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ESP Magazine’s resident comedy columnist Sarah Slack reports back on her experience of attending The Cresset’s first live comedy gig of 2021…

Whilst many of our readers may have used the recent sunny bank holiday weekend to relax with a drink in the garden or do some spring cleaning, ESP’s comedy columnist Sarah was kindly invited to attend The Cresset’s first comedy club of 2021, and we are glad to report that the night was an overwhelming success.

From the temperature checks on entry to the amazing drinks system which allowed your favourite tipple to be delivered straight to your table, it appears every small detail had been considered by The Cresset to ensure all those who attended had a fantastic time whilst also adhering to social distancing guidelines.

We were really impressed with how the event was run, as throughout the show attendees were looked after by the venue’s very courteous and polite staff whilst audience members were encouraged to visit the bathroom if required during the performance so that there was no chance of an influx of visitors during intermission.

With so many events now available to bring back to theatres, it was fantastic to see comedy being given a chance to come back to the Cresset and with tickets selling out on both nights, it would appear that Peterborough is very happy to welcome the comedy club back to the city’s nightlife scene too.

Prior to March 2020, the Cresset comedy club had been a staple within the venue’s programming after beginning back in 1998 and had gathered a reputation for bringing some of the UK’s biggest comedians to the city before they became household names.

On the Saturday we attended, it was rising stars Rosie Jones and Angela Barnes who topped the bill and had no issues whatsoever with filling the reduced capacity auditorium with the much-missed sounds of laughter that you can only get at a live comedy performance.

With their reputation for amazing bookings secured and now with the excellent safety procedures put in place, we would have absolutely no hesitation about attending again, and for those who are interested, the Cresset’s next comedy offerings include Jimmy Carr’s latest tour ‘Terribly Funny’ performing in June, Russell Howard’s comeback touring show ‘Respite’ in July, and David Baddiel’s critically acclaimed ‘Trolls: Not the Dolls’ show performing in September.

For more information and to book your tickets, please visit or call the Cresset’s box office on 01733 265705.


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