Not sure what to see at The Warren this week? Well, we may be able to help you with that. We've prepared a showcase of all our favourite upcoming acts who'll be performing snippets of their full shows - all for just £5.
So what's can we expect from this week's Pick of the Fringe?
Saturday 19th June
If you're a fan of musical comedy, this is certainly the set for you. Matt Hutson kicks things off on Saturday with his inventive and cliche-free musical stand-up. Matt's highly original "proper songwriting" (Chortle) has reached the Musical Comedy Awards final three years in a row - taking third place in 2017. Expect catchy tunes and big laughs from this talented comic.
Next up is a taster of Do the Thing: The Made Up Musical. Following sell-out shows in 2018 and 2019, this talented three-piece have earned their reputation as “one of the best musical improv troupes on the circuit" (The Reviews Hub), creating a wonderfully spontaneous musical performance guaranteed to keep you laughing throughout.
Heidi Regan is "Emotional but hilarious" (British Comedy Guide). Her introspective, self-deprecating comedy is both hilarious and relatable. She won her the BBC New Comedy Award back in 2017, and it's not hard to see why.
The next show works under the premise that"Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so we thought we’d give him a hand". Expect more audience interaction and impressive ad-lib from ShakeItUp: The Improvised Shakespeare Show. They're quick-witted, inexhaustible and absolutely hysterical” (★★★★★ - LondonTheatreReviews), "brand-new Shakespeare play[s] we've all been waiting 400 years to see".
Marcel Lucont is a fanatical Frenchman with an unsurprising disdain for everything English. His dead-pan delivery and dry wit have earned him a spot on 'The John Bishop Show' (BBC1), 'Set List' (Sky Atlantic) and 'Russell Howard's Good News' (BBC3), as well as winning the Fringe World Award for Best Comedy.
For the unconvinced, it's worth checking out his fantastic routine from 'Comedy Central At The Comedy Store’.
Sunday 20th June
John Osborne: John Peel’s Shed has been hailed as “One of the loveliest things you’ll see all year” ★★★★ (The Herald) and "Genius. A comic highlight” (The Guardian).
The premise is certainly a little different too. Back in 2002, John Osbourne won a collection of John Peel's records, which took 8 years to listen to. This auditory odyssey is "an ode an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless."
“A keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life, Osborne sits somewhere between Tom Wrigglesworth and Daniel Kitson. I could have listened for hours” ★★★★★ (The Independent).
West End-On Sea continues our music-heavy Sunday set. These experienced entertainers offer a charming celebration of theatre and cabaret, belting out incredible renditions of classic musicals numbers. They're a hit with the press (★★★★★ Latest) and popular with audiences too, promising a beautiful night of music, laughter and song. Just the tonic for anyone missing the West End!
Marcel Lucont and Matt Hutson are also set to return for Pick of the Fringe on Sunday.