Thursday, 15 December 2011

Comedian Mark Thomas to return to The Dukes

The Dukes 2012 comedy season begins in January with the welcome return of Mark Thomas and his new show, Manifesto.

After a sell out tour, three series on Radio 4, and a book, Manifesto is the show where the audience get to make the policies of the future as the awardwinning comic collects audience suggestions to make the world a better place, create heaven on earth, or just annoy the neighbours.

Ideas are then discussed and debated before the audience votes on the policy they feel best represents them, to create a manifesto.

Past policies voted for by audiences include: invade Jersey and shut down tax havens, there should be a gamble button on all ATM machines, and anyone found guilty of a homophobic hate crime should serve their entire sentence in drag.

Who knows what will emerge this time round?

Mark’s latest tour, which calls into the Lancaster theatre on 11th January, coincides with a new Radio 4 series of the Manifesto.

Mark was last at The Dukes back in April with Extreme Rambling, which toured to more than 40,000 people and was the first two-hour comedy show to be performed at Glastonbury. Mark was also the first comic to be nominated for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award for this show.

The Dukes spring 2012 comedy season also features Andi Osho with All the Single Ladies on 1st February; Stewart Lee’s Carpet Remnant World on 21st March 21, which has already sold out; Laurence Clark’s Health Hazard, 14th April; Henning When, No Surrender on 22nd April; and An Audience with Stuart Maconie on 4th May.

• Mark Thomas: Manifesto at The Dukes, Wednesday, 8.00pm 11th January. Tickets: £10. Box Office: 01524 598500 or online at Live comedy at The Dukes is recommended for anyone aged 16 plus.

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