• With sold out world tours, TV specials and millions of social media followers, Indian comedian ZAKIR KHAN performs a run of not one but two two-hour shows in Hindi in his Soho Theatre debut. And KANAN GILL returns to Soho with his brand new hour
  • Christmas promises not to be a drag this year, with LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT and JONNY WOO returning to Soho Theatre with NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL MUSICALS, and American alt-drag legend DINA MARTINA returns from across the pond with THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW 
  • NATALIE PALAMIDES brings back critically-acclaimed debut show LAID, while fellow American MARY BETH BARONE makes her Soho debut with DRAG HIS ASS, and Iranian-German sensation ENISSA AMANI is LIVE IN LONDON 
  • New shows from: AHIR SHAH: DRESS, SHAPARAK KHORSANDI: IT WAS THE NINETIES!!!, NICK HELM: I THINK, YOU STINK!, and KIELL SMITH-BYNOE and ED MACARTHUR in STRING V SPITTA 
  • Also coming soon are previously announced shows from NJAMBI MCGRATH, ISABELLE FARAH, LIZ KINGSMAN, and already sold out runs from MAE MARTIN and MEGAN STALTER 
  • On sale now (Mary Beth Barone on sale Friday) from sohotheatre.com

Getting in on the festive spirit early, Soho Theatre’s winter-ish season will indeed be the season to be jolly, featuring international comedians and exciting new work, such as Indian comedy superstar Zakir Khan, or Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts, BBC One) and Ed MacArthur (Murder for Two) in String V SPITTA, a brand new musical comedy about two rival children’s entertainers. We’ll also see the comforting return of some of our favourite shows, like Natalie Palamides’ critically acclaimed debut show Laid, following the worldwide success of her show Nate which was also released as a Netflix special last year.

The cabaret season features Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo who will bring Now That’s What We Call Musicals, the sequel to their critically-acclaimed show A Night at the Musicals, for what promises to be the Christmas party to end all Christmas parties (and then the January party to end all January parties). It’s been a few years since we last saw the talent-stuffed and sanitarium-ready American drag artist Dina Martina, who will come back with her unique sense of humour to perform her legendary Christmas show, The Dina Martina Christmas Show, for the first time in the UK, after successful runs across the US in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Provincetown, and New York City.

There’ll be plenty of comedy to lead you into the new year with shows by returning Soho Theatre friends and certified icons like Ahir Shah, Shaparak Khorsandi, Natalie Palamides, Enissa Amani, Nick Helm, Kanan Gill, and Mae Martin, as well as Soho newbies (but all-round legends) Njambi Mcgrath, Isabelle Farah, Zakir Khan, Megan Stalter, Mary Beth Barone, and Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Ed MacArthur’s String V SPITTA.

Mon 4 – Sat 9 Oct
7.15pm 
Blue Book Artist Management presents
NJAMBI MCGRATH: ACCIDENTAL COCONUTBrexit seems inescapable as the British stand at the crossroads of self-identity and nostalgia of a bygone era of an empire.

This show is a juxtaposition of loss of a people from opposing sides. Those mourning from loss of former glory and those mourning how that former glory impacted on their lives ripping apart their innocence. In the era when the British people are re-examining who they are as a people, and in relation to the rest of the world. Njambi scrutinises her own story; from the other side of the empire.

Mon 11 – Wed 13 Oct
9.15pm 
RBM Comedy presents
ISABELLE FARAH: ELLIPSISStandup is the outlet that keeps you sane.

The nature of the game is to turn everything into punchlines. But can you do it if you feel all-consuming sadness?

“In some ways I wanted my therapist to come and watch me to see how F*CKING HILARIOUS I AM and in others I thought how odd it would be performing to someone who’s seen so far behind my mask. Would he even find it funny or just sit there knowing what I was hiding?”

Ellipsis explores grieving, authenticity, and being funny.

Mon 11 – Sat 23 Oct
7pm 
United Talents present
KANAN GILLIndian stand-up sensation Kanan Gill returns to London with a brand new show.

Having left his old career as a software engineer, Kanan Gill has risen to popularity as one of the finest stand-up comedians that India has to offer.

With stand up specials on Netflix & Amazon Prime Video, having toured all over the world including at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and been a judge on India’s first ever comedy reality TV show, Kanan’s return to Soho Theatre is not to be missed.

Mon 11 – Sat 23 Oct
7.15pm 
Country Miles Productions present
ONE-WOMAN SHOW
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LIZ KINGSMANSo unflinching you’ll be begging for a flinch.

Following sold-out VAULT Festival and Pleasance Theatre runs, Liz Kingsman – one third of smash hit comedy group Massive Dad (‘Properly hilarious’ ★★★★ Scotsman) – brings her debut one-woman odyssey to Soho Theatre. A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing.
As seen in TV’s Timewasters, Borderline, and Power Monkeys.
Trigger warning: contains blinding ambition.

Mon 1 – Sat 13 Nov
9.30pm 
Avalon presents
AHIR SHAH: DRESSFeaturing his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy.

Ahir’s last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show was about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that is less on the nose.

As seen on Mock The Week, Live At the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and The Mash Report.

Thu 18 – Sat 20 Nov
8.45pm 
Show and Tell presents
DRAG HIS ASS: WITH MARY BETH BARONEAmerican stand-up star Mary Beth Barone brings New York’s hottest comedy night slash fuckboy treatment program to London.  As recently adapted for Comedy Central, Drag His Ass is a show about fuckboys and dating culture.

The fuckboy has been wreaking havoc among beautiful people for enough time now. Join us as we celebrate the triumphs and the… teachable moments. Through stand-up, storytelling, very special guests and, of course, at least one fuckboy redemption.

Mary Beth Barone recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and co-hosts the Spotify Original podcast, Obsessed, with bestie, Benito Skinner. In 2020 she was named one of Time Out New York’s Women of the Year.

Wed 24 – Sat 27 Nov
7pm 
United Talent presents
ENISSA AMANI: LIVE IN LONDONAfter a hugely successful, sell-out debut, Enissa Amani makes her long awaited return to Soho Theatre.

Enissa is a multilingual stand-up comic, writer and actress. Born in Iran, she was raised by left-wing intellectual Iranian parents in Germany, where she studied Law and later pursued a passion for novel writing. She began stand-up comedy in 2014 and her television debut, a five-minute stand-up performance on a German late-night show, generated over five million views in its first days. Fluent in German, Farsi, English and French, Amani has been cited as the voice of a new German generation, with politics, the immigrant story and inclusion featuring heavily in her material.

Enissa began touring in 2015, winning the German Comedy Award for Best Newcomer that year, and her tours now sell out the biggest venues that Germany. In 2018, Amani became the first woman in Europe with a Netflix Original Comedy Special with the release of Ehrenwort. Doubling down on her success, Netflix released a second special from Amani only eight months later titled, Comedian Goals.

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Nov
9.30pm 
Glorious Management presents
NICK HELM: I THINK, YOU STINK!13 years ago on a dark and stormy night Minister of the Macabre Nick Helm wrote, staged and performed his magnum opus ‘I Think, You Stink!’ – a musical, B Movie, Drive In, Thrill Ride that plunged audiences to the very depths of madness.

Now, 13 years later, The Ungodly Helm will grab you by the scruff of the neck and drag you kicking and screaming on a journey to the very depths of Hell and back as he digs up the still rotting remains of his glorious Frankensteinian creation to resurrect it for one last gasp in this limited run of his devilish musical comedy spooktacular for your ghoulish delight.

Take your seat! Say your prayers!! And for the love of everything that’s holy and good in this world, TRY not to shit yourself!!!

PRESENTED IN HYPNO-VISION!!!
ENTER AT YOUR OWN PERIL!!!
NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!!

Mon 22 – Mon 29 Nov (incl. Sun)
6.15pm (+ 9.30pm Mon 29 Nov only) 

 

ZAKIR KHAN: LIVE

Following his two massively successful specials, Haq Se Single (2017) and Kaksha Gyarvi (2021), and selling over 100,000+ tickets around the world, Zakir Khan comes to Soho Theatre with his latest stand-up show.

With his ability to highlight the comic elements of everyday life, Zakir’s “uniquely Indian” style of comedy captures the emotions common to every Indian household.
Catch the Sakth Launda himself in the heart of London.

Performed in Hindi

Fri 26 – Sun 28 Nov
2.30pm 
Soho Theatre and OML present
ZAKIR KHAN: TATHASTUAs part of his run at Soho Theatre, Zakir Khan performs 3 special matinee performances of his new show Tasthastu.
Starting with a recap of behind-the-scenes moments from Khan’s life, Tathastu takes the audience on a ride from his early school days when he was just ‘little Zakir’, with a peek at the family Khan was born into, the characters he grew closest to and his young years bloated with aspirations of becoming a radio DJ. When the recap ends, things become even more real as Zakir shares some very personal learning on stage and tries to make sense of his journey to this point.
Packed with life stories, intimacy and family anecdotes, this is your chance to catch an honest, vulnerable and unedited version of the Sakht Launda live in London.

Performed in Hindi

Mon 22 Nov – Sat 11 Dec
7pm 
Show and Tell presents
MAE MARTINThe co-writer and BAFTA-nominated star of Channel 4 and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, and star of their own Netflix stand-up special, is on tour…

In their brand new stand-up hour, Mae Martin looks at the uphill battle of trying to do the right thing in a world that sometimes seems to have lost its moral compass. With their characteristically manic self-reflection, they bounce between vice and virtue, optimism and pessimism, the urge to be our best selves versus the urge to gleefully give in to our more base instincts. But it’s not all big questions – there’s also a lot about sloths, moose, hot dogs, love, and tree sap.

Along with their new Channel Four and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, Mae is a multi award winning stand-up, who’s also released two radio series for BBC Radio Four, and written the acclaimed book Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality.

Mon 29 Nov – Sat 11 Dec
8.45pm 
Soho Theatre presents
STRING V SPITTAA late night musical kids party, but for adults

It’s Story-time, kids. Now sit still and LISTEN:

When it comes to children’s entertainment, nobody does it better than Sylvester ‘Silly’ String. A charming classical virtuoso and topdog in the lucrative West London kids’ parties market, every kid within a 5 mile radius of the Kings Road wants Silly String and his Silly Songs…until Spitta comes along. SPITTA is a Grime-obsessed maverick from East London who’s shaken up the scene and quickly become the talk of the Kensington playgrounds.

Starring Kiell Smith-Bynoe (star of BBC’s Ghosts) and Ed MacArthur (Murder for Two), String V SPITTA is a musical comedy about two rival children’s entertainers, from opposite sides of the tracks, who will do anything to be number one. Think Amadeus meets Flight of the Conchords, with musical numbers directed by Dizzee Rascal.

This is one party you won’t want to miss.

Tue 30 Nov – Sat 11 Dec
7.30pm 
Soho Theatre in association with United Talent Agency presents
MEGAN STALTERMegan Stalter ‘sketch comedy’s newest star’ (New York Times) makes her much anticipated UK debut at Soho Theatre.

Originally from the Chicago comedy scene, Megan is known for her exquisite online character videos.

She is the breakout scene stealer on the hit HBO Max series Hacks and appears on Showtime’s Tooning Out The News

Mon 13 Dec – Sat 22 Jan
7.30pm 
Soho Theatre presents
LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT & JONNY WOO: NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL MUSICALSDubbed the “Ebony and Ivory of drag”, Olivier award-winning star of La Clique and La Soiree, Le Gateau Chocolat, and the Queen of London’s Alternative Drag scene, Jonny Woo, are ready to razzle dazzle with a brand new party. It’s everything you ever wanted for Christmas.

A melting pot of musical theatre karaoke, vaudeville, variety, sing-along, dress up madness, and signature assholery.

Hot on the heels of the sold-out hit A Night at the Musicals, Get dragged through a catalogue of their favourite musical hits, from Gypsy to Grease, Little Mermaid to The Sound of Music – no musical is safe.

Fabulous. Glamourous. And camp AF.

Grab your eggnog, pop on your stockings and join us for musical mayhem festivities.

Mon 13 Dec – Sat 8 Jan
8.45pm 
Soho Theatre presents
NATALIE PALAMIDES: LAIDThe creator of the global hit show NATE returns to Soho Theatre with her Edinburgh Comedy Award winning LAID.
A woman lays an egg every day and faces the decision: to raise it or eat it. A hilarious, surreal, melodrama of yolks, shells and funerals, Natalie Palamides’ LAID explores motherhood with absurd dilemmas, silly routines and surreal physical comedy.
First performed in 2017, we’re bringing LAID back to our stage. Don’t miss Natalie’s stunning, critically acclaimed debut – the show that laid the way for her follow-up NATE, as seen on Netflix.
WINNER: Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2017 – Best Newcomer
Mon 13 – Thu 23 Dec
7pm 
SHAPARAK KHORSANDI: IT WAS THE NINETIES!!!

The decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire… from Indie Discos to unflattering crop tops… a trip down memory lane to the decade where ‘kinky’ was nurse roleplay and whipped cream… how does the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame look now without snakebite and black tinted specs?

Tue 14 – Thu 30 Dec
9.15pm 
Soho Theatre presents
THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOWThe holiday season will be extra special this year, as the beloved comic genius Dina Martina will blanket London in yuletide merriment with THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW. Miss Martina (a.k.a. ‘The Second Lady of Entertainment’) will bring her famed holiday train wreck of a show to Soho Theatre for the first time since Martina began the tradition at Seattle’s Re-bar over twenty years ago.

In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to create your newest treasured holiday tradition. It is nearly impossible to adequately describe a Dina Martina show, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. What a Dina Martina show is, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment you will never forget.

Since 1989, DINA MARTINA has packed venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has performed six successful runs at Soho Theatre. Martina has shared the bill with acts such as Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, Justin Vivian Bond and Bridget Everett. She has received The Stranger Genius Award for Theater, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, a nomination for The Alpert Award for Theater, and two nominations for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show. She did not win those.

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