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Rural Comedy

By Popular Demand!

NVL's starting new Comedy nights at Chinnor Village Hall and the Poacher's Pocket in Chilton.  Following the success of Ludgershall Comedy Club, these new rural comedy shows will present more top variety bills from the Comedy circuit. 

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.
New Acts of The Year 2015

After 6 weeks and 144 auditionees, 15 new acts line-up for New Variety's Top-of-the-Bill Show, at the Bloomsbury Theatre, on Sunday 25 January

Click here to find out who's on the Bill


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.

…Why? Because he relishes the task of viewing this year’s crop of new acts, bubbling away on the comedy circuit, and he’s been doing it one way or another since 1983; an involvement with the ‘live’ world of comedic performance he believes proves the genre’s survival as a unique club phenomenon and one that can still challenge the bland world of TV and packaged comedy shows that proliferates the airwaves.


Muldoon and his New Variety compatriots will audition a variety of over a hundred acts and select fourteen to appear on the NATYS New Variety Bill at the Bloomsbury Theatre, on Sunday 25 January 2015.

He adds, ‘the acts that interest the NATYS are those who shine on the stage and thrive in front of a real audience on the live comedy circuit. Over the years we have seen a generation of acts, quite a few who have become household names, but it’s the experience of live performance that contributes to the vitality and variety of club comedy and it’s vital to keep the stages open to new talent, without which all would be lost… and, that’s the happy task I face…’ He’ll see you there. Read more about the NATYS


Doing It Again!

NATYS Spotlight Nights


Roland Muldoon is doing it all over again. He’ll be introducing, for the 
umpteenth time, the New Acts of the Year auditions this autumn, in a
series of Spotlight Nights, at east London’s Rich Mix Arts Centre….