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Comedy returns to the Royal Albert Hall with a fantastic line-up for its autumn series in the Elgar Room

3 September, 2012

The Royal Albert Hall is delighted to announce the much anticipated return of comedy to the Elgar Room this autumn.  Once again, established comedians and cutting-edge comedy newcomers will entertain Elgar Room audiences with their lively banter and vivacious routines. This new season features great shows from Patrick Monahan, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Christmas with Cantabile and Alex Horne.

The Elgar Room boasts a myriad of entertainment, playing host to regular jazz and classical gigs as well as dance, indie, cabaret and comedy events. The comedians take to the stage in an intimate and friendly atmosphere that combines the comedy theatre experience with an underground comedy club vibe. This season’s sterling performers will be making their own distinct mark and welcoming devoted and new fans of comedy alike.

These comedy gigs will see the comedians take to the stage throughout November and December with longer shows than previous seasons.

Loveable Teesider Patrick Monahan gets the season underway on Wednesday 7 November with his brand new show Shooting from the Lip. Known for his hugs, dancing and cake-eating and being the winner of ITV’s Show Me the Funny, it is sure to be an energy-packed show.
Ticket price £13.50

On Monday 12 November stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould present a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive. Join Festival of the Spoken Nerd for an evening of comedy, science, music, maths and interactive experiments as they ask such important questions as how can you use a parabola to set stuff on fire? And how dangerous can things get with just numbers?
Ticket price £15

Christmas with Cantabile will provide a festive evening of Christmas and holiday songs, offering unsurpassed choral purity combined with side-splitting musical comedy unsurpassed on Saturday 1 December. Join the internationally renowned acapella group as they perform songs collected over the course of their illustrious career, including the uniquely time-saving hit Festival of Carols in 2 Minutes.
Ticket price £18.50

To conclude this exciting season of comedy, the Elgar Room welcomes Alex Horne with his incredible stat-based fun-packed thought-provoking experimental-and-sometimes-stupid comedy show 7 Years in the Bathroom in which he aims to recreate your entire life. In an average lifetime you’ll spend 2 years shopping, 18 months looking for lost things and quite a while eating, queing, crying and googling yourself so come and laugh at your life on Wednesday 12 December.
Ticket price £13.50

Get ready for another fine season of brilliant comedy, showcasing the best established and rising comedy stars in a world-class venue.

To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Wednesday 7 November - 8:45pm, Doors 8pm
Patrick Monahan: Shooting from the Lip
Monday 12 November - 8.00pm, Doors 7:15pm
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Are you Sci-Curious?
Saturday 1 December- 8.30pm, Doors 8pm
Christmas with Cantabile: The London Quartet
Wednesday 12 December - 8.30pm, Doors 7:45pm
Alex Horne: 7 Years in the Bathroom
For more information please contact:
Sean Carrigan - or call 020 7959 0531
Julia Holder – or call 020 7959 0512
Elgar Comedy is supported by The British Comedy Guide - 

Notes to Editors:
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, and a registered charity operating without public funding, it remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with over 150 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

In 2009, the Hall renovated the Elgar Room as a state-of-the-art performance space and restaurant which now hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. It also works extensively with schools and young people through its Learning and Participation programme, reaching over 30,000 participants each year.

The Elgar Room
Built to support one of the Hall’s main purposes to promote the advancement of the Arts & Sciences, the West Theatre - as this room was originally known - provided space for small theatricals and meetings of a scientific or literary nature. From 1906 until 1957 it was the home of the Central School of Speech And Drama where luminaries such as Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Virginia McKenna and Harold Pinter received their training. In 2009 the room was renovated to provide a state-of-the-art performance space and restaurant. The photographs by David Redfern that adorn the walls are images of some of the iconic performers who have graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Among the regular series that are held in the room are Late Night Jazz, Classical Coffee Mornings and hush which gives a platform to rising stars on the UK music scene.

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