A Season of Laughs Ahead at The Atkinson

A Season of Laughs Ahead at The Atkinson

The Atkinson once again brings you a line-up of impressive household comedy names for the Autumn season.

Gary Delaney is back on Saturday 24 September with  ‘There’s Something About Gary’… and that something is, he likes to write and perform jokes. An awful lot of them. He thinks a good joke should be like a drunken Glaswegian, short and punchy. Gary’s last tour was extended four times and took in over 240 dates. His next tour will once again showcase exactly why he is seen as the premier gagsmith of his generation. Tickets are £15.

“I laughed, and I laughed and I laughed… master craftsman”The Times

Ellie Taylor visits The Atkinson for the first time with her new, sold out Edinburgh show Infidelliety on Friday 28 October. Star of BBC 2’s Mock the Week, BBC 1’s The John Bishop Show, Radio 4’s The Now Show and C4’s 8 out of 10 Cats is back dealing with that pesky bit of marriage known as monogamy. Tickets are £12.

“Radiates natural charisma… blessed with great flair”The Guardian

We welcome back Mark Steel on Thursday 24 November when he’ll be talking poignantly about being adopted, and the remarkable things he discovered when searching for his biological parents, in Who Do I Think I Am?

Previously, Mark has written and presented Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has also written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.Tickets are priced at £15.

“He’s a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny”The Guardian

In addition to the headline shows The Atkinson also offers the best in up and coming comedy talent at our very own Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club where, on the first Saturday of every month from 8pm, the very best live stand-up comes to Southport – with each show consisting of 3 of the top comedians and one of the finest compares in the comedy business.

The new season of Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club nights take place on Saturday 3 September, Saturday 1 October, Saturday 5 November & Saturday 3 December. Tickets: £15 adv / £17.50 doors / £40 Season ticket / £10 parties of 10+ . Ages 16+ Please check the website for full details of the comedians.

Tmesis Theatre’s new production combines Tmesis’ trademark physicality with humour, music, and text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock.  The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? A poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success. Can we learn to be happy?  And can our emotions be bought and sold? The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so…

Happy Hour is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish and can be seen on Thursday 13 October at 7.30pm, tickets are £12 (£10 concessions / £8 schools)

Tmesis are producing all that’s good in the world of physical theatre” – The Stage

Join the all-star cast with Austentatious as they improvise a brand new Jane Austen work before your very eyes, based on a single audience suggestion. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, Austentatious is a Regency treat. Hold on to your bonnets: this hilarious show is not to be missed. (Swooning guaranteed.)

Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. No two shows are ever the same! Thursday 3 November, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12

“A joy to behold” ★★★★The Guardian

Tickets for all the shows are on sale now so get flexing your funny bone!

Tickets are available online at theatkinson.co.uk or by calling The Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333*. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.

To keep updated with the offers and new seasonal events and activities please visit theatkinson.co.uk and sign up to the e-newsletter.


For press images, interviews or further information please contact Emma Lloyd at Emma.Lloyd@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2129

*Please note our booking fee is £1 per ticket for all purchases made online or by phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales. There are times when our phone lines become very busy, you can purchase tickets for any of our shows online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Sat 3 September
Nick Doody, Joe Sutherland & Dan Nightingale
£15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket


Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary
Saturday 24 September


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Sat 1 October
Patrick Monahan, Adam Rowe & Jonny Awsum

£15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket
Tmesis Theatre
Happy Hour
Thursday 13 October
£12 (£10 concessions / £8 schools)


Ellie Taylor : Infidelliety
Friday 28 October


Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am
Thursday 24 November


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Sat 5 November
Tanya Lee Davis, Larry Dean & Jim Tavare
£15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Sat 3 December
Smug Roberts, Steve Gribbin & 1 Act To Be Confirmed
£15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket


Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and

a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office


About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.

Posted on 30 August 2016 under General news

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