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An Evening Of Alan Bennett
📅 Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 October 2019
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
From Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th October, The Knaresborough Players will present An Evening of Alan Bennett, which will include two of his most popular Talking Head monologues along with Green Forms, a one act play.

Alan Bennett is an extraordinarily prolific playwright, screenwriter, actor, and author. He has written nearly 50 TV plays, more than 20 stage plays and 13 films, and has published more than 30 books. For these he has won more than 30 awards, including five Laurence Olivier Awards, two Baftas, five Evening Standard Awards and four British Book Awards.

A Chip in the Sugar is a dramatic monologue written by Alan Bennett in 1987 for television, as part of his Talking Heads series for the BBC and was performed originally by Bennett himself. Graham, a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally unintelligent and chronically dependent on his mother, finds life difficult enough at the best of times. When Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry him, Graham’s old insecurities rear their ugly heads.

A Lady of Letters is the second of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads series. Miss Ruddock writes letters – not, unfortunately, social communications filled with harmless news, but letters of complaint, comment and, occasionally, officious praise to various businesses and government departments. She complains about the lack of care she assumes the child living opposite is receiving. She is not afraid to speak, or rather write, her mind. Miss Ruddock frequently writes to anyone she can to remedy the social problems and issues she sees around her. However not everyone shares her opinions…

Green Forms is a one-act play written as part of the Office Suite. Doris and Doreen work in an obscure department of for a large unnamed corporation. On a normal day they keep busy by flirting with nice Mr. Titmus in Staff & Appointments or pursuing their feud over a plug with Mr. Cunliffe in Personnel. However this is not a normal day. Changes are afoot, though they are not entirely sure what they are. Equipped with an in-depth knowledge of regulations and paperwork they feel compelled to get to the bottom of it.

There are performances at 7.30pm each evening, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 over 60s / under 16s) and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk, by calling 07835 927965 (payment taken at time of booking) or by visiting the Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.
Gavin Webster

Gavin Webster : Northern HemisphereTour
📅 Friday 18 October 2019
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
On Friday 18th October, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back Gavin Webster in another intimate gig upstairs at the Frazer Theatre.

Tickets are £10 and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965 (payment will be taken at time of booking).

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Fresh from another triumphant Edinburgh run, Gavin Webster embarks on his new 2019 ‘Northern Hemisphere’ tour with loads of new material after his much successful ‘World Tour’ of 2018.

Hailing from Tyneside and being one of the first Geordie post modern alternative comedians, an hour and a half watching Webster is a unique experience. There’s been very few who can match him for speed and conciseness of delivery and even fewer who can describe him or his style as he switches between the laconic narrative observational schtick to the one liners and then the dark anti comedy quips alongside the music hall crash bang wallops and catch phrases.
Alfie Moore

Alfie Moore : BBC Radio 4 Preview
📅 Sunday 27 October 2019
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
On Sunday 27th October the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back Humberside police sergeant-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for an hilarious, interactive work in progress ahead of recording the fifth series of his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy show ‘IT’S A FAIR COP’.

Alfie ‘swears in’ the audience as police officers and takes them through a real-life scenario from his ‘casebook’. He playfully challenges them with moral dilemmas, that police officers face every day, and invites them to contribute the real-time policing decisions that they would make – with often unexpected and entertaining results! If you’d like to know what a policeman’s lot is actually like and to enjoy an evening with a very funny man get your ticket now before they sell out again!

It’d be a crime to miss it.

“…offbeat, revealing and very funny” Daily Mail
“Brilliantly funny…. genuinely hilarious” David Mitchell

Tickets are £10 (+ £1 booking fee) and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965.
Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.


Frazer Theatre Comedy Club
📅 Friday 1 November 2019
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
It’s finally here! Our epic Five Years of Funny event has stretched throughout 2019, with a huge array of the very finest comedy talents joining us, but we now reach the climax we’ve been promising! It’s our fifth birthday show, with possibly our greatest line-up ever! Plus, as is traditional at our birthday shows, there’ll be cake bunting and a special free gift for every audience member!

As always, tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough, by calling 07835 927965 or from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk. Any remaining tickets will be available for £12 on the door.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm.

The full line up* is:

Tez Ilyas
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Recently seen in his very own Channel 4 show “The Tez O’Clock Show”, which was a commercial and critical hit, Tez has been going from strength to strength since he last visited us in January 2018.

A spectacularly powerful, provocative and brilliantly funny satirist, he’s performed to sell-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe and across the country. One of the brightest new stars to make the leap into the upper echelons of the comedy scene, Tez is a fitting co-headliner for this very special show.

Paul F Taylor
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The award winning Paul F Taylor is a one of the UK’s most original and distinctive stand-up performers. His unique brand of humour fuses quirky offbeat one liners with surreal and observational flights of fancy to fantastical effect.

Winner of the NATY New Act Of The Year for 2013, Paul’s persona of a lost bewildered fool sits perfectly alongside his gleefully madcap ideas. Long-time Comedy Club fans may remember that Paul headlined our very first birthday show back in November 2015, so it seems fitting that he’s back to co-headline the biggest show in our history!

Tom Little
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Winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2015, Tom has one of the most unique performance styles on the circuit. Initially seeming awkward, with his stationery, half-shouted delivery, Tom’s comedy genius soon reveals itself, taking the audience in one direction before suddenly, gloriously, pulling the rug from under them. Wildly inventive and a gifted writer, Tom is a welcome addition to any comedy club.

Tom Toal
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It simply wouldn’t be a Frazer Theatre Comedy Club birthday show without our traditional MC, Tom Toal. Tom is currently coming off the back of a very well received Fringe run and is riding high with his hugely successful Harry Potter themed podcast “After All This Time, Always”. A natural performer, always incredibly relaxed on stage and able to simultaneously warm an audience up and put them at ease, we can’t imagine celebrating our special day without him!

*Line up subject to change
John Robertson ...The Dark Room For Kids
📅 Saturday 23 November 2019
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
On Saturday 23rd November at 2pm, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is proud to host the winner of the BEST KIDS SHOW at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, John Robertson’s “The Dark Room for Kids”.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for children with a family of 4 (max 2 adults) for £30 (10% booking fee applies). They are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965.

Doors open at 1:30pm and the show starts at 2pm.

You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?!

Pick options off the screen in this fun, fear-filled, text-based interactive adventure game.
It’s funny for the adults, funny for the kids and doesn’t patronize anyone.

Will you: A) Find Light Switch? B) Go North? C) Explode in a shower of stinking guts?

Join us for a bonkers family game show with a grumpy host. Featuring challenges, trouble, real(ly) terrible prizes and jokes about Fortnite.

Can YOU escape the Dark Room?

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This bit is for parents only: This show is recommended for 11+ but younger kids are welcome, too. There may be some mild language but it’s more like Roald Dahl than YouTube.
John-Luke Roberts: After Me Comes The Flood!
📅 Friday 21 February 2020
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
On Friday 21st February 2020, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes the critically acclaimed idiot John-Luke Roberts who returns to the road with another ridiculously long titled show.

In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in this hour of absolute silliness. But then again, maybe they won’t. Who knows what could happen!

★★★★★ “Freewheeling escapism…A joy” Fest Magazine
★★★★★ “A masterpiece…The show is exquisite, with every last element fine-tuned to perform its function” One4Review
★★★★.5 “A relentless tempest of insanely inspired shenanigans; a dizzying parade of mad skits and eccentric characters, all built on a nugget of peculiar innovation…Unflaggingly funny” Chortle
★★★★ “an impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour” The Telegraph
★★★★ “a hit” The Times
★★★★ “Killer gags…glorious idiocy” The Guardian
★★★★ “Mind warping hour which follows through brilliantly on its own absurd logic…relentlessly funny” The List

Tickets are £11 and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or calling 07835 927965

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