Russell Howard Donates £5000 To Clapham Grand And Extends Run

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Russell Howard Donates £5000 To Clapham Grand And Extends Run

Postby Community Editor » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:29 am

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Russell Howard has extended his run of ‘work in progress’ dates at newly reopened The Clapham Grand to include two further dates: 4th October and 11th October after completing a run of 3 sold out shows, whilst kindly donating the £5k proceeds from 20th September’s show to the ‘Save The Grand’ campaign.

He also has a show confirmed on 27th September at the venue, making it a run of 6 shows.

The Save the Grand campaign has now raised over £62k, with all donations going to future proof one of the world’s oldest entertainment venues. In its 120th year, The Clapham Grand is partly relying on the campaign to remain open in these challenging times, post lockdown.

Following on from the success of the campaign, the venue has confirmed a number of upcoming shows, whilst also unveiling the reopening of its top balcony, which – until last week - had been closed for 15 years. The newly refurbished area increases the post-lockdown capacity of the venue by 100, taking it to 400 (these numbers are reduced from 1250 due to physical distancing). Refurbishing and opening the upper circle has given the venue an extra 100 tickets to sell with distancing.

Some of the brightest new stars and biggest names in comedy, drag and music are also set to take to the stage in the coming months, reflecting The Grand’s ongoing desire to showcase the very best in modern variety, comedy, music and entertainment. These shows are the building blocks to The Grand being able to reopen consistently and rebuilding its business model to secure a long-term future.

Russell Howard said of the announcement: “I’m really happy to be continuing my comedy journey out of lockdown at the iconic Clapham Grand. The shows I’ve done so far have been great, and it is a pleasure to be back indoors, performing to comedy fans in a venue that I love. It is an honour to be able to support the Save the Grand cause and do my bit to help save this iconic London venue.”

Clapham Grand manager Ally Wolf said of the upcoming shows: “We are incredibly proud to announce our first run of shows after lockdown, and in the process to reopen our upper circle, which has been closed to customers for 15 years!

“We can’t think of a better way of doing this than by welcoming Russell Howard for a further two nights in October. He’s been an incredible supporter of us - playing a huge part in ensuring our venue can remain trading in these uncertain times. After helping us raise £5k for Grand Aid - if anyone should be adding dates to the roster it is Russell!!”

Clapham Grand Upcoming Shows

23th and 24th Sept - Scummy Mummies

The Scummy Mummies will be welcomed back to the Clapham Grand at the end of September. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn return with an all new show – new songs, new jokes and new catsuits

25th Sept - Jimbo The Drag Clown ft. Rock M Sakura & Erika Klash

Clapham Grand welcomes a trio of drag superstars on 25th September: Jimbo The Drag Clown (Ru Paul’s Drag Race Canada), Rock M Sakura (Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 12) and drag monster Erika Klash (Dragula) for a night of all the chaos and comedy you’d expect when those three getting together

26th Sept - The Vivienne & Baga Chipz Show

Winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK The Vivienne and fan-favourite Baga Chipz are bringing their hilarious, outrageous double-act to The Clapham Grand

27th Sept - Russell Howard

Comedian Russell Howard returns with another of his work-in-progress shows offering the rare chance to see an arena-filling headline act in an intimate setting

28th & 29th Sept - Jimmy Carr
Clapham Grand welcomes the one and only Jimmy Carr, playing a run of intimate shows at the venue. Jimmy’s brand-new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. You’ve been warned

2th Oct - Louise Redknapp
In October Louise Redknapp performs at The Clapham Grand for one night only! She will perform all her greatest hits, Eternal classics and tracks from her latest album Heavy Love. This is will be an intimate evening of pop music not to be missed including an interview and interactive Q&A with Richie Anderson from BBC Radio 2. A rare chance to see a pop superstar in a fully physically distanced venue of 300 people, and globally live streamed to an audience around the world

3th Oct - Mean Girls ‘It’s Saturday 3rd October’ Special Screening!

It’s Saturday October Third! So how could Clapham Grand do anything other than welcome back movie-goers to see this fetch movie night.

4th Oct - Russell Howard

Comedian Russell Howard returns with another of his work-in-progress shows offering the rare chance to see an arena-filling headline act in an intimate setting

6th Oct - David Thomas Broughton

Renowned English avant-garde singer and performer David Thomas Broughton performs at the Clapham Grand on Oct 6th as the acclaimed London’s ‘Best Independent Music Promoters’ Baba Yaga’s Hut returns to indoor live concerts! Fresh from a wonderful Complete Guide to Insufficiency show at Bush Hall in November this show will encompass all of his albums and new material in the intimate all tabled & seated setting of The Clapham Grand

9th Oct - Tom Rosenthal: Manhood

The ever-hilarious Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs, Drunk History, Roast Battle) is coming to Clapham with a laugh-a-minute set that’s been described as ‘thoughtful’, ‘hilarious’ and ‘disturbing’ in equal measure

11th Oct - Russell Howard

Comedian Russell Howard returns with another of his work-in-progress shows offering the rare chance to see an arena-filling headline act in an intimate setting

13th & 14th Oct - Diane Chorley

On the eve of her debut album’s release, Diane Chorley comes to The Clapham Grand to perform ‘Greatest Hits, Vol. 1’. The first date flew out, with a second needing to be added on

15th Oct - Magical Bones: A Kind Of Magic
Following an acclaimed run of sell out live streams of A Kind Of Magic is back on the live stage, hosted by the internationally acclaimed Magical Bones. Direct from his jaw-dropping appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, Bones will be joined by some of the hottest names in contemporary magic and circus for a truly unique live entertainment experience

18th Oct - Circus Of Horrors

The new Circus of Horrors show Revamped & Rockin will be an immersive celebration of it’s astounding 25 years. It will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock’n’roll soundtrack, and a show that will have the audience sat on the edge of their seats - when not falling off it with laughter! The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World Wide Hit and will take the audience on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of Unbelievable, Bizarre & Beautiful acts. It is a circus like no other. Whether a Rock fan or theatre goer The Circus of Horrors has something for everyone.

21st Oct - Myra Dubois: It Came From Rotherham
The star of this season’s BGT, Myra DuBois, presents a spine-tingling evening of ghoulish delights with her creepy cabaret! Myra will try to present an evening of Halloween entertainment, but ghosts from her past will continue to haunt her throughout the evening! Will the other-side make contact? Can Myra’s Rose make sense of the spooky goings on, and what’s that slobbering shape lurking in the shadows? All will be revealed in “IT CAME FROM ROTHERHAM!”

22nd Oct - The Dualers

Two of south London’s favourites, Tyber & Pete, frontmen of much-loved ska & reggae outfit The Dualers perform at The Grand for one of their first physically distanced shows on 22nd October!

23rd Oct - Slav For You

London’s sensational Polish drag collective are back after three sell-out shows at East London powerhouse The Glory and BBC coverage across the summer, for their first-ever Clapham Grand takeover

31st Oct - The Rocky Horror Picture Show Quadruple Bill (3PM / 6PM / 9PM /12AM)

To celebrate Halloween, the Clapham Grand is hosting a spooky movie night – which will be fun-filled, costume-garbed and a night of fun and debauchery around one of the best movies ever made on the spookiest night of the year! Let’s do the Time Warp again, and again, and again…..AND AGAIN!

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Nov - Daniel Sloss: HUBRIS

The all-new, 11th solo show by Scotland’s international comedy star, hot on the heels of his ground-breaking, global smash-hit ‘Daniel Sloss: X’, comes to The Clapham Grand in November. With his incredible specials ‘DARK’ and ‘Jigsaw’ taking Netflix by storm, and a trail of Scottish box office records left in his wake, he’s one of comedy’s hottest acts right now

11th Nov - Crystal Methyd’s Wonderland

The inimitable Crystal Methyd (Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 12) will take the audience on a romp through the snow. Expect the unexpected from this uniquely crazy cookie queen and her special guests

For those that don’t get hold of tickets, the Clapham Grand will also be broadcasting many of the shows in a TV quality live stream. Although the Clapham Grand is excited to have an audience return to once again enjoy entertainment safely inside the venue, and to have reopened the top balcony to increase capacity, it will continue to broadcast to thousands of people around the world online too.

More information and tickets here -

Photo credit: Twitter @russellhoward
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