Previews

Aamer Rahman
Pretty spoilt for choice at the Soho Theatre this week. As well as Stewart Lee doing yet more work-in-progress shows, there are two very different shows opening on Tuesday. I haven't seen Tom... more
rachel parris
Previews are a chance for performers to try things out that may not make the final cut. They should not put pressure on performers. That’s why critics do not tend to be invited. Rachel Parris is... more
Mark Watson
Mark Watson is either an Edinburgh Festival legend or an obsessive nutjob. Or maybe both. He is famous for his marathon shows lasting more than a day that have pushed his stand-up stamina to the... more
Bridget Christie
As Edinburgh previews go, this one is pretty unmissable. To draw a topical analogy it’s a bit like Spain playing a pre-World Cup friendly, but with more laughs. Christie won the Foster’s Comedy Award... more
pete firman
It is surely only a matter of time before the bulging Edinburgh Fringe programme boasts a special section for all the magicians appearing there. And when it does pride of place should go to Pete... more
Laurence Owen
The Edinburgh 2014 Fringe brochure thudded on my doormat this morning, left a dent in my flooring and woke the cat two doors down. It’s that big. To mark the occasion Beyond The Joke is launching it’... more
Die Roten Punkte
Mark Thomas has spent much of the last year winding people up with his provocative 100 Acts of Minor Dissent project. It was a hugely ambitious concept that he didn’t know if he would complete – in... more
Michael Che
It’s a good week for thinking persons’ comedy at the Soho Theatre. From Tuesday to Sunday there is an opportunity to see the hotly-tipped Michael Che. The laid back New Yorker comes trailing a string... more
Abandoman
I’ve seen Abandoman loads of times over the years. At the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, in a tent in Greenwich, at the Altitude Festival and elsewhere and they have never failed to be... more
Andrew Maxwell
Dubliner Andrew Maxwell has lived in London for 20 years and to mark the occasion he has decided to do a tour of his adopted city. It’s not a big tour, running to just three more dates over the next... more

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