May 16th, 2011


May 2011


Dear Friends of German Comedy,
It’s unbelievable. There I was all diligent to get the monthly bulletin back in tune with the calendar but discipline went immediately out the window and I’m now two weeks behind again already. Monday 16th indeed! (This line would have had a lot more punch with last Friday’s date but the bulletin wasn’t written then. Once again a perfect proof that timing really is the secret of comedy.)

My, admittedly made-up, excuse for the late mail-out is I was busy stashing away my Royal Wedding memorabilia; mugs, plates, horseshoes, action figures of Prince Philip in a Fiat Uno…you name it, the Daily Mail advertised it.

In excess of one million people lined the streets of good old London Town to see extravagant people drive non-competitively from A to B to C and then back to A. The Silverstone Grand Prix it was not.

(The next time we hear of a million-strong assembly in Pyongyang singing the Dear Leader a birthday song we should not immediately discard it as a forced propaganda exercise – they might be there voluntarily, too. Does anyone know if there is a North Korean version of the After Eight to be had on very special occasions?)

More than two billion people worldwide watched the wedding on TV, proving there’s nothing on TV everywhere. But it’s tremendous to see how the Royal family and the idea of British nobility can still emotionalise the world and generate an interest in these shores.

In its recent history Germany only had one such momentous occasion; the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. And I don’t think this hype can ever be replicated, not even if we were with great fanfare starting to rebuild the wall. Mind you, it’s definitely worth a try.

Despite all the positive press the Royal family generates for Britain, the tourism industry will find it difficult to capitalize from it.

London might just have seen the opening of the spectacular St Pancras Renaissance Hotel but as every touring performer, sales person and lady of the night will tell you there’s a lot of false advertising when it comes to accommodation.

Talk about staycation all you like but as long as ‘Royal’ in hotel names is most of the time a euphemism for ‘hasn’t seen a lick of paint or a new mattress since Victorian times’; Britian is not the first class holiday destination its beautiful countryside should make it.

Just last week I stayed at the grandly named Kensington Hotel in Rhyl. Sounds posh but let me assure you there was very little about the ‘hotel’ that reminded me of King’s Road. For instance I very much doubt stopping to serve breakfast at 7am is very Kensington-like.

Considering how happily McDonald’s sue any old burger van that uses anything vaguely similar to their logo, it’s surprising that hotels can give themselves the most extravagant names without anyone pulling them up on it.

The government should introduce legislation that hotels and B&Bs that don’t live up to their splendid names must carry the suffix ‘-dump’.

That’s it for now – let’s not discuss the Eurovision Song Contest. It was just as disappointing as it was 12 months ago. Why does everyone garble along in Pidgin English rather than their own language? Pathetic!

The only thing that made this year’s contest even worse than last year’s was the added confusion of the Eurovision Song Contest being won by a non-European country. You would think being part of Europe is the most basic stipulation for entering the competition?!

But what do I know……well, what I DO know is that there’s an extra Edinburgh preview at the Betsey Trotwood TOMORROW,
Tuesday 17th, for which there are still a few tickets available. (what a seamless link!!)

Have a great month and the next bulletin will be with you June 1st (or thereabouts)

Henning



February 2018

12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
14 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
19 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
20 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT

March 2018

5 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
6 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
14 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
19 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
20 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
21 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
22 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT

April 2018

09 – BATH – Widcombe Social Club – TICKETS – Work In Progress
10 – BATH – Widcombe Social Club – TICKETS – Work In Progress
12 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
13 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
14 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
18 – BEVERLEY – East Riding Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
19 – POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
20 – POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
21 – BEVERLEY – East Riding Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress
29 – TRING – The Court Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
30 – TRING – The Court Theatre – TICKETS – Work In Progress

May 2018

1 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
2 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
7 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
8 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
11 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
12 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – SOLD OUT- Work In Progress
13 – LAUNCESTON – Town Hall – SOLD OUT – Work in Progress
14 – LAUNCESTON – Town Hall –TICKETS – Work In Progress
17 – DARTMOUTH – The Flavel – TICKETS – Work In Progress
18 – FALMOUTH – The Poly – TICKETS  – Work In Progress
19 – PENZANCE – The Acorn – TICKETS – Work In Progress
29 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
30 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
31 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS

June 2018

2 – HAYWARDS HEATH – Clair Hall – TICKETS – Work in Progress
7 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
8 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
9 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
11 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS

July 2018

24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
25 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
26 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS

August 2018

3-27 EDINBURGH – Venue TBC – TICKETS SOON

September 2018

20 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
21 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
22 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
27 – BRIDPORT – Electric Palace – TICKETS
28 – WIMBORNE – Tivoli Theatre – SOLD OUT
29 – WIMBORNE – Tivoli Theatre – TICKETS

October 2018

4 – LOUGHBOROUGH – Town Hall – TICKETS
6 – GUILDFORD – G Live – TICKETS
11 – BEDFORD – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
12 – LEEDS – City Varieties – TICKETS SOON
13 – LEEDS – City Varieties – TICKETS SOON
18 – CHESTER – Story House – TICKETS
19 – SALFORD – Lowry Lyric Theatre – TICKETS
25 – KINGS LYNN – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
26 – PETERBOROUGH – The Cresset – TICKETS
27 – LINCOLN – The Engine Shed – TICKETS

November 2018

8 – WORTHING – Pavilion – TICKETS SOON
9 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – TICKETS
10 – SOUTHEND – Cliff’s Pavilion – TICKETS
15 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – TICKETS
16 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS SOON
17 – READING – Hexagon – TICKETS
21 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
22 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
23 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
24 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
28 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
29 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
30 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS

December 2018

1 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
5 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
6 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
7 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
8 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
12 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
13 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS 
14 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
15 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS 

 

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