Trial By Laughter

Tue 29 January - Sat 2 February

Trial By Laughter

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After the sell-out success of ‘The Wipers Times’ in the West End and across the country, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again joined forces and taken inspiration from real life events for their new play ‘Trial by Laughter’, based on their critically acclaimed original BBC Radio 4 drama of the same name.

In 1817 bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the lustful monarchy. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. In 2018, satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech and ask if just over two hundred years later our press has any greater freedom.


‘A sparky historical comedy’

Daily Mail

‘A celebration of dissent’

Daily Telegraph