Mark Thomas, Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef – A Benefit Night For Belarus Free Theatre

Political activist and comedian, Mark Thomas, is bringing together an excellent line-up of comics for yet another great cause. Mark will be joined by Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef at London’s Comedy Store on the Spring bank holiday, Monday 27th May, for a benefit to help raise funds for Belarus Free Theatre.

Belarus has the last remaining dictatorship in Europe and the Belarus Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin. Their performances are often done in secret and are subject to targeting and censorship by the authorities. They sought political asylum in the UK in 2011 and created a new part of the company in London. They continue their work with the permanent ensemble left behind in Minsk, who perform and tour around the world as Belarus Free Theatre. The funds raised from this evening will help the company in their work.

Belarus Free Theatre creates unique theatre because of its innovative approach to urgent and challenging social and political issues. It is impossible for any other company to perform the plays devised and produced by the company as the essence of their work is born out of their personal experiences and research. They have performed in over 42 countries around the world and is recognised for its unique role in theatre as well as for its denial of the narrow options offered to it by a contemporary world. Its trustees include Michael Attenborough, Jude Law and Samuel West.

VENUE: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
DATE: Monday 27th May
TIME: 8pm
BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7699 / www.thecomedystore.co.uk

A new cast for Hairspray has been announced

The producers of HAIRSPRAY are delighted to announce that PHILL JUPITUS, BELINDA CARLISLE and SHARON D CLARKE will all be joining the cast from Monday 26 October, with Sunday performances beginning on Sunday 8 November.

PHILL JUPITUS will star as larger than life heroine Edna Turnblad. Phill is a comedian, broadcaster, writer and actor who has appeared on British television & radio and the stage for over 20 years. He is probably best known as being a regular team captain on the hit BBC2 show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

BELINDA CARLISLE will play the glamourous white supremacist Velma von Tussle. Belinda is a Grammy Award nominated singer and actress. Her solo career was hugely successful with global hits including Circle In The Sand, Leave A Light On For Me, I Get Weak and the international number one Heaven Is A Place On Earth.

SHARON D CLARKE joins the show as celebrity DJ Motormouth Maybelle – owner of Baltimore’s biggest set of lungs! Oliver Award nominated Sharon is a prolific West End, television and radio star and recording artist. Her stage credits include Chicago, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Rent and Guys and Dolls. On television she has most recently appeared as Dr Lolo Griffin in Holby City and as a judge on hit BBC show Last Choir Standing.

From 8 November 2009, Hairspray will be performing on Sundays at 3pm!

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