Melton Theatre unveils top comedy line-up for 2015 season

Basil Brush brings his Boom Boom to Melton in May EMN-141222-092509004
Basil Brush brings his Boom Boom to Melton in May EMN-141222-092509004
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Melton Theatre will once again be playing it for laughs next year after announcing more top level comedy acts in its new season.

The Asfordby Road venue has established a reputation in recent years for the quality of its comedy line-up.

Melton Theatre are hoping for another sell-out show when Henning Wehn returns EMN-141222-092531004

Melton Theatre are hoping for another sell-out show when Henning Wehn returns EMN-141222-092531004

And for 2015, the theatre has built on that with some returning favourites as well as fresh faces.

Self-proclaimed German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn returns on May 9 following his 2014 sell-out show, as does female impersonator Ceri Dupree who brings his 30th anniversary tour celebration to Melton (March 8) after packing out the house last April.

Melton Theatre co-ordinator Michael Harris said: “Henning was someone people requested to see again so why not give them what they want?

“When we were looking at booking Ceri last time, we weren’t sure how it would go, but the tickets flew out the door. Ceri has already sold out half the house for March.”

Ceri Dupree returns in March EMN-141222-092520004

Ceri Dupree returns in March EMN-141222-092520004

Famous name acts come courtesy of American grouch Rich Hall and satirist Jeremy Hardy.

Hall (February 19) is a familiar face on British TV screens, well-known for his deadpan style and acerbic observations, while Hardy (May 16) is best known for his prodigious work on Radio 4, but both men are also tireless tourists.

For something slightly different, the Reduced Shakespeare Company visit on February 22 fresh from a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with the Complete History of Comedy (Abridged).

February 15 will loom large on the calendar of up-and-coming stand-up Jon Pearson as he prepares for his big hometown gig.

The show, part of the Leicester Comedy Festival, will be a free ticketed event, with 130 already booked.

For younger tastes - and for a trip down memory lane for older audience members – entertainment veteran Basil Brush readies his best Boom Boom for his appearance on May 26.

The show follows hot on the heels of the hugely popular 2014 visit of Sooty.

Michael added: “The thing everyone is really keen to see in Melton is comedy and we want to give them the best we can. It’s good value.

“There are a lot of returning shows in the new season that we know people here really enjoy, but we also want to open up new performers and new comedians to them.”

* See next week’s Melton Times for more on the theatre’s new 2015 season.