Theatre & Comedy

This Month…

  • 1st Dec, 7:30 pm

    Comedy Sportz: Improv Mullet

    Monthly comedy from the team behind hit improv show ComedySportz.

    Why Improv Mullet? Because it's shortform in the front and longform in the back. In other words, the first half is quick-witted 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style gags and games and the second half is time for longer sketches, scenes and formats. Every show is different as the team make like McGuyver to craft comedy from whatever suggestions are thrown at them from the audience. Don't miss this all action, all improvised comedy show!

    "The team have certainly earned their title of North-West's top improvised comedy troupe" - North West End
    "...a non-stop stream of gags, sketches and general hilarity." Lancashire Evening Post
    "...skilled and funny with a remarkable ability to think on their feet." Three Weeks ****
    "...hilariously entertaining." Buxton Festival Fringe

    Think you might like to try your hand at Improv? The team also run regular workshops and courses right here at the Kings Arms. Visit www.comedysportz.co.uk to find out more about their upcoming shows and workshops.

    7.30pm (2hrs) £3 on the door or Free to anyone with a genuine mullet

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  • 1st Dec, 7:30 pm

    G&D - GOD AND SATAN VISIT SALFORD

    Writer and performer Andrew Yates teams up with Elizabeth Poole in his new darkly humorous two-hander G&D. Having worked together before in theatre, Andrew and Elizabeth are delighted to bring to you this unusual piece.

    Things are not quite right in the Firmament ... The earth is bleeding into the sea, Michael is most displeased, Satan is looking for trouble - and God is about to get a wake-up call!

    G&D ? Is it an exciting new cocktail - or something a bit more sinister? Or both? Come to The Vaults and find out!

    As writer and performer and creator of Tattyband production company Andrew Yates debuted his new musical Death of a Lily at The King’s Arms and this was well received. Andrew received warm reviews for his portrayal of Tom in Under The Dirt, which was performed at The Lowry as part of the Replay Festival. Andrew is currently performing in Joe O'Burn's superb play The Haunting of Blaine Manor.

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  • 3rd Dec, 7:30 pm

    It's A Wonderful Nige

    When three housemates decide to host Christmas day, nothing can prepare them for the trail of devastation caused when their oven breaks down on the eleventh hour.

    Losing hope, high functioning booze hounds Terry (Patrick Lynch) and Polly (Samantha Vaughan) drown their festive sorrows. It takes their housemate Oliver (Daniel Harland) to find a solution, making the brave decision of asking their neighbour, a man named Nigel, for help.

    What follows is a tale of boiling passion, intense jealously and gross misuse of passion-fruit flavoured hand cream.

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Nige’ is the debut play from Patrick Lynch and is a Christmas disaster like no other.

    This play will make you think twice about who you spend your Christmas with. It may also decrease Neighbourhood Watch meetings in the UK.

    Be warned. These Christmas tarts may just drag you down with them...

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  • 4th Dec, 7:30 pm

    McClanerella

    The Upper St. Crumpsley Players, a genuine real life “professional” amateur acting troupe are back with a bang with what they believe will be this year’s hottest pantomime. This Christmas, Jim McGellan, critically acclaimed writer and director, is determined to bring you the most accurate, life-like and thrilling stage adaptation the world has ever seen. There will be explosions. There will be air-vents. There will be terrorists with dubious european accents. This can only mean one thing. Come one, come all to-

    There will be no “Die Hard: The Pantomime”. Jim McGellan has been warned. The Pantomime Misappropriation Guild will not allow him to put on his travesty of a show. So come one, come all indeed, but you will be watching “McClanerella - A Proper Cinderella Pantomime”.

    One man. One pantomime about Die Hard. One terrorist organisation trying to ruin his day.

    But hey, the show must go on.

    Will the terrorists get caught? Will everyone survive to the final bow? Will Jim’s parents approve? Find out in McClanerella.

    Previous praise of Maverick Charles Productions:
    North West End - 4* - “fun, witty and confident”

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  • 12th Dec, 7:30 pm

    Eggs The Play Fundraiser: Women's Showcase

    Come down and celebrate the incredibly talented women of Manchester. We have a night of new writing, stand up comedy, music, spoken word and much more.

    All profits from the ticket sales will go to help raise funds for ‘Eggs the play’ with an all-female cast, the play had a successful run earlier this year at 53two during international women’s day. Eggs is a dark comedy based on friendship, fertility, and freaking out. The play delves into issues around gender identity, roles and societal pressures. The play explores the world we live in and the effects that society has on women today.

    ‘Eggs’ had a hugely positive response and we have been lucky to have been given a week run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. To make this possible we need to raise funds for the hire of the venue and other costs.

    We would like to thank all the very talented women who are giving up their time to take part in the showcase and we would love for you to come and support them in the same way they have supported us.

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  • 14th Dec, 8:00 pm

    THE BROKEN BANSHEE CABARET

    What if you watch a cabaret in Frank Morgan's club, The Ace of Spades?

    THE BROKEN BANSHEE CABARET

    Paradise Heights most infamous villain, Frank Morgan, is bringing a unique night to The Kings Arms, Salford, all set in his club The Ace of Spades - THE BROKEN BANSHEE CABARET will be a night of live music, burlesque, comedy, film, spoken word and all with a Dark Christmas edge...shot through with that unique Tales from Paradise Heights flavour. It's a night you're not going to want to miss, and it's going to sell out fast.

    Live Music from The Hurtful Taunts, Comedy from Johnny Giro, Burlesque from Anne Addiction & Harlow Kitty, spoken word from Neil Bell, Joe O'Byrne, other acts to be announced. A night of live music, comedy, film, burlesque, drama, tragedy, murder, mayhem and marmite.

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  • 15th Dec, 7:30 pm

    I'm Frank Morgan: RewiRED

    Joe O'Byrne has ruthlessly torn apart his first tale, the tale that launched the critically acclaimed series of plays and films, Tales from Paradise Heights back in 1999. Along with making it very much a play for today, there is also a new ferocity. Urban horror story meets modern gothic fairy tale. If you've only seen I'm Frank Morgan before 2018, you've never seen I'm Frank Morgan.

    Frank's a hard man in a dirty old town. Loan shark, poker player, owner of The Ace of Spades Club in Paradise Heights. He's taken on some of the hardest that have ever drew breath, they've all ended up broken...or buried. Tonight he takes on a tour of his domain. But the mask is slipping, this is a man haunted by his own demons, the further we go with him, the darker the territory becomes.

    ​And waiting in the dark is his toughest opponent of all...

    'I'd forgotten what a roaring demon Morgan actually is. With nightmare gothic flourishes worth of Ramsey Campbell or Robert Aichman. Morgan is both Richard III and MacBeth. It's an astonishing piece and a tour-de-force performance from O'Byrne...it's a hell of a show. Literally.' Steve Balshaw, Grimmfest

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  • 16th Dec, 1:45 pm

    Scripts Aloud - Panto!

    ue to popular demand the ADP Panto is back! From the director and writer that brought you Pandomonium last year, this year we have a new take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
    Children welcome and encouraged! (We also have a matinee on Sunday at 2pm)
    There will be singing... there will be dancing... there will be general merriment. Oh no there wont...Oh yes there will...

    All performances are script-in-hand.
    Doors open - 1.45 pm
    Performance starts - 2 pm

    For more info and other event dates: www.manchesteradp.com

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Book Online: All events that can be booked online have a ticket link. Find the events via the What’s On page, and follow the booking link.

Buy Tickets In Person: If the show isn’t sold out, you can buy tickets in cash at the venue from 30 minutes before the show. Cash payments only.

We would like to give a warm welcome to the award winning Rising Moon Productions who are now programming all theatre and comedy upstairs. They are seeking shows for upcoming seasons, so if you are a theatre company, comedian, sketch group, promoter, producer, poet, artist, contortionist, magician, mentalist or dance troupe and you’d like to put on a performance at The Kings Arms, we want to hear from you!

Email us here, tell us about yourself and your project and whether you would just like to hire the space or would like us to produce your script and we can help.