Jonny and the Baptists: Eat The Poor on the way to the Harlow Playhouse

Harlow Playhouse / Mon 13th Feb 2017 at 05:06pm


50-date UK tour for the hit musical comedy about inequality, friendship & revolution
MARCH – MAY 2017

Harlow Playhouse: Fri 24 March

Jonny and the Bap

A riotous and heartfelt musical comedy for our times, JONNY & THE BAPTISTS’ Edinburgh Fringe hit EAT THE POOR will tour the UK in March-April-May 2017. With over 50 dates, their biggest ever schedule reflects growing national audiences from acclaimed shows and appearances on Radio 4’s The Now Show and BBC Live at Television Centre.

Created through extensive research travelling across the country in early 2016, the show combines contemporary satire and inventive musical silliness with an epic personal story. Setting out to explore the gap between rich and poor, Jonny & the Baptists’ lives turn upside down when Jonny betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys the high life with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness and despair.

An toe-tapping comedy about inequality, homelessness and revolution in modern Britain, EAT THE POOR sees the multi-award-nominees continue to grow in scope and ambition – and even dabble in a small amount of actual economics. The show previews in Bristol before an opening week 7-11 March at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre and a national press night on 12 March at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre ahead of 51 shows UK-wide. (Full dates below.)

Nominated for five major awards (they’ve never won any), Jonny & the Baptists – real names Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers – have rapidly become one of the UK’s hottest live musical comedy acts. Winning rave national reviews for 2016 climate change comedy The End Is Nigh, they have also enjoyed regular broadcast work, major festival appearances, and once topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’. Alongside, Jonny has been nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for his hit one-man show Every Brilliant Thing on international tour, now an HBO special (broadcast over Christmas 2016).

Praise for Jonny & the Baptists in 2016:
**** ‘Wickedly amusing’ The Times
**** ‘Spirited comedy… broad, daft & punchy’ The Guardian
**** ‘Uproarious satire… a double act at the top of their game’ The Stage

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