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London Clown Festival 2018

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LONDON Clown Festival is returning for its third year bringing the best of UK and International Clowning to the capital. Running from May 17 to June 3, 2018, it will see shows held in three venues in the capital – Mirth Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow, The Albany on Great Portland Street and Farrs School of Dancing in Dalston.

London Clown Festival, the first clown festival ever in London, was created in 2016. It champions the rise of contemporary clowning giving a performance platform to a plethora of talented national and international performers. These talented groups and individuals set about driving people in paroxysms of laughter with the mere twitch of an eyebrow. 2018 will be even more hilarious.

Bringing the festival within a few minutes’ walk of the night tube means extra fun, silliness and late-night cabarets to match the enjoyment of the day time programming.

Last year London Clown Festival booked four performers who went on to become Edinburgh 2017 Comedy Award winners and nominees and this year’s programme sees no less creativity and entertainment on display.

Highlights include Nina Conti (June 1 at 7pm at Mirth Marvel & Maud); Butt Kapinski (May 25 at 8.30pm at The Albany); Elf Lyons (June 2 at 7pm at Mirth Marvel & Maud); Tatterdemalion (May 31 at 7pm, June 2 at 4pm and June 3 at 6pm at Mirth Marvel & Maud); The Establishment (May 18 at 8.30pm at Farr’s School of Dancing and May 31 at 8.30pm at Mirth Marvel & Maud) as well as workshops and scratch nights.

Family suitable shows will be running during the Half Term break ensuring London Clown Festival really will offer something for everyone, sharing the joy, exhilaration and surprise of clowning with a wide breadth of audiences aged 0 – 99.

Lightheaded, whimsical, anarchic, dark and political performers all find a home again within the festival.

The London Clown Festival is a joint collaboration between:

Flabbergast Theatre Company; the creators of the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage – Boris & Sergey; puppetry’s Balkan bad boys, and the award-winning puppetry, physical comedy, and mime performance Tatterdemalion performed by Henry Maynard (Mimetic Festival Judges Award for Theatre Winner 2015 and Amused Moose Finalist).

The influence of Clowns is found everywhere once you know what to look for, and there is little chance that anyone who loves comedy with a physical edge doesn’t love some part of a clown performance, with performers as diverse as Tommy Cooper, Charlie Chaplin. Buster Keaton, Sasha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat), French and Saunders, Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) and Rik Mayall amongst many that use an often huge degree of clowning in their performances.

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