Welcome to Hen & Chickens
The Hen & Chickens Theatre

The Hen & Chickens Theatre is a beautiful intimate venue with 54 individual raked seats in a black box end on space. It is upstairs in the cosy Victorian pub the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar on Highbury corner. The Box office and stairs to the theatre are straight ahead as you enter the bar.

This wonderful venue has been established for over 25years and has an excellent reputation. We welcome all kinds of shows at the Hen & Chickens, hosting new writing, comedy, classic theatre, rehearsed readings, scratch nights, musicals and two months of Edinburgh previews every year. Unrestricted View, the resident Production Company have been producing shows and programming visiting companies for the last fifteen years. Unrestricted View is run for and by actors, and we are committed to helping you have the most productive, fun, and inspiring time at our venue.

The shows at the Hen & Chickens are selected for their fun, relevance, humour, writing, quality of actors and directors, the promise of exciting companies, innovation, exploration of ideas, and enjoyment. We tend to veer towards light hearted productions, but as we have a gorgeous intimate black box space, what we really want to do, is our best to support producers/performers striving for excellence in their field.

The theatre is well known for friendliness, atmosphere, and good times.
We have an excellent relationship with the pub and many an evening we can find the performers celebrating their artistic successes with their audience in the warmth of the candlelit bar. The Hen & Chickens Bar is well stocked with fine wines and an extensive list of beers and specialised spirits. Freshly cooked bar food is available.

You can book for all our shows online (please see individual links. For any information regarding booking the theatre, or seeing any of our shows please call the office on 020 7704 2001 and leave a message.





Charlie O’Connor - Dandyisms (work in progress)
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21st & 23rd July 9.30pm £6.50
Charlie O’Connor - Dandyisms

Much like a comedian, only more hilarious, Charlie O’Connor promises laughter, confusion, merriment, and pungent hair envy in his sparkledragon of a show. Combining live music, live comedy, and live humans he weaves the strange and wonderful into his first ever hour of full blown Charlie humour. So hold onto your cravats. Charlie finds it hard to describe his style through such a mainstream medium like ‘words’ but nevertheless offers a few to capture his true essence: Good, nice, not racist.

To book tickets please click here. All tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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The Grandees
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21st July & 7.30pm. £6.50
Having returned from the Edinburgh festival with their smash hit show 'The The GrandeesWrong Side Of The Door', The Grandees have decide to set up camp at The Hen and Chickens with a twice monthly monday night slot. This is surreal character sketch comedy at its best.

Sublimely silly, brilliantly performed - THE TIMES

Perfectly executed comedy ***** EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

Leaves your stomach aching with laughter *****THREE WEEKS

Many productions make claims to being utterly crazy, but they have nothing on the Grandees...So wrong it's right *****BROADWAY BABY

There’s a touch of the tragic and lots of the comic and all of it dances gleefully on the edge of ridiculous without ever descending. *****ONE 4 REVIEW

The Grandeessteer us into an undeniably unique explosion of idiosyncratic bliss ***** WHATS PEEN SEEN

FUNNY WOMEN ****TIMEOUT****


Box office opens 30 minutes before the show. tickets must be picked up within 15 minutes.

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The Cambridge Footlights: Real Feelings
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22nd July 7.30pm £8.50
'The most renowned sketch troupe of them all' (Independent) has played host to plenty of British Comedy Greats: from Peter Cooke to Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie to Tim Key.

Now come see this year's most talented writers and performers deliver an hour of sharp, inventive comedy, with shows in London, Edinburgh and the USA.

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WitTank: Old School Secrets
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22nd July 9.30pm £6.50
WitTank: Old School Secrets

Sketch maestros WitTank invite you into the ostentatiously furnished corridors of The School; a splendidly twisted world, and an unsettling relic of Empire, where maniacal masters rub tweedy shoulders with sharp-tongued scoundrels, and mystery and misrule abound. Directed by Adam Brace. wittank.com

‘Beautiful narrative sketch comedy...Masterful.’ Sunday Times ‘Excellent. Inspired and resolutely daft.’ Independent ‘Ballsy, brash, and bonkers.’ Stage ‘a bracingly fresh approach to their art form… accomplished writers and performers... considerable individual talents’ Guardian

To book online click here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office. Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers. 

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FOUR SCREWS LOOSE – THE BIG SCREW UP
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23rd & 25th July 7.30pm £7.50
FOUR SCREWS LOOSE – THE BIG SCREW UP

Fresh from a smash hit run at the Adelaide Festival, The Screws return to Edinburgh with their fifth riotous show. Directed by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), this is a comedy show like no other, exploding with an unrivalled mix of comedy and music.

‘Simply brilliant’ **** (Comedy.co.uk). 'Rousing, fun, fast-paced ... invigorating’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Insanely talented’ ***** (FreshAir FM). ‘Impossible not to be impressed’ (Telegraph). ‘Leaves other comedy troupes sucking up their exhaust fumes’ **** (Herald).

Don't miss out on this year's biggest Screw Up!

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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Ed Gamble: Work in Progress
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24th July 9.30pm £6.50
Ed Gamble plods into town to plan what he is going to say in his debut Edinburgh show, with new jokes and stories in a certain order. He has been on Russell Howard's Good News (loads of people have, I know, but he wore a nice shirt for it if that helps), Dave's One Night Stand (his bit only went on the website but he did the gig so that must count for something) and supported Greg Davies on a national tour (they were particularly underwhelmed with him in Bristol.)

He is also in the stupid double act Peacock & Gamble (Chortle Award nominated, BBC Radio 4 Extra) but this show is just him (Gamble).

He would be grateful if you came.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Dan Jones: New Kid (Edinburgh Preview)
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24th July 7.30pm £5
Hilarious character com-oddity Dan Jones hammers his relentless debut into your eyes. His rabble of futile characters will make you laugh, cry, wince, recoil and donate as they try and make sense of their desperate lives. Socially awkward, uncomfortably imposing, unhinged character comedy from the least attractive member of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe hit; Don’t Drop The Egg.

Jones will explore his own sanity, social pressure, success and the self, through the eyes of fools, and the ears of you.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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ANDREW DOYLE: ZERO TOLERANCE (Edinburgh preview)
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25th July 9.30pm, 26th July 7.30pm £5
One of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there" (Independent), Andrew Doyle is back with a new show which explores how far we can push boundaries in an age in which intolerance is no longer tolerated.  Andrew's last solo show had a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later transferred to the Soho Theatre, London.

He has been described as "fantastic" by the Metro, "one of the best" by GQ Magazine, "effortlessly enjoyable" by Chortle, "one of the country's most exciting comedic talents" by Gay Times, and "not particularly funny" by Three Weeks.  

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ANNA MORRIS: Would Like to Thank...
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26th July 9.30pm £6.50
Acclaimed character comedian Anna Morris (BBC1’s Outnumbered) presents her first Edinburgh previews. Would Like to Thank.. is the follow-up to her smash-hit debut 2012 sell-out show Dolly Mixture (“A great debut…beautifully crafted” Independent). 



Four unique and diverse women compete to win a prestigious woman-of-the-year award - all decided by an audience vote, which will result in one of four dramatic endings.  Whoever YOU vote for, will affect the way the show ends, who wins, and how the LOSERS react… You have been warned..


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"Spot-on, darkly comic characters…She’s comedy gold" HUFFINGTON POST (top Edinburgh 2012 female character comic)
 

**** “terrific writing and an exceptional performance…fizzing with energy and bright ideas”  THE SKINNY

**** “a great and clever comedy performer... A brilliant show”   BROADWAY BABY

**** "a triumphant debut" SPOONFED

****  "original and absolutely hilarious”  EDFRINGE REVIEW

 
To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Ben Fairey is Floe-Joe (Edinburgh Preview)
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26th July 2.30pm £5
Floe-Joe is a washed up music producer from the US who longs for both the career and complexion of James Brown. Sadly, that success is yet to find him. Now he’s “resorting” to doing a show in Edinburgh armed with just his bedroom-made beats and a handful of crazy characters

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21 Things You Should Know About Toronto\'s Crack-Smoking Mayor
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26th July 2.30pm £5
He’s admitted smoking crack. He’s been drunk in public. He’s the mayor of Toronto and his supporters adore him. But when one woman’s passionate defence of the world’s most scandalous politician goes horribly (and hilariously) wrong, will her faith waver?

Toronto Fringe Festival favourites DeCo. (two-time winners of the Patrons' Pick award) bring their unique blend of comedy and drama to Edinburgh with the world premiere of this biting new play.

Performed by Rose Johnson (Absolutely Fabulous; Birthday Girls) and written by award-winning Canadian playwright Jason Hall (Third Floor in London’s West End; GBS in New York).

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Jasper Cromwell Jones: This is Not A Holiday
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27th July 7.30pm £6.50
A new character show from the TV warm up to The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week.

'For people who like their comedy funny' (Matt Lucas). As seen on Dave. The Scotsman's Top 21 Jokes of The Fringe 2013.

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ABSOLUTELY IMPROV-ABLE!
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27th July 9.30pm £8.50
ABSOLUTELY IMPROV-ABLE!

A brand new troupe of London’s finest up and coming actors and comedians bring their tour of improvisation shows to some of the city’s most vibrant fringe venues. Join this fast and energetic group for fun, games and a new story every show… all off the cuff!
 
All situations. Nothing is impossible; everything is absolutely IMPROV-able.
 
If You Like: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Mock The Week, Have I Go News For You? You’ll absolutely love ABSOLUTELY IMPROV-ABLE!

Cast: Ben Kavanagh, Jeff Carpenter, Robert Frimston, Lowri Amies, more tbc.

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The Perceptionists
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28th July 4.30pm, 4th Aug 7.30pm, 16th Aug 4.30pm, 17th, 18th & 24th Aug 7.30pm £7/5
Part of the Camden Fringe

Journey into the surreal & ludicrous world of The Perceptionists, through the eyes of the flagrant characters from Basil Fawlty sent by the job centre to work on a cookery show hosted by ghosts, a detective séance to Inspector Clouseau at a speed-dating. Hilarity ensues.

Tammy Stone - Musical Comedy Awards 2013 & Golden Jester 2012 finalist. **** Scotsgay, Edinburgh 2010.

Jonathan Hansler - 2 x finalist in Hackney Empire NATY Awards. **** Three Weeks (Teakshow)

Jo Ball - "Comical & Kinky. Fun evening out!" UK Theatre Network (Farce Ghost). "I laughed a lot" Stephen Fry (of sketch The Tea Party)

Yasser Kayani - contributor to TV show The Lock-In.

Director Chris Head. Contributing Writers Neil Benson & Malcolm Smith & Mark Pinshon


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Pen – a show that was written entirely by people with pens
By Sean Bennett, Garrie Grubb, and Liam Sullivan
28th - 31st July 6.00pm £7.50
Part of the Camden Fringe

Sean Bennett, Garrie Grubb, and Liam Sullivan
Pen – a show that was written entirely by people with pens
Three fully grown men stand on stage and tell jokes. Jokes that were written using pens. (Includes a short and probably inaccurate history of the pen!)

Featuring stand up from:
Sean Bennett ("Great joke writing" Russell Kane)

Garrie Grubb ("F**cking brilliant" Laughter Castle)

& Liam Sullivan ("A great storyteller" - LolComedyUK).


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A Sister For The Moon
By Old Grey Walrus Productions
28th - 31st July 7.30pm £8/7
Part of the Camden Fringe

A Sister For The Moon

In a cheap Texan motel Claire gets the drop on her stalker and proceeds to take her revenge but there are some fates for which no amount of blood will ever be enough...

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Gerardine Coyne's Party Pieces
By Gerardine Coyne
28th July - 1st Aug 9pm £7.00
Part of the Camden Fringe

Four eccentric characters. Four extraordinary gatherings. 'Party Pieces' is a love letter to all the socialites, social rejects and good time boys and girls who throw these extravaganzas. Why are they celebrating? What do they need to prove to the world? Because a party is never really about the guests, it’s a spotlight for the host. And after a drink or a disappointment, the painful truth usually comes out.

Gerardine’s character monologues are warm with a dark undertone – like Alan Bennett crossed with The League of Gentlemen. If you like clever comedy seasoned with silliness this show is one to see. Best New Sketch Act 2013 finalist. One half of The Aspidistras, ‘Fantastically funny’ **** (Big Issue) ‘Dark, dry, delightful' **** (3 Weeks)

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The Summertime Ferret
By Paul Wogan, Paul David Collins, Cate Mackenzie, Stu Turner
31st - 2nd Aug 10.30pm £7/5
Part of the Camden Fringe

The Comedy Ferrets bring a tasty buffet of stand-up, comedy magic, and sex advice!
This fabulous trio provides a fun hour of rip-roaring laughter along with audience participation, the much loved fig rolls, and a big bucket of love. What better way to end your night!
‘The venue literally sways with entertainment’ **** Three Weeks.

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Darker The Night by Eliza Power
By Sibling Productions
1st - 3rd Aug 6.00pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

The disappearance of 11 teenage girls has devastated the village of Eastdean. As a 12th girl vanishes, private detectives Rebecca and Gabriel discover a link to a religious cult, led by the charismatic Jacob Strang. As the two infiltrate the cult and Rebecca grows closer to Jacob, they uncover alarming truths about the real purpose of the movement.

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The Memoirs of President Obonjo
By Lafta Republic Comedy Club
1st, 2nd Aug 7.30, 3rd Aug 4.30pm £8
Part of the Camden Fringe

The President of Lafta Republic delivers his manifesto for a better Britain.
This is a show not to be missed, The President is a spectacle that should not be missed, you will be blown away by the energy level at this show. This is one President that delivers for a better Britain.

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Wastwater
By Braindead Theatre Company
2nd - 5th Aug £8/6
Part of the Camden Fringe

Wastwater shows a snapshot of two different couples connected by a dark, troubled past making choices that will define their future. Harry is on the point of leaving England. Frieda knows she will never see him again. Sian has a terrifying deal for Jonathan who is in too deep. She isn’t going to take no for an answer.

 A fascinating, moving and disturbing play. ***** FRINGE GURU [Fast Film Noir 2013]
'classy, slick production [which] provides one of the best nights of entertainment at the [Edinburgh]Fringe; Dare I say it, Braindead Theatre are a company I can see in national theatres one day.’ PLAYS INTERNATIONAL [Lysistrata 2012]
‘intelligent, provocative and a sustained joy.’‘A group of young, enthusiastic and very talented actors’ LIST


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Songs + Jokes + International Relations
By Dr. Chris Oates
3rd Aug 7.30, 9th August 4.30pm £5
Part of the Camden Fringe

Transatlantic comedy with chord progressions. Dr. Chris Oates croons an expansive look at America and Britain. You’ll get whiplash from the fast-paced wordplay and layered and obscure references. Taylor Swift, cricket, and Keynesian economics are littered throughout the stand-up, songs and audience contests of this lapsed PhD.

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An Innocent Man
By Stack10
5th & 6th Aug 6.00pm £8.50
Part of the Camden Fringe

An Innocent Man. Join Stack 10 Theatre Company in a radio studio in the 1950s for AN INNOCENT MAN.

When a secret agent is killed in London, businessman Richard McDonagh finds himself accused of murder and on the run with Scotland Yard in hot pursuit. Desperate to clear his name and evade capture he goes to the last place in the world anyone would think of looking...Scotland!

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Consequences
By Kinky Fish
5th - 9th Aug 7.30pm £10/8
Part of the Camden Fringe

Detectives investigating a recent disappearance make a discovery forcing them to re-evaluate the case of a teenage girl who went missing 20 years ago. Receiving 4 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2013, KinkyFish return to London to present this show which Broadway Baby says "deserves to be seen by a much wider audience, with stellar performances".

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Luke Stephen - Peace, Love and Not Understanding
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6th - 9th Aug 9.00pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

Luke Stephen - Peace, Love and Not Understanding

This is a stand up show that looks at the themes of turning 30 and realising you haven't completed any of the things in life you set out to achieve; whilst also messing up every relationship you've had through your own stupidity. Fearful of time slipping past with the misguided belief that God has a plan when it's not all quite working out for you.

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The Greene Card
By BrownSugah LLP
8th Aug 4.00pm and 10th Aug 4.00pm £8
Part of the Camden Fringe

From the gospel parlors of Florida to the racist salons of NYC, Sevan learns that it takes more than his West-obsession and a New Kids on the Block t-shirt to become a white American. Drawn from Sevan’s harrowing reality and featuring a band and ‘black-up’ singers, The Greene Card asks why it’s easier to survive war than to live as an immigrant.

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Nature's Nun
By Naomi Wilkinson
8th & 9th Aug 10.30pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

Nature’s Nun is a one woman show, and an intimate meeting.
Witness a woman’s love affair with nature and the body leading to a life of naturist dare-devildom as she attempts to escape the mundane; risk taking which leads deeper and darker into herself, meeting the Divine Feminine, and revealing more than mere flesh.
Spoken word and song. Age: 18+.

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Lucifer ex Machina
By Sevan K. Greene
9th Aug 2.30pm £5
Lucifer ex Machina
by Sevan K. Greene
directed by Ed Nash

Produced by Vertical Line Theatre & BrownSugah

For every 1000 years since his fall from grace, Lucifer has come to purgatory for a parole hearing of sorts. And for the last 3000 hearings he has been sent back to hell. But he’s found a loophole this time: A key witness who has been missing for two thousand years. Lucifer intends to prove his innocence even if it means the total destruction of Heaven. You think you know the story behind Lucifer’s fall? Family drama and Christian mythology come to a violent head in a play that explores how we define religious truth, familial obligation, and what the price of blind faith is.

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Improvements - Work in Progress
By Mark Smith
10th & 11th Aug 7.30pm £6
Part of the Camden Fringe

Following a sell-out debut Edinburgh show Mark Smith (Russell Howard's Good News, MTV2) has written a new hour of brilliant/decent/'fine' material (delete as appropriate). Join him as he ponders ways in which he can improve himself. There will be jokes and stories and a weird bit about yawning.

“Gleeful wordplay...Obvious talent" Chortle

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The Angina Monologue
By Huggin and Munnin Productions
10th & 11th Aug 9.00pm £8.50
Part of the Camden Fringe

Join bad patient Doug Devaney on a comic journey of bacon, booze and the BBC Breakfast sofa, picking up Barbara Windsor and a ukulele on the way. "It's funny and thought-provoking and I loved every minute of it" **** FringeGuru

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The Girl in the Blue Coat
By Notable Theatre
11th - 14th Aug 6.00pm, 15th Aug 4.30pm, 16th & 17th Aug 3.00pm
 Part of the Camden Fringe

Can taking one chance ruin your life? Or are you the master of your fate?

Against the backdrop of poverty and social injustice of 1840s England, young Abbie Pollin remains enchanted with life. She's confident she can shape her own destiny, and seizes her chance when her new blue coat unexpectedly leads her to a life-changing encounter. But there is potential for devastation. Somebody wants revenge on the girl in the blue coat, forcing her to question her loyalties and beliefs in the discovery of what truly matters.

This stylish Thomas Hardy musical adaption completed a three day sold-out run in London last year. Inspired by the music of Stephen Sondheim, this is a humorous and tender tale of suspense and hope that cannot be missed!

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Dead in the Water - A Musical Tragicomedy
By Balls in the Air Productions
12th- 16th Aug & 19th - 23rd Aug 7.30pm £10/8
Part of the Camden Fringe

The incredible true story of Operation Mincemeat, one of the most remarkable episodes in the Second World War is brought to life as a new musical.

In April 1943, the body of a British Major, washed up on a Spanish beach. Secret papers found on the body eventually led Hitler to divert defences from Sicily saving thousands of allied lives.

But the Major never really existed. The body was that of a destitute, homeless Welshman, Glyndwr Michael.

From this Tibbey and Sims weave a dark musical tragicomedy, with Glyn’s story told through fast paced dialogue, witty lyrics and haunting melodies.

Wickedly talented authors... Chicago Tribune
Tibbey and Sims have form when it comes to creating artful musicals... wittily entertaining! **** The Times

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Spoofing for Gordon
By KinkyFish
12th - 16th Aug 9.00pm £10/8
Part of the Camden Fringe

KinkyFish return with a darkly comic new drama from writer / collaborator Duncan Battman. Promises and loyalties are put to the test as a group of four friends meet to fulfill a decade-old pact, to be decided by a game of Spoof. Three coins. Two choices. All for one?

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The Erstwhile Existence of Burgis & Mann
By Burgis & Mann
15th, 16th & 17th Aug 6.00pm £8/7
Part of the Camden Fringe

Imagine the best thing that has ever happened to you. Welcome.

Come on in and experience the erstwhile existence of Burgis & Mann. Sketches, songs, silliness and donkey rides (50p a go).

Burgis & Mann: one hero, two bodies.

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Imogen
By Jessica Preston
15th Aug 10.30pm, 16th Aug 1.30pm, 17th Aug 4.30pm, 18th Aug 10.30pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

An amusing snapshot of a woman’s life, from childhood to old age. In this candid and life-affirming new one-woman show we follow Imogen on her life’s journey, through childhood aspirations, falling in love, becoming a mother and reaching old age. Performed with honesty and humour by Jessica Preston; a heart-warming and elegantly simple piece of theatre.

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Botheration
By The Bearded Women
17th, 22nd & 23rd Aug 9.00pm £7.50/6
Part of the Camden Fringe

Roll up, roll up! Marvel at the wonder of…The Bearded Women!
Feel like part of the sideshow at the circus of life? Not sure how to seem like a proper grownup? Dan Green, Steph Peart & Andrew West know just how you feel.

This show doesn't have all the answers, but does have jokes, stories & patchy stubble. Comedy for and by malfunctioning adults.

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Three
By Hers and Hers
18th - 21st Aug 9.00pm £7/6
 Part of the Camden Fringe

A study of the nature of love and what defines us a lovers. Is love kind, is love true or is love even real? Over one night, Kit, Tabby, Edmund and the mysterious Alice are pushed to the edge of their own destruction as the realities of life become realised. The pathways to their adulthood are questioned and at sunrise, none are quite the same.

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Too Far Right
By Parrot's Beak Theatre
19th - 21st Aug 6.00pm, 22nd & 23rd Aug 4.30pm £7/6
Part of the Camden Fringe

In response to the rapidly evolving, multi-cultural and multi-faith Britain, 'Too Far Right' raises one of the toughest debates woven into the fabric of our diverse society: how far can the right to freedom of speech extend before it becomes a threat to that society?

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Shadows
By Professional Help Productions
19th - 24th Aug 10.30pm £5
 Part of the Camden Fringe

A dramatic piece of new writing. Shadows, a one man show, asks questions of God, the universe, our politics, and explores the fears that can develop from not knowing what really is out there, behind the shadows, lurking in the dark... Designed by Andy Robinson, Shadows is ideal if you're looking for something a bit different at this years fringe.

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Foreseen
By Goblin Baby Theatre Co.
22nd - 24th Aug 6.00pm £8.50
 Part of the Camden Fringe

It's the end of the world as we know it!!!

Dark, comic & thought-provoking new short plays, imagining possible post-apocalyptic futures, based on our current world.

4-3-2-1... FORESEEN.

4 writers create original & topical short plays, portrayed by 3 actors, staged by 2 directors, for 1 hell of a show.

★★★★ "unusual and different" - Remotegoat


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The Scummy Mummies Show
By Ellie Gibson & Helen Thorn
23rd & 24th Aug 3.00pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

'The Scummy Mummies Show' is an hour of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Ellie and Helen cover a wide range of parenting topics, from biscuit-based bribery to farting and fish fingers. Based on the No.1 Kids and Family podcast, as recommended by The Telegraph and featured on Radio 4. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!

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PSHE Players Present: Big Issues
By
30th August 9.30pm £6.50
Hey kids! Enjoy theatre? Like education? LOVE Educational Theatre!

No? Well too bad it's compulsory. The PSHE Players are here to guide you through puberty! Walk in a boy and leave a man (or woman).

“A perfectly crafted piece that explains the ins and outs of growing up flawlessly” - Dan Gibbons, The PSHE Players

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The Monotonous Drum: The Minty Crimples
By
11th & 12th Sept 9.30pm £8.50
After a successful debut performance during Women in Theatre Festival, Etcetera Theatre, in March and an even bigger, even better run as part of Camden Fringe 2014; Sophie Porter, Paul Shears, Melody Ashman & co. - AKA The Minty Crimples - are bringing their unique, fierce, multi-media production, The Monotonous Drum, to Hen & Chickens Theatre this September.

Originally a poem, The Monotonous Drum is an urgent, spoken word, theatrical performance intercut with increasingly self aware film, exploring the overarching question: "when will we [women] be taken seriously?".

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Sean Hughes in Penguins
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16th September 7.30pm £11.50
Sean Hughes is back on tour  following a critically acclaimed   and audience packed run of his new  show ‘Penguins’ at The Edinburgh Fringe .Sean was awarded the Herald Angels Award for Best Comedy show.

This is a show so full of surprises, and hidden twists and recurring themes that you find yourself mapping it out hours later. Sean takes us back to his Dublin upbringing and the, at times, utter awkwardness of teenage life Weaving in his family, his school days and the business of friendship and tying it all in to the present. It’s brilliant and multi-layered –and it really is up there with his Perrier award winning show A One Night Stand. Why does society tell us how to behave and react? What does it have to do with Penguins? Buy a ticket and all will be revealed.

“For quick laughs look elsewhere, but for something that leaves more of an impression. Hughes is your man “   Chortle ****  August 2013

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Soggy Brass 2
By Velvet Trumpet
19th & 20th Sept 9.30pm £6.00
Two soaking wet nights of brand new comedy writing, showcasing some of the finest funny talent London theatre has to offer. Featuring Velvet Trumpet's latest production 'Thames Cop'. Let us touch your funny bones.

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STEPHEN FOSTER- EXCESS GAGGAGE
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21st September 9.30pm £8
Stephen Foster star of Sky1's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and 'My Big Fat Middle Class Street' is back with his brand new stand up show 'Excess Gaggage.' This show is jam packed with all Stephens new one liners, some fluffy, some filthy! Stephen has been described as 'Tim Vine meets Jimmy Carr in a refreshing format' in terms of his style. This year sees Stephen embark on his most ambitious project so far, a solo tour of the UK. If you like dead pan and one liners, this show is not to be missed!

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