Preview Day: Hal Cruttenden, et al (Day Pass)

The Witham, Barnard Castle.

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Edinburgh preview shows from four of the top comedians heading to the Edinburgh Festival the following month. Tickets available individually or buy a discount priority day pass.


5.00pm - Hal Cruttenden

Perrier Newcomer Award nominated Hal Cruttenden (5pm/£8) is one of the top comedians working today, having appeared on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The John Bishop Show, The Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You.


6.30pm - Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

The Dead Ringers star will be presenting her much anticipated debut Edinburgh show prior to a UK tour. Ravens brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. Razor-sharp satire delivered with startling virtuosity.

"Consummate impressionist"...Times.


8.00pm - Howard Read: Big Howard Little Howard: Man and Boy

Big Howard Little Howard are the world's first and only Human/Cartoon double-act who have appeared on stage and screen all over the world including the Royal Variety Performance. They have received a Perrier Award nomination and won a Writer's Guild Award.  This is their brand new show - their first show for adults in 12 years together.

“Incredibly, achingly funny.”...The Daily Mail.

“Genius”...Radio Times.


9.30pm - Joseph Morpurgo: Work In Progress

Joseph Morpurgo is a comedian, writer and improviser. This show is Joseph's follow up to 2015’s multi-award winning 'Soothing Sounds For Baby' which was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, and was named the number one comedy show of 2015 by Time Out. He is a three-time Chortle Award winner (Award For Innovation; Breakthrough Act; and Comedian’s Comedian).


Morpurgo's broadcast credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Murder in Successville (BBC2) and The World of Simon Rich (Radio 4), and he has written and starred in shorts for BBC3 and Sky Arts. His Radio 4 series, Joseph Morpurgo’s Walking Tour, will air later this year.

"Staggeringly witty"...Three Weeks

"Hugely innovative"...Time Out

"An absolute revelation"...Fest.