Stand Up Stand Up


“Stand Up Stand Up” is a dark comedy, hilarious and heartbreaking in turns.

A struggling comedian (Chris Hannon) meets a bailiff (Andrew Westfield), sounds like the start of a gag, but heralds an unlikely alliance that leads them both on a life changing roller coaster of an adventure neither would have expected.

Chris Hannon is appearing as Colin the hapless comic. Chris says,

‘I’ve built a fantastic relationship with Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds over the last few years, writing the annual pantomime. It’s a truly stunning building with a warm, engaged audience who rightly love their local theatre. I’m so excited to return to Bury as an actor and have another chance to perform in that beautiful auditorium. Our play is essentially a buddy movie, a tale of two mis-matched loners. The play is brilliantly funny; but it is also real and human and heartfelt.’

Comedy and tragedy seem to be polar opposites that Cartwright has a flair for combining and he’s done it again with Stand Up, Stand Up. Alongside his stage work Chris is probably best known for playing Dad in Cbeebies incredibly popular Topsy and Tim.

Expect hilarious sequences in which passages from Shakespeare are interpreted in the styles of The Goon Show, Monty Python and Benny Hill.

It is as if Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away met with Live at the Apollo and spontaneously combusted.

Stand Up Stand Up visits the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds between Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th June. There will be an Audio Described Performance on Saturday 1 July at 3.00pm. Tickets: £8.50 –  £21.50. For more information visit

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