Thurs 19 July • Mat Ricardo

Cabaret star and juggler Mat Ricardo had a problem: after a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, he’d run out of new tricks. So he did something stupid. He bet everyone in the world that he could learn any trick they could think of. This new show is the result of that bet.

World-class juggling, magic and illusion, escapology, sleight of hand, knife throwing, stand-up comedy, feats of strength, demonstrations of dexterity…and the only good trick that exists with a fidget spinner, all from a performer at the top of his game.

 ***** “Brilliant” The Herald

**** “Captivating” The Scotsman

“Very funny” The Guardian

Mat Ricardo is a TedX Speaker, Magic Circle doyen, Royal Command Performer, and the winner of the Herald Angel Award for theatre excellence, British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, Stagetalk Magazine’s Show of the Year, and the Arts Award Pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thursday 19 July
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions
Age guidance: 10+


Sat 10 November • Simon Evans: Genius

Simon Evans: Genius

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

Simon is well known from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4, where his own hugely successful, acclaimed radio show Simon Evans Goes To Market returns for a fourth series in Spring 2018.

Simon also makes regular contributions in a slightly more serious vein, as a regular guest on current affairs TV shows (most recently Andrew Neil’s This Week, BBC One) and on live radio, e.g. Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition. He was also part of the comedians’ team on University Challenge: The Professionals – narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice! – and has won Celebrity Mastermind: his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton.

“Super-sharp wit” (Time Out).

“Please clap” (Jeb Bush).

‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** (The Scotsman)

“reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent” **** (The Times)

Saturday 10 November
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions
Age guidance 14+

As with all our shows, this price includes a £1 future fund levy.

Fri 1 March 2019 • Hal Cruttenden • Chubster

Friday 1st March 2019
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£19 / £17 members & concessions


On sale from 10am on Monday 30 April 2018


***** ‘On top form’ – Edinburgh Evening News

***** ‘He had the audience in stitches’ – Daily Record

**** ‘Hilarious’ – Evening Standard

**** ‘ Hugely talented’ – The Times

**** ‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden’ – Daily Mirror

Three-time Chortle Award nominee, Hal Cruttenden is a familiar face on the comedy circuit having literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. After a 2 year hiatus from touring, he is back with a new show entitled ‘Chubster’.

Rather touchingly, he asked his teenage daughters what title would best sum him up. They said ‘Chubster’. Hal’s now on a diet.

This hilarious show not only touches on his usual moans about being a middle-aged, middle class father of fat-shaming teenagers but also introduces us to new problems like his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma of supporting the England rugby team.