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Live comedy is about to return to Peterborough’s Cresset theatre – and boy are we ready for a laugh!

The Bretton venue is kicking off the bank holiday with two nights of guaranteed fun with the return of its socially distanced Comedy Club on Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29.

The Cresset Comedy Club has been entertaining audiences since 1998, and has welcomed some of the nation’s biggest comedians over the years – before they became household names. It’s a great opportunity to catch some of the best up and comers on the circuit.

As ever there’s a top quality line up of comics from comedy promoters Off The Kerb. Friday’s show features Simon Evans, Joanne McNally and Josh Jones, while Saturday’s line-up features the brilliant Rosie Jones, Angela Barnes and George Lewis.

ESP popped down for a catch up with Penny Hansen, Head of Commercial Activities at The Cresset who told us the return of comedy to the venue is a real milestone.

“I think for us it’s really significant. We all know what a difficult 14 months this has been, and to be welcoming our first audiences of the year feels like a huge step on the road to normality. The Cresset is a big old building, and it doesn’t feel right when it’s not full of people so I’m really looking forward to hearing the hubbub and laughter and applause as we get back to live entertainment again.”

There was good news for the venue recently when a bid for funding saw them receive a grant of £80,850 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which Penny says has been a vital boost during tough times.

“Well I can’t say it’s been easy, but yes I think we’re happy about how things are looking, and we’re luckier than some, so I’m grateful for that! Of course the Cresset’s not just a theatre, we’ve suffered in other areas too; conference & banqueting, weddings, the pub, all have had a really difficult year. But if we stay on track and are back to full capacity for the summer then I think we can be cautiously optimistic for the future.”

The Cresset has a strong reputation for comedy so is the return of the Comedy Club a sign that we’ll now have more laughs to look forward to?

“Absolutely – we’ve always prioritised comedy, as you know the Comedy Club has been running for over 20 years. And there are so many good acts in the diary for this year and next: Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Josh Widdicombe, Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, too many for me to list! We go on sale this week with Ed Gamble and I’ve got a big name lined up for next week too but I can’t mention that just yet. So yes I think that’s encouraging, that comics are planning tours and getting back on the road, and tickets are selling well so we’re happy that audiences are looking forward to it – I mean we all need a good laugh don’t we?!”

Indeed we do! So don’t miss out. You might just be lucky to get one of the last few tables left for each night for groups of 1-6 so just contact the box office on 01733 265705 or book online


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