Mark Steel's in town

Mark Steel is coming to Stratford.

Thursday 17 September
The Dell, Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon
Doors open at 5pm, recording starts at 6pm

Every year on BBC Radio 4, comedian, columnist and author Mark Steel visits six different towns across the UK. He delves into the history, people and idiosyncrasies to try to work out what ingredients combine to make the places distinctive. He then creates a bespoke stand-up show about the town, which he performs in front of a local audience.

It's a celebration of the sort of places in Britain that have their own fascinating stories to tell with inhabitants who are passionate about what their town has to offer. Essentially, it's a best man speech, but about a place.

Mark Steel
Mark Steel

The show is now in its 10th series. Previously, Mark has recorded shows in 55 interesting and unusual places from the Isle of Portland in Dorset to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, as well as ones in Alderney in the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and Malta.

Due to the current situation this show will take place outside. Hopefully it will be a lovely, sunny day, but just in case the weather turns it'll be good to bring something to keep yourself warm and dry.

Seats are not provided, so please bring a picnic blanket to sit on. You’re welcome to bring your own camping chairs, but please note that you will be seated towards the back. There will be no bar available but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.

Temperature checks will be carried out on arrival, but please do not attend the show if you begin to develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus or if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus - and please be aware that the BBC will be supporting the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

Tickets have been allocated by random draw, which is now closed.


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