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What’s coming up at “one of London’s best-kept secrets”?

At last! January is finally over, so why not explore the upcoming season of comedy, theatre and live events taking place in Ally Pally Theatre?

From sports to 80s dancing, romance to mental health, LGBT+ life in 2022 to spirituality, a wide variety of topics will be covered by performers, actors, comedians, journalists, dancers – and even a vicar.

They have plenty in store to inspire and entertain you this year in what Sky News calls “one of London’s most spectacular settings” – their lovely Victorian Theatre, restored to full glory after 80 long years of closure.

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama with Bob Odenkirk

Join Emmy-winning writer and Golden Globe-nominated actor, comedian, and director Bob Odenkirk as he recounts the twists and turns of his comedy career live on stage at Alexandra Palace.

Celebrating the publication of his new book Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama, Bob will share the highs and lows of his experiences in showbiz.

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you…

Featuring humorous tangents, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive and humour, don’t miss the opportunity to spend an entertaining evening with the beloved star and comic maverick.

All tickets £35 and include a copy of the book.

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur

Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the Bombe Shuffleur.

Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there’s no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it.

“STAND-UP COMEDY’S COOLEST CUSTOMER” Telegraph

Rainbow Nation Charity Gala 2022: Acceptance

Rainbox Nation’s fun, exciting, uplifting and thought-provoking variety show is heading to Alexandra Palace.

Reflective of LGBT+ life in 2022, the performance will give the charity’s members an opportunity to not just show off all of their hard work, but to express themselves creatively and be free. It’s a celebration and a journey.

This year’s theme, acceptance, feels like a powerful and necessary choice: acceptance of who we are, who we love, our struggles and our accomplishments. Expect to laugh, to cry, to scream and want to get up and join in. You’ll be left feeling inspired, enlightened and slightly aroused.

An Evening with Reverend Richard Coles

Reverend Richard Coles is the only British vicar to have had a number-one hit single and to have appeared as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. He is also a Sunday Times bestselling author, Twitter phenomenon, much loved broadcaster, and now – as he retires as the 59th vicar of Finedon – Richard becomes a novelist with the first book in his eagerly anticipated Canon Clement mystery series.

Join him for this limited run of live events, as he celebrates the publication of Murder Before Evensong which sees the sleepy parish of Champton descend into unexpected chaos. In his hybrid life as vicar and media personality, Richard has many friends, and tonight, he will be in conversation with one of them to talk about Canon Clement, his new fictional sleuth.

He’ll also be unpicking his own unlikely journey, with all its unexpected junctions, heartache, and joys, that have led Richard to be voted Britain’s Most Whimsical Vicar. Sex, drugs, pop stardom, religious epiphany – a path to “the best job in the world”, hatching, matching and dispatching, his own experience of the madness of grief – this is the story of a life truly and truthfully lived.

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