New Acts of The Year 2016

Top of the Bill Showcase

Arthur Smith hosts New Variety's comedy bill with the next wave of acts to watch out for in 2016   

2:30 PM | Sunday 31 January

Leicester Square Theatre

Ludgershall Comedy Club

Legendary Rural Comedy

Introducing the best acts from the live circuit to one of the warmest audiences in Comedy. Hosted by Roland Muldoon. Limited shows, presented during the spring and autumn seasons.

Boroughs United:#enoughisenough

Young London's Liveliest Talent Showcase!

5:30pm | Sunday 14 February

Hackney Empire Theatre

New Variety Lives begins a new partnership with The Comedy School to produce the annual NATYS search for the next New Variety Bill of live comedic arts

We've been working together for many years and share the aims to promote and encourage New Variety Comedy talent and increase public support for the grass-roots live comedy circuit.

The Comedy School is the only arts organisation of its kind in the country, working with comedy in many different settings, and is committed to enhancing the lives of local communities and developing responsive projects, using the arts as a vehicle for making learning interactive and fun.

This new collaboration will bring significant benefits to both the NATYS and Comedy School:  bringing together over 150 years of combined knowledge and experience, new opportunities to engage with and develop emerging talent, increase capacity to outreach and attract a much wider audience.

The Passion Project is an initiative that addresses youth unemployment, using its content, platform and network to generate positive outcomes by unlocking an individual’s potential and supporting that development through a network of sustainable commercial and social partnerships. For more information:


By Popular Demand!

Following the  success of the Jeremy Corbyn Night, that played to a capacity audience at London's Kentish Town Forum, an array of headline entertainers have signed up to appear on New Variety bills in theatres nationwide in support of Jeremy Corbyn

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Taking on the Empire

How we saved the Hackney Empire for popular theatre

by Roland Muldoon

From the day the almost forgotten Edwardian music hall re opened in 1986, the Hackney Empire became a legend in its time.