Monday, 02 August 2021

Kenton camps up its comedy cachet

CHANGE is afoot at the Kenton Theatre. Not only has it increased its number of bums on seats by 15 per cent over the past year, it’s also getting pretty daring with its programming, writes Lesley Potter.

In addition to last year’s The Vagina Monologues, which was a sell-out among the town’s female population (only three bedraggled male souls were spotted in the audience) a new programming team has focused on the shows which sell — and that seems to be mainly comedy.

In a bit of a departure from its normal programming, the Kenton is now offering punters the chance to see previews of four shows before they go off to this year’s Edinburgh Festival in August.

This “exclusive” collection of hour-long shows is aimed at theatregoers who would like to see something different and entertaining without having to travel all the way to Edinburgh.

The first preview show on June 26 is Neil Henry’s Impossible. A regular at many West End theatres, Neil performs his own unique style of magic, sprinkled with comedy and whimsy.

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