After more than a decade of offering a selection of the best international talent, Latitude has its greatest offering yet of stand-up comedians, sketch artists, comedy skits and cabaret shows. Join us at Henham Park for an unrivalled opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the industry.
Headlining the Comedy Arena is internationally acclaimed stand-up titanRussell Howard. He performed at the first ever Latitude back in 2006, and in the decade since has earned a staggering amount of awards, sold-out tours and TV appearances, including his own hit television show ‘Russell Howard’s Good News.’ He returns to the festival as one of the UK’s most successful comedians.
Josh Widdicombe is another television regular who’s trading in a production set for a festival stage in July. His Channel 4 series ‘The Last Leg’ has won him awards; his BBC3 sitcom ‘Josh’ has won him the praise of critics. This summer, his stand-up performance at Henham Park will win him cheers and laughter from the whole crowd.
Triple threat Reggie Watts – beatboxer, improviser and comedian – will bring a one-of-a-kind show to the festival. Combining his formidable voice and looping pedals, Reggie creates an on-the-spot tour-de-force of music and comedy that blends genres in a way you’ve never seen or heard before.
Paul Merton, champion of impro and holder of chums, is bringing his groupPaul Merton’s Impro Chums to the Comedy Arena to present a brand new show. Along with Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, Paul will take on suggestions from all of you in the audience to weave together a knee-slapping narrative.
In another display of the variety in comedy, The Boy With Tape on His Facewill show you that a performance doesn’t require noise, talking or acting. His show speaks for itself – and your laughter will fill in the silence.
Next door at the Cabaret Arena will find post-queer events collectiveDuckie. The team will bring acts from their legendary 21-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The production will be led by Ursula Martinez, Figs in Wigs and Barbara Brownskirt & The Frank Chickens, and hosted by Myra Dubois with DJ’s Readers Wifes.
The famed London venue Soho Theatre will also bring their ground-breaking, edgy show to the late-night cabaret crowd. Their set of thrilling, glamorous acts will star Bridget Everett, CHRISTEENE, Le Gateau Chocolat, Peter & Bambi Heaven and Tom Allen.
The Glory is London’s newest venue for alt-drag, performance art, music and theatre. Its ‘Landladies’, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle will host their own variety show featuring stars of their drag queen and king competitions, soundtracked by their own in-house rock band.
Award-winning Desmond O’Connor will join forces with renowned actress Sarah-Louise Young to present ‘Royal Vauxhall’, an insightful new musical about an outlandish night out with Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett. Powered by O’Connor’s bittersweet lyrics and catchy melodies, the show will be sure to shock, charm and entertain.
To see the full announcement of new comedy and cabaret acts – joining an array of already-announced music, theatre and poetry acts – take a look at the Latitude line up thus far.
And if you haven’t already, grab your tickets to experience the best multi-arts event of the summer.
Read more at http://www.latitudefestival.com/news/first-comedy-and-cabaret-announcement