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‘Touching, uplifting and very funny.’
★★★★ Evening Standard
‘A comical and musical triumph.’
A critical and word-of-mouth hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Arthur Smith now premieres his acclaimed new show in London.
Just as Degas felt compelled to revisit his ballet dancers and David Attenborough his gorillas, so Arthur Smith has turned again to Leonard Cohen.
It is 14 years since Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, a melodicomic extravaganza which he performed with Ronnie Golden. It ran in Edinburgh, the West End, at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival and was recorded for BBC Radio 4. It is still a favourite repeat on R4 Extra.
In this entirely new show Smith’s reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death are marinated in Cohen’s music; his rendition of the songs is hugely enhanced by the fabulous Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day and by the show’s director/ script adviser, Kevin Day.
Arthur Smith has been a comedian since the early 80s and has also written stage plays such as An Evening with Gary Lineker and The Live Bed Show, both of which transferred to the West End. His autobiography, My Name Is Daphne Fairfax, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Arthur is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, appears in the series Grumpy Old Men and the One Show and tours the country with his stand up. In 2008 he won the Edinburgh Festival Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Contains adult content. For ages 18+ only
Running time: Approx 60 minutes
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QUO VADIS PRE SHOW DINING
If you are coming along to a 7.30pm performance you can enjoy an excellent pre-theatre dinner at Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street. They have a delicious pre show menu at 5.30pm, or a post show menu at 9pm: £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses. Book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.
‘This is a triumph of mordant and madcap wit alike.’ ★★★★ Times
‘Sophisticated and satisfying.’ Chortle
‘‘Touching, uplifting and very funny.’
★★★★ Evening Standard
‘Thoroughly entertaining.’ ★★★★ 3 Weeks
‘Smith ruminates on love, family, ageing, death and the poetic ability of Spock from Star Trek…. magical.’ The Big Issue
‘A delight of a show.’ ★★★★ List
‘Get tickets fast.’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘The Smithereens , Smith’s sensational troupe of backing singers, [are] … Ethereal, playful and beguiling.’ ★★★★ FEST
‘Arthur Smith’s your man … a comic sage.’ ★★★★★ Mail On Sunday
‘A revelatory blend of dark, poignant music and dark, poignant comedy.’ ★★★★ Fest
‘There are Edinburgh Fringe legends and then there is Arthur Smith.’
★★★★★ Beyond the Joke
★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ Independent on Sunday
★★★★ Financial Times