Six top comedians will perform in the grounds of a South Derbyshire stately home over the next few months. As part of this year’s Live at Melbourne Hall series of events, Just The Tonic Comedy Club will be bringing laughter to the walled garden which dates back early 18th-century.
Following his stint in the Australian jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Seann Walsh will be performing on Friday, May 19. The Edinburgh Award nominee has starred in Netflix’s Flinch, Live At The Apollo, Tonight at The London Palladium, Celebrity Juice, and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
On Saturday, May 20, Milton Jones will be at the hall. A regular on Mock the Week (BBC2), Milton has also appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo (both BBC1).
Melbourne Hall will also welcome Mark Watson, on Sunday, May 21. An Edinburgh Festival Award Winner and Time Out Critic’s Choice, Mark’s recent TV credits include QI (BBC2) and Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island (Channel 4).
Tickets for the May gigs are on sale now, with prices from £27.50. You can visit the website here.
Opening up the summer proceedings will be Irish comedian, writer, actor, artist and poet Dylan Moran, who will be performing on Friday, July 7. He is best known for his observational comedy alongside the TV comedy series Black Books and the Simon Pegg movie, Shaun of the Dead.
American comedian Reginald D Hunter, who has been performing comedy in the UK for over 20 years, will be on stage on Saturday, July 8. His TV appearances have included Have I Got News For You? (BBC1) and two series of Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South & Songs of The Border (BBC2), documenting Reginald’s epic road trip through 150 years of American popular song.
Completing the line-up is Milo McCabe, the man behind Troy Hawke, who is known for his Greeters Guild appearances welcoming customers into High Street shops like TK Maxx and Primark. TV credits include ITV’S Benidorm, BBC3’s Live at the Electric and various hidden camera and talking heads projects on Channel 4 and 5.
Tickets for the July events start from £30.80 with weekend tickets available from £82.50.
In addition to the comedy gigs, Melbourne Hall will host BBC Radio 2: Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies on Friday, June 23, and Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems on Friday, September 1 – although both of these two events have already sold out.
Comedian Johnny Vegas opened his unique glamping experience, The Field of Dreams, at Melbourne Hall earlier this month. The first happy campers arrived on Good Friday, April 7 to stay on the campsite.
Guests can take up residence in restored and converted vehicles, including a military helicopter, a German fire truck, an American school bus, and a classic Citroen Camper. A Georgian-style country house, Melbourne Hall itself is Grade II-listed, while it has more than 20 features in its grounds which are listed as Grade I.
Benidorm star Vegas performed at Melbourne Hall as part of the inaugural series of Live at Melbourne Hall events in summer 2022. This gave him the idea of approaching Lord Kerr, the home’s owner, with the idea of moving Field of Dreams there. His old site near Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary series, titled Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping. The series followed the comedian, his assistant Bev and their team as they got the glamping site up and running.
The new additions to Field of Dreams for the 2023 summer season are a converted boat, named Mahala, and a Puma military helicopter, which previously saw service in Chile and Sierra Leone.
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