Nic Wright

Joke Thieves world tour hits the road

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Joke Thieves, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite, returns to the stage this month for its debut tour.

Following a sold-out run at the Fringe, Will Mars’ chaotic comedy brainchild is taking to the road, bringing its unique form of improvised comedy to venues across the nation, as well as the far side of the globe.

The cult hit show, which debuted at Edinburgh Fringe 2013, sees regulars Stephen Carlin, Danny Ward, Jessica Fostekew, Joe Rowntree, Will Franken and Danny Pensive perform their own jokes and then each other’s, competing for the biggest laughs in a performance which promises to offer the audience something new every time.

In the past the show has featured guests such as Dana Alexander, Jo Caulfield, Luisa Omielan, Carl Donnelly, Paul F Taylor, Daniel Sloss, Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons, Mick Ferry, Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett, Abandoman and Des Clarke.

Joke Thieves was named Critic’s Choice by Time Out as well as being included in their list of ’10 Late Nights Out at the Fringe’ and in Chortle’s list of top ten format shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show also provided the format for a BBC Two television pilot, fronted by Hal Cruttenden, which was recorded at the Fringe last year.

Full UK tour dates:

21 January 2015: Salford – Lowry
22 January 2015: London – Leicester Square Theatre
29 January 2015: Port Talbot – Princess Royal Theatre

5 February 2015: Swindon – Arts Centre
15 February 2015: Leicester – Y Theatre
25 February 2015: Edinburgh – The Stand
26 February 2015: Birmingham – Glee Studio

23 April 2015: Maidenhead – Norden Farm
26 April 2015: Brighton – Komedia
28 April 2015: Newcastle – The Stand
29 April 2015: Glasgow – The Stand
30 April 2015: Cranleigh – Arts Centre

3 June 2015: Tring – The Court Theatre
4 June 2015: Didcot – Cornerstone Arts Centre

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