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It Is March For Mirth As Theatre Welcomes Two Stand-up Stars
It will be double the fun for comedy lovers in Lichfield this month when two top stand-up performers grace the city's theatre during the course of March.

Comedians Mark Thomas and Arthur Smith are to perform at the Lichfield Garrick in two stand-up specials within just a week of each other.

Edinburgh Fringe Award winner Mark Thomas kicks off the comedy specials with his brand new show, Trespass, on Saturday 19 March.

Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas brings his new comedy show to Lichfield on March 19


In case audiences didn't get chance to see it, Trespass carries on from where Mark's previous show entitled 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off.

He promises to deliver his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, activism, a dash of journalism and a dollop of mayhem.

For example, Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930s were here now what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?

Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith brings his brand of stand-up to the Garrick a week later


Alternative comedian and writer Arthur Smith will then take to the Garrick theatre's main stage on Friday 25 March with his new show, At Your Service.

The star of TV shows such as Grumpy OId Men, Ql and Have I Got News For You, Arthur has been described as one of the UK's funniest and most original comic performers.

He is set to bring audiences a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal, as well as readings from his memoir, My Name Is Daphne Fairfax.

Mark Thomas flyer
The flyer for Mark Thomas's new tour


Tickets for Mark Thomas are priced 16 (or 14 students), while tickets for Arthur Smith are 17. Call the box office on 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

In addition to Mark and Arthur, comedy lovers will also enjoy Lichfield Garrick's monthly Comedy 42 series, which features some of the best and up and coming comics from across the country. The next show is set to take place in the theatre's Studio on Friday 18 March and includes Jon Pearson, Christian Reilly and headliner Nicky Doody.

Arthur Smith flyer
Comedian Arthur Smith sets out his new tour


Arthur Smith future tour dates

March 4-5 Headliners Chiswick, George lV, Chiswick, London 020 8994 462
March 11 Comedy Night, Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, Bushey 01923 243947
March 12 Grand Opera House, York 0844 871 7677
March 13 (supporting Charlotte Church) Fairfield Halls & Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 020 8688 9291
March 25 Lichfield Garrick Theatre 01543 412121
March 26 Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne 01202 887247
April 3-10 Bath Comedy Festival - Widcombe Social Club, Bath ‪01225 463362‬
April 17 Subscription Rooms, Stroud 01453 760900

Lichfield Garrick
Plenty of fun in store at Lichfield Garrick


Mark Thomas future tour dates

March 9 Key Theatre, Peterborough 01733 207239
March 10 The Lowry, Salford Quays 08432 086010
March 11-12 Playhouse, Norwich 01603 598598
March 15 Memorial Hall, Sheffield 01142 789789
March 16 The Dukes, Lancaster 01524 598500
March 17 Unity Works, Wakefield 01924 831114
March 18 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 02476 524524
March 19 Garrick Theatre, Lichfield 01543 412121

April 16 Witham Arts Centre, Barnard Castle 0844 884 2920
April 19-20 North Wall Arts, Oxford 01865 319450
April 21 Northern Stage, Newcastle 0191 230 5151
April 22 Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool 0151 709 4776
April 23 Discovery Centre, Winchester 01962 873603
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Why? Double The Fun As Two Stand-up Stars Come To Lichfield
When: March 19 and 26, 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 16 for Mark Thomas, 17 for Arthur Smith
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