Cutty Sark Studio Theatre announces Warm-Up Shows for Edinburgh Comedy Festival

After last year’s sell out launch, this summer the world’s sole remaining tea clipper and major London landmark Cutty Sark hosts its second pre-Edinburgh comedy festival.

Running 22 July–4 August 2016, see brand new material from some of today’s hottest comedians and catch the stars of the future.

In the run up to their sell-out Edinburgh shows, comedians including Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Josie Long will be performing in the lower hold where precious cargoes of tea and wool were stacked over a century ago on Cutty Sark’s famous voyages. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other artefacts relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into an eclectic 92-seat studio theatre, which provides the perfect platform for a comedy festival.

Seann Walsh and Elliot Steel

Seann Walsh

Hailed by The Guardian as ‘unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation’, Sean Walsh, star of BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo and E4’s Virtually Famous, shares new material on board Cutty Sark.

Elliot Steel

Elliot’s hilarious and honest routines are gritty real-life tales of growing up on a South London council estate – all delivered in his refreshingly individual style.

Friday 22 July 2016 | £12.00

Simon Munnery and Sam Fletcher

Simon Munnery

'Avant-garde comedy god' (Time Out), British Comedy Award and Perrier Award nominee, Sony Radio Award winner and Fringe veteran Simon Munnery shares brand new work.

Sam Fletcher

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Sam Fletcher – ‘a true indie comic’ (Time Out) – performs the workings of his new, Edinburgh Fringe-bound, stand-up hour.

Saturday 23 July 2016 | £12.00

Holly Burn and Andrew Hunter Murray

Holly Burn: I am special

Holly Burn is special, more special than you... alas, the world hasn’t caught on yet. As the voice of Generation Y, join her as she wonders aloud why the life that’s due to her is so elusive.

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One

Star of Fringe smash-hit Austentatious, Andrew Hunter Murray presents his debut solo hour, a sizzling slab of character comedy, high-stakes idiocy, outlandish wordplay and an extremely exciting Music Round.

Sunday 24 July 2016 | £12.00

Zoe Lyons and Pierre Novellie

Zoe Lyons

Zoe Lyons presents her trademark high energy, brilliantly observed routines and sharply written material in this hilarious show.

Pierre Novellie

Following his well-received 2015 Edinburgh show, Pierre has since been nominated for Best Club Comic at the 2016 Chortle Awards and is filming for Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps. Join him as he takes to Cutty Sark's stage.

Monday 25 July 2016 | £12.00

Tony Law and Jordan Brookes

Tony Law

Multi-award winning comedian and ‘errant knight of tomfoolery’ (The Guardian), Tony Law shares new work on board the last surviving tea clipper.

Jordan Brookes

Chortle Comedy Award Nominee Jordan Brookes presents a brand new stand-up hour.

Tuesday 26 July 2016 | £12.00

Lolly Adefope and Pippa Evans

Lolly Adefope

After a sell-out Fringe debut, The Independent's ‘One to Watch’, Evening Standard's ‘Fresh Faces of 2016’ and Chortle Best Newcomer nominee Lolly Adefope presents her second hour of character comedy.

Pippa Evans

Come join Chortle’s Music and Variety Act of 2016 for more marvellous ‘inspirtainment’ as Pippa returns to tell jokes and sing at you.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 £12.00

Shappi Khorsandi and Henry Paker

Shappi Khorsandi

‘Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick’ (The Guardian), Shappi Khorsandi has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Full Stops, as well as being a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as The Now Show and Just a Minute. Join her in her hilarious Cutty Sark debut.

Henry Paker

After winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2008, Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand-up, actor and cartoonist. He graces the ship’s boards this July with his comedic brilliance.

Friday 29 July 2016 | £12.00

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

Ireland's top comedy, hip-hop, and improv team returns, using razor-sharp improvisation to transform the audience's likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.

Saturday 30 July 2016 | £12.00

Sam Simmons and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

Join Sam Simmons for a brand-spanking-new hour of mind-blending internal self-hatred, paranoia, and comedy – because you have to put comedy in it.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: A Hysterical Woman

Leicester Mercury Finalist and the brains behind multi award-winning Gein's Family Giftshop, Kiri Pritchard-McLean investigates genetics, gender and race – what a laugh.

Sunday 31 July 2016 | £12.00

Josie Long and Elf Lyons

Josie Long

Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, presenter of Radio 4’s Short Cuts and cult optimist Josie Long presents her latest material.

Elf Lyons - Pelician

Feminist Times' One to Watch and Media Eye's Rising Star 2016 Elf Lyons, sometimes wants to kill her mother. So she’s made a show about it.

Thursday 4 August | £12.00

Booking Information

Telephone bookings: 020 8312 6608.

Tickets admit entrance to the dock and lower hold only.

All performances start at 7.45 pm.

General Information

Cutty Sark reopened to the public in April 2012, marking a new chapter in the extraordinary life of the last surviving tea clipper and one of the world’s most famous ships.

Visitors to Cutty Sark can venture aboard and beneath the beautiful three-masted clipper: walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago; explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on epic voyages; and even walk underneath the 963-tonne ship in the dry berth below to view the elegant lines of her hull.

Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Queen’s House operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. Cutty Sark is open 10.00–17.00, Monday–Sunday (subject to change please see website for details). Admission to Cutty Sark is £13.50 for adults (£11.50 concessions) and £7.00 for children aged 5-15. Family tickets are priced at £24 (1 adult and 2 children) or £35 (2 adults and up to 2 children). Bundled tickets are available with other Royal Museums Greenwich attractions.

Royal Museums Greenwich members receive free entry to Cutty Sark among their membership benefits. Admission to Cutty Sark is by ticket, available online, by telephone or in person on the day. Due to high demand tickets may be unavailable on the day to those who have not purchased their ticket in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the bookings line on 020 8312 6608.

Cutty Sark is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.


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