Soho Theatre, David Johnson & John Mackay present

David Hoyle & Richard Thomas: Merrie Hell

  • Thu 29 Nov – Sat 5 Jan, 9.30pm
  • Thu 29 Nov - Tue 4 Dec £10, 5 Dec - 5 Jan Mon - Wed £15 (£12.50), Thu - Sat £20 (£17.50)

‘Excellent… marvellously catchy. A night worthy of a spot on any festive calendar.’ ★★★★ Time Out

David Hoyle & Richard Thomas: Merrie Hell

‘A two-finger salute to the festive season – jauntily, exhilaratingly enjoyable.’ ★★★★ Metro

‘A heavenly evening of scathing cynicism, religion baiting and toe tapping tunes.’ ★★★★ Gay Times

‘Merrie Hell is a riot of anarchic humour.’ The Stage

Get nasty this nativity… “The Divine” David Hoyle and Richard “Jerry Springer” Thomas come together with a trashy, meaty buffet of festive filth and darkly funny songs. Stick your big toe into a laddered stocking stuffed with Crimbo melodies redolent of tangerines, tinsel, telly, tears and terror.

Having previously worked together on award-winning feature film Uncle David, our two bad fairies Hoyle and Thomas bring their own alternative Christmas celebration to Soho Downstairs for nights of sin and song. Join them … or else!

TICKETS
£10 29 Nov-4 Dec
£15 (£12.50) 5 Dec-5 Jan, Mon-Wed
£20 (£17.50) 5 Dec-5 Jan, Thu-Sat
£5 off full price tickets for groups 8+ by phone on 0207 478 0100

Richard Thomas is an award-winning writer/composer, best known for creating and composing Jerry Springer: The Opera with Stewart Lee, for which won multiple Olivier Awards and has played West End, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Peckham. BBC Two aired his series Kombat Opera, comprising five half-hour TV musicals. Most recently, Thomas wrote and composed the dance musical, Shoes, which transferred from Sadler’s Wells to the West End in 2010, as well as writing the book and lyrics for the smash Royal Opera House hit in 2011, Anna Nicole which has US debut in 2013 in New York.

David Hoyle is a renowned performance artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian, film director, and creator of The Divine David, an ‘anti- drag queen’ character who fronted several series’ on Channel 4. Hoyle has also appeared in Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker’s Nathan Barley and in recent years, he has returned to the stage with a string of live shows; Magazine (2007), Dave’s Drop-In (2009), Licking Wounds (2010) and Lives (2011). In 2010 he released his own feature film Uncle David, which he both directed and starred in.

Premium Table Seats
Reserve a prime location table for up to four people with a pitcher of beer or a bottle of wine for just £20 extra; to book, please call our box office on 020 7478 0100.

‘Gloriously bad taste, extremely funny and properly unique.’ Guardian

‘Excellent … marvellously catchy… a night worthy of a spot on any festive calendar.’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘A two-finger salute to the festive season – jauntily, exhilaratingly enjoyable.’ ★★★★ Metro

‘A heavenly evening of scathing cynicism, religion baiting and toe tapping tunes.’ ★★★★ Gay Times

‘Merrie Hell is a riot of anarchic humour.’ The Stage

‘David Hoyle is the outstanding figure of London’s current cabaret scene… Scandalisingly entertaining’ Time Out

‘It’s filthy, it’s funny, it’s brilliantly original… A thrilling, truly ground-breaking smash.’
Telegraph (on Richard Thomas’ Jerry Springer: The Opera)

The music and libretto… reach fresh heights of comic, bad-taste mockery as humanism usurps religion: utter, impure theatrical pleasure.’ Evening Standard (on Richard Thomas’ Jerry Springer: The Opera)