows such as Fist of Fun (BBC Two) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (BBC Two). In recent years he teamed up with Andrew Collins to co-host the Collins and Herring podcast on BBC 6 Music which the Guardian along with his Chortle award-winning and Sony award-nominated podcast As It Occurs To Me said ‘paved the way for funny podcasts’.
Undoubtedly one of the most talked-about shows on the UK comedy scene, Austentatious: An Improvised Novel is a comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen – and based entirely on audience suggestions. Each cast member has a huge amount of experience when it comes to improvised comedy and can say they have worked with Marcus Brigstocke, QI and Private Eye. After total sell out runs in London & Edinburgh, this critically acclaimed show is embarking on its first national tour in Spring 2014 and will be stopping by at the Theatre Royal on Saturday 3rd May; a period Comedy for a period theatre!