Months of great stand-up gigs ahead at Crawley’s comedy hotspot

Julian Clary. Picture by Tony Briggs
Julian Clary. Picture by Tony Briggs

Crawley’s Hawth aims to build on its reputation for comedy over the coming months.

As spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor explains: “The Hawth has become a hotspot for comedy over the past few years, with big names becoming a regular feature in the Crawley theatre’s programme and up-and-coming comedians delighted to perform for audiences who really know their comedy.

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

“The spring season offers a line-up of big names and new acts that you really must see.

“Be sure to book early as Romesh Ranganathan’s Irrational has already sold out as did Jimmy Carr, until we secured a second date (June 21).

“On Saturday, February 13 (8pm), comedian, firebrand, sometime DJ and all-time vibe magnet John Robins comes to The Hawth Studio with his all new show, Speakeasy.

“The festival favourite returns after critically-acclaimed, sell-out shows in 2013 and 2014.

Stuart Goldsmith

Stuart Goldsmith

“John is best known as one half of The Elis James and John Robins Show on XFM and has also appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central (Comedy Central) and Alan Davis: As Yet untitled (Dave).

“Stuart Goldsmith is an Amused Moose Comedy Award 2015 nominee, multiple award-bridesmaid and host of the Comedian’s Comedian podcast, with more than 3.5 million downloads. He will be performing his show, An Hour, in The Hawth Studio on Tuesday, March 22, at 7.45pm.

“Omid Djalili is an award-winning stand-up and an acclaimed actor. Intelligent, sometimes provocative, always entertaining, his stand-up is an energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

“Omid heads to The Hawth on Friday, April 15, at 8pm, to get everyone’s weekend off to the best possible start.

“After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally happy now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors?

“In his 12th solo stand-up show, Happy Now, Richard examines whether we are, can ever hope to be, or are even meant to be, truly content.

“Is there any system that will guarantee us eternal bliss or should we just embrace the fact that life is a vale of tears and our only option is to laugh in its face? Come along to The Hawth Studio on Saturday, April 23 (8pm), to find out.

“Julian Clary, national trinket, author, TV and radio star is coming to Crawley once again with new show, The Joy of Mincing. It’s a celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian.

“There is so much to tell you; the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart-stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life...”

“This is Julian at his filthy best,” says Lorraine. “Live and unplugged.”

To purchase tickets for any of these shows call The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visit Alternatively, email

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