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Cabaret Style Comedy Night Comes to the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room

21 September, 2009

Following last week's announcement that the Royal Albert Hall is set to open the doors to a new, intimate entertainment venue, the Elgar Room, the Hall now unveils its plans to present a comedy
series in the transformed space.

Launched by Edinburgh Festival favourite Patrick Monahan, the cabaret style setting of the newly renovated room will lend itself to nights of pure and intimate comedy from some of the country's
best performers. With comedians such as Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and Bill Bailey having flexed their comedy wares in the Hall’s world famous auditorium, the 160 capacity
room will offer young, upcoming comedy acts the opportunity to play in the historic venue.

Patrick Monahan opens the series on Monday 30 November, supported by Brett Goldstein. Patrick has had a meteoric rise up the stand up comedy ladder. He has gone from open spot to
headliner in an incredibly short length of time and is now a regular MC and headline stand up performer at the top London and UK comedy clubs including the prestigious Jongleurs circuit and
the Comedy Store. In addition Patrick is now hugely in demand in front of camera as well as a TV warm up comedian, most notably on the 'Paul O'Grady Show', due to his hugely loveable persona
and incredibly witty material.

Patrick is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival where for the past five years he has presented solo 1 hour shows. In 2009 Patrick performed at Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon with his show 'Cowboys
and Iranians', a hit stand up show which gained him 4 and 5 star reviews. It is this acclaimed show that he will now bring to the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room.

Supporting Patrick is young comedian, Brett Goldstein. Brett has performed in film and on TV as well as being a playwright and screen writer. Brett started performing stand up in 2006 and in 2007
he was selected to appear in the Comedy Reserve (the Pleasance's 'Best of New Comedy' showcase) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Brett has also performed at Brighton Sidesplitters and
the Covent Garden Comedy Club.

The launch of the Elgar Room is another step in affirming the Royal Albert Hall's status as both an inclusive and accessible venue and a demonstration of the charity's support for new emerging

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The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK's most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. It is a registered charity and operates without any public subsidy. Since opening in
1871, the Royal Albert Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year which
include performances of jazz, world music, rock and pop, dance, comedy, film premières and award ceremonies. Audiences of well over a million are entertained at the Hall each year and many
millions more around the world enjoy the Hall experience through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.

The Royal Albert Hall co-promotes productions and showcases talented world music and jazz artists through its lively lunchtime music series, ignite in the Café Consort. It has a strong heritage
in rock and has hosted a diverse range of legendary artists and bands over the years. It hosted the only gig in history where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on the same bill, and has also played host to such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Oasis, Cream and Dame Shirley Bassey. It also offers tours of this iconic building, a free exhibition series entitled reflect and an extensive education programme for young people.

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