Nick Hall: The Assassination of Spencer Percival
Buxton Fringe 2017
The Old Clubhouse, 5.30pm, 8th July
A one-man comedy play about the life and death of a forgotten British leader.
‘I am murdered!’ 11th May 1812. The Prime Minister has just been killed by a mysterious stranger. Parliament is in uproar. There is anarchy in the UK. But who’s really behind this?
Spencer Percival has one claim to fame; he’s the only Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately no one’s ever heard of him. 205 years later, Nick Hall tells his story at the Buxton Fringe.
In this inventive and hilarious journey through history, Nick brings alive the world of the 19th century, while drawing parallels with the present. In this discordant age of Brexit, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, could we still learn something from the past?
"Side splittingly funny" ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
"Mad cap energy" ★★★★ British Comedy Guide
Nick Hall is a character comedian, stand-up and improviser. He has written and performed for BBC2, BBC3, ITV2, and BBC Radio 4. Nick is also a former Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons and has worked for a number of MPs, as well as other jobs in politics.
Nick took his debut solo character show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and also performed in Adam Riches’ play ‘Coach Coach’ at the Pleasance Theatre and Soho Theatre. He followed this up with his one-man Cold War thriller ‘Szgrabble!’ in 2016.
"Nick Hall puts a tremendous performance into Szgrabble, a one-man blur of a characters and mimes that parodies a Cold War spy drama and serves as an impressive showcase for his comic acting talents...a vibrant, skilled actor." Steve Bennet, Chortle
Nick Hall’s captivating style has marked him out as one to watch. Since 2013 he’s reached the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny, beaten the Gong at The Comedy Store, beaten the Blackout at Up the Creek, and won the New Act Night at the Comedy Café.
"Crackingly original" ★★★★ The List
"One not to miss" ★★★★ The Skinny
Venue: The Old Clubhouse, 3 Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN
Dates: 8th July 2017
Times: 5.30pm (1hr)
Further info and tickets: www.underthefringe.com/