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May 2012

Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Every month there’s a new problem.

Last month’s newsletter suffered from me not having any observations, this month’s suffers from me not being able to put them into words.

I’m left speechless by, no, not Bayern losing on penalties, but the at least nine months delay to the opening of Willy-Brandt-Flughafen in Berlin, leaving the capital of Germany, Europe and the World without an adequate airport.

Rumour has it that the delay’s been orchestrated by Berliners who are not prepared to put up with any more dull foreign tourists going on about how cool and cheap their city is.

Or, far more worryingly, maybe Germany is trying to blend in with its neighbours by being every little bit as useless as all other European countries. This theory would also explain Saturday’s game.

So it turns out me sending this newsletter three weeks late is almost premature by the standards of the new Germany.

It’s all very embarrassing, particularly when you consider what random capitals do ‘boast’ functioning airports.

Vienna for example! Flughafen Wien is fully operational, yet the Austrian government, just to rub it in,even had the nerve to announce they are not going to attend Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine. Apparently as aprotest against Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment.

What business have they got at the Euros anyway? Their team didn’t qualify and has never ever done so! They might as well say they’ll boycott the meetings of the G8, the G20 or the G208.

But whatever you make of the Austrian government’s stand, it’s nowhere near as mental as French right-winger Marine Le Pen threatening French voters with her election goal of returning to her people “the happiness of being French.”

The French strike me as many a thing, but ‘happy’ isn’t one of them. They have been happy in their history only twice – once when the Vichy government was installed and the other when the Croque Monsieur was invented.

Talking of Vichy: I always get easy laughs accusing British media of being obsessed with World War II and unfairly reducing Germany to the time from 1933 to 1945. But I got that badly wrong, as I’ve just been interviewed for a very progressive programme for BBC4.

About British Army bases in Germany AFTER the war!

Admittedly, I was in no position to answer most of the questions, i.e. what life was like on those bases. That’s like asking a Cuban about everyday life in Guantanamo Bay. Yes, I know the location but there were 15 fences between me and the NAAFI store.

Did you know there are still more than 20,000 British soldiers stationed in Germany? But they will finally leave in 2020 and that’s not a minute too soon!

Several abandoned bases, i.e. Weeze, Hahn and Zweibruecken, have already successfully been turned into Ryanair airports and seeing how badly we’re doing when it comes to building new airports, making good use of derelict British ones is currently Germany’s best hope of aviation success.

That’s it for now – have a great month!

Henning

PS: If you’re surprised not to read more about the Champions League final, well, I don’t know what to make of it – all Germans I know are full of Schadenfreude about Bayern losing, yet all Brits hated to see Chelsea winning.

Anyway, that’s all best discussed over a pint and a burger at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. Why not come along on May 29/30?
Then you can also catch the first previews of my new show Henning Knows Bestest. (What a seamless link!!)

Tickets for all shows on www.henningwehn.de


December 2018

12 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
13 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS 
14 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
15 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT


February 2019

6 – EXETER – Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
7 – EXETER – Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
8 – SWINDON – Wyvern Theatre –TICKETS
9 – SWINDON – Wyvern Theatre –TICKETS
14 – ALDERSHOT – Princes Hall – TICKETS
15 – LEICESTER – De Montfort Hall – TICKETS
16 – BROMLEY – Churchill Theatre – SOLD OUT
17 – BRIGHTON – Dome – TICKETS
20 – WHITLEY BAY – Playhouse – TICKETS
21 – WHITLEY BAY – Playhouse – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 20 Feb
22 – HARROGATE – Royal Hall – SOLD OUT
23 – SHEFFIELD – Octagon – TICKETS


March 2019

1 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS – Extra date 16 November
2 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange – TICKETS – Extra date 23 November
3 – EPSOM – Playhouse – TICKETS
7 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS
8 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS – Added date
9 – BUXTON – Opera House – TICKETS
22 – STEVENAGE – Concert Hall – TICKETS
23 – CREWE – Lyceum – TICKETS
29 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT – Extra dates 11 & 12 October – TICKETS
30 – WREXHAM – William Aston Hall – TICKETS
31 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – SOLD OUT – Extra date 13 October –  TICKETS


April 2019

5 – PORT TALBOT – Prince’s Royal Theatre – TICKETS
6 – CARDIFF – St David’s Hall – TICKETS
7 – SOUTHAMPTON – The Mayflower Theatre – TICKETS
12 – SALISBURY – City Hall – TICKETS
13 – TORQUAY – Babbacombe Theatre – TICKETS
14 – CHELTENHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS


May 2019

2 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
3 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
4 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
10 – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre Butterworth Hall – TICKETS
11 – CHESTERFIELD – The Winding Wheel – TICKETS
12 – LICHFIELD – Garrick Theatre – SOLD OUT
16 – CHATHAM – Central Theatre – TICKETS
17 – MARGATE – Winter Gardens – TICKETS
18 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – TICKETS
23 – YEOVIL – Westlands – TICKETS
24 – BARNSTAPLE – Queens Theatre – TICKETS
25 – WESTON-SUPER-MARE – Playhouse – TICKETS
26 – BRISTOL – Old Vic – TICKETS
30 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – TICKETS
31 – GUILDFORD – G Live – TICKETS


June 2019

1 – READING – Hexagon – TICKETS
6 – WORTHING – Pavilion – TICKETS
7 – SHANKLIN – Shanklin Theatre – TICKETS
8 – BOURNEMOUTH – Pavilion – TICKETS
15 – ST HELIER – Jersey Opera House – TICKETS


July 2019

27 – YORK – The Barbican – TICKETS
28 – MACCLESFIELD – Gawsworth Hall – TICKETS


August 2019

1 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
2 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
3 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
4 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
8 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
9 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
10 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
11 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
15 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
16 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
17 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
18 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
22 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
23 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
24 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
25 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS


September 2019

26 – REDHILL – The Harlequin – TICKETS
27 – WATFORD – Collosseum – TICKETS
28 – NORTHAMPTON – Derngate – TICKETS


October 2019

3 – CHELMSFORD – Civic Theatre – TICKETS SOON
4 – IPSWICH – Regent Theatre – TICKETS
5 – NORWICH– Theatre Royal – TICKETS
6 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS SOON
10 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS– Assembly Hall – TICKETS
11 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
12 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
13 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – TICKETS
18 – GLASGOW – Pavilion Theatre – TICKETS
19 – DUNFERMLINE – Alhambra Theatre – TICKETS SOON
20 – NEWCASTLE upon TYNE – Theatre Royal – TICKETS
25 – PORTSMOUTH – Guildhall – TICKETS
26 – LONDON – PALLADIUM – TICKETS – On Sale 10am Fri 14 December


November 2019

7 – DONCASTER – Cast – TICKETS SOON
8 – KENDAL – Leisure Centre – TICKETS
9 – CARLISLE – The Sands – TICKETS
14 – DUNSTABLE – Grove Theatre – TICKETS
15 – HIGH WYCOMBE – Wycombe Swan – TICKETS
16 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS SOON
22 – COLCHESTER – Charter Hall – TICKETS
23 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange – TICKETS SOON
29 – DORKING – Dorking Halls – TICKETS SOON
30 – CRAWLEY – The Hawth – TICKETS


December 2019

5 – BRADFORD – St Georges Hall – TICKETS
6 – MIDDLESBROUGH – Town Hall – TICKETS
8 – SCARBOROUGH – Spa Hall – TICKETS SOON


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