Comedy in Bury

Coming up in May at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, a pair of shows guaranteed to tickle the funny bones.

Richard Herring returns to the stage for the second instalment in his once-a-decade examination of ageing, Oh Frig, I’m 50! which takes a hilariously brutal and honest look back at how his life has changed in the last decade (Wed 9 May).

Followed by Radio Active where original stars Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope will reunite to perform classic scripts from the award winning BBC Radio 4 show (Thu 10 May).

Richard Herring has created thirteen stand-up shows since 2004, performing them for eleven consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, usually with annual nationwide tours following, and he has been described by The British Theatre Guide as “one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy”. He is also recognised as a pioneer of comedy podcasting, initially with broadcaster Andrew Collins on The Collings and Herrin Podcast and more recently with high-profile comedians such as Simon Pegg, Russell Brand and Stephen Fry on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.

Radio Active was a radio comedy programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s which ran for seven series. Originally starting as a loosely framed series of unlinked sketches and songs, it later developed into more thematically focused episodes lampooning broadcasting genres and even sometimes a specific programme such as Ultra Quiz and Crimewatch. The new show will feature the original cast performing a pair of classic scripts in the style of a live radio recording.

Both shows run for one night only, Oh Frig, I’m 50! on Tue 9 May at 7.30pm and Radio Active on Wed 10 May at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org or visit the theatre in person.