Top names to offer open-air comedy in Brighton

Stand-up Under The Stars will offer a series of outdoor comedy shows at Brighton Open Air Theatre at the end of August/beginning of September, with performers including Nina Conti, Phil Wang and Mae Martin.
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Spokeswoman Rachel Illingworth said: “Following on from our successful series of online shows during the lockdown, we are very excited for the return of live shows, as well as raising money to support the future existence of The Old Market.

“We have some great acts lined-up including Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Mae Martin, Ed Gamble and many more.”

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The shows will run from August 26-September 3. Tickets will be £21, with £1 from every ticket sold going to The Old Market, Brighton & Hove’s independent arts venue.

Tom Searle, founder of Show And Tell, said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Old Market having worked with them so closely over the last few years, bringing comedy and theatre shows to their amazing cultural hub.

“We are also looking forward to safely welcoming the return of comedy with a live audience in the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at BOAT, and hope that everyone will enjoy a laughter filled evening under the stars!’

“Show And Tell is an award-winning production company, of live comedy and theatre, with a national and international programme of events. With teams in London and New York, we seek to play an integral role in the careers of many world-class and emerging performing arts talents. They are responsible for bringing tour shows to The Old Market, including Mae Martin, Rhys James, Simon Munnery, and many more, and their regular mixed-bill comedy night, Live at the Brighton Dome, brings the best stand-ups around to Brighton Dome.”

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Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Ed Gamble, Wednesday, August 26, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road, Hove BN3 6EH, 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Tim Key, Mae Martin, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tuesday, September 1.

Bridget Christie, Suzi Ruffell, John Robins, Wednesday, September 2.

Tim Vine, Shappi Khorsandi, Ivo Graham, Thursday, September 3.

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Opened in May 2015, Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) was conceived by Brighton playwright, showman and construction manager Adrian Bunting, who died of pancreatic cancer, aged 47, in May 2013.

During his final weeks Adrian drew up plans for what he hoped would become his legacy, The Brighton Open Air Theatre. It had always been his dream to build an open-air theatre in the city that he loved. Adrian asked five of his friends if they would continue his dream after he had gone, and now BOAT operates from May to September each year, providing a space for local artists, schools etc alongside national touring productions.

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