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Date
30/01/2018 - 21/04/2018
All Day


 
Lakin McCarthy in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East present
 
MARK THOMAS
Showtime From The Frontline
With Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada  |  Directed by Joe Douglas
Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.
Jenin refugee camp, home to Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside two of its actors and aspiring comics Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada.  A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.
With sell-out shows, non-stop awards, the highest critical acclaim, his own TV and radio shows, numerous documentaries, published books,  Guinness World Records, influencing changes in the law, creating manifestos and exposing arms trade dealers, it’s no wonder that Mark is one of the UK’s most recognised performers and influential activists.
Marks’ book, Liar’s Quartet, is out via September Publishing.
 
www.markthomasinfo.com / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo
 
PRESS ON A SHOW THAT GAMBLES ON THE FUTURE
★★★★ “As ever Thomas is quick on his feet” THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ “An hour of cathartic entertainment” THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★ “Politically astute and very well-informed…  thoughtful and intelligent… this is an interesting way of coming at a satirical show” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
★★★★ “Thomas proves to be an energetic and compelling raconteur which take the audience along with him” BROADWAYBABY
★★★★ ”A supremely convincing sermon…he has fabulous” THE SKINNY
★★★★ “We’re treated to the best kind of hilarious political rantings, underscored by some deeply moving memories” THE LIST
★★★★ “As brilliant as ever… an hour’s delightful, uproarious anarchy that left me feeling a lot more cheerful” SCOTS GAY
★★★★ “Had me cackling and laughing yet again” THE EDINBURGH REPORTER
His passion and the sense of communion he brings are compelling” CHORTLE
 
TOUR DATES
JANUARY                                VENUE                                                                         BOX OFFICE
Tues 30th                                   HOVE, Old Market                                                            01273 201 800
Weds 31st                                  COLCHESTER, Arts Centre                                              01206 500900
FEBRUARY
Thurs 1st                                   READING, South Street                                                   0118 960 6060
Sat 3rd                                      OXFORD, Old Fire Station                                                01865 263980
Mon 5th                                     GLASTONBURY, Red Brick                                            01458 899564
Tues 6th                                     EXETER, Phoenix                                                            01392 667080
Thurs 8th                                   NORWICH, Playhouse                                                     01603 598 598
Fri 9th                                        FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse                                           01303 760750
Mon 12th                                    BRISTOL, Old Vic                                                           0117 987 7877
Weds 14th-Sat 17th                    EDINBURGH, Traverse                                                  0131 228 1404
Weds 21st                                  CARDIFF, Sherman Theatre                                            029 2064 6900
Thurs 22nd                                 SWANSEA, Volcano Theatre                                          01792 464790
Fri 23rd                                      OXFORD, North Wall                                                      01865 319450
Mon 26th – Tues 27th                 NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside                                               0115 846 7777
Weds 28th-Sat 3rd March           BIRMINGHAM, MAC                                                      0121 446 3232
MARCH
Tues 6th                                      BELFAST, MAC                                                              028 9023 5053
Thurs 8th – Sat 10th                     LIVERPOOL, Playhouse                                              0151 709 4776
Tues 13th – Weds 14th                 SALFORD, Lowry                                                           0843 208 6000
Thurs 15th –Sat 17th                    LEEDS, West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatre                  0113 213 7700
Weds 21st – Sat 24th                   GLASGOW, Tron                                                            0141 552 4267
Weds 28th                                  LANCASTER, Dukes                                                        01524 598500
Thurs 29th-Fri 30th                      SHEFFIELD, University of Sheffield Drama Studio          0114 2228888
Sat 31st                                      DURHAM, Gala Theatre                                                  0300 026 6600
APRIL
Thurs 5th                                   CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian                                              01227 769075
Fri 6th                                        MILTON KEYNES, The Stables                                         01908 280800
Sat 7th                                       CAMBRIDGE, Junction                                                     01223 511 511
Tues 10th-Sat 14th                     LONDON, Theatre Royal Stratford East                           020 8534 0310
Mon 16th – Sat 21st