Russell Kane and Guests: Live at the RSC

29 July 2011

Russell Kane

Royal Shakespeare Theatre,
Sunday 11 September, 7.30pm
Box Office: 0844 800 1110 and
Age guidance: 14+
Tickets cost: £20, £18 and £15.

Russell Kane, now firmly established as one of the best comics in the UK today, makes a welcome return to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as he headlines an evening of comedy on Sunday 11 September at 7.30pm.

Compered by Chris Ramsey, the evening will also feature Josh Widdicombe and Nick Helm.

Live At The RSC is a new series of comedy and music nights at the RSC's theatres in Stratford. Singer KT Tunstall and comic Chris Addison have already played dates at the recently re-opened Royal Shakespeare Theatre, with folk and rock musician Teddy Thompson visiting on Sunday 7 August.

The recipient of the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2010 and the Barry Award 2011, Russell Kane has had a prolific year: he rejoined ITV2's I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now presenting team; presented Freak Like Me, a six part series for BBC3; wrote the play The Great British Country Fete for the Bush Theatre; and made an acclaimed appearance on BBC1's flagship live comedy show Live at the Apollo.

A regular on both radio and TV panel shows, Russell has appeared on Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), is a regular guest on The Wright Stuff (Five), It's Your Round (BBC Radio 4) and A Good Read (BBC Radio 4) and Britain's Got More Talent (ITV2), to name but a few.

Most recently, Russell was a finalist in Let's Dance for Comic Relief; he appeared in all 6 episodes of Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford (ITV1) and was a guest on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1).

Russell has just completed a sell-out national tour of his award winning show Smokescreens and Castles, recently recorded for a live DVD.

This is Russell's third appearance at the RSC, having performed his show, Fakespeare: The Tragickal Saveings of King Nigel in 2008, and as host of the very first Live At The RSC comedy night back in March this year.

Chris Ramsey made his Edinburgh Festival debut in 2009, appearing as part of the Comedy Zone at the Pleasance. He returned to the festival in 2010 with his sell-out hit solo stand up show, Chris Ramsey: Aggrophobic, and is currently working on a new stand-up show, to be debuted at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Since his first gig in January 2008 Josh Widdicombe has had a remarkable impact on the comedy circuit. In just three years he has been named FHM Stand Up Hero 2010 (ITV4), Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2010 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2011. After just a handful of gigs Josh made it through to the final of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe; he returns to the Festival this year with his first hour show.

Since starting stand-up comedy in 2007, Nick Helm has quickly gained attention for his unique, powerful and, above all, hilarious blend of one-liners, stories, poems and songs. In 2010, Nick headed up to Edinburgh in two shows: the Big Value Early Show at Just the Tonic @ the Caves, and Keep Hold Of The Gold Downstairs at the Tron, which became one of the must-see shows of the festival.

Russell Kane and Guests: Live At The RSC starts at 7.30pm and runs approximately two and a quarter hours with interval.

For more information and photos please contact:

Dean Asker
RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 9937759

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