Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

Never satisfied when he has just one minute to spare (or those who work with him!), Mark Thomas has created yet another unique, thought-provoking, politically minded masterpiece which he brings to the Durham Gala on Saturday 31st March.

Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.


Jenin refugee camp, home to Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside two of its actors and aspiring comics, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada.  A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.


With sell-out shows, non-stop awards, the highest critical acclaim, his own TV and radio shows, numerous documentaries, published books,  Guinness World Records, influencing changes in the law, creating manifestos and exposing arms trade dealers, it’s no wonder that Mark is one of the UK’s most recognised performers and influential activists.


Marks’ book, Liar’s Quartet, is out via September Publishing. / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo



★★★★As ever Thomas is quick on his feet” THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★An hour of cathartic entertainment” THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★Politically astute and very well-informed…  thoughtful and intelligent… this is an interesting way of coming at a satirical show” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

★★★★Thomas proves to be an energetic and compelling raconteur which take the audience along with him” BROADWAYBABY

★★★★A supremely convincing sermon…he has fabulous” THE SKINNY

★★★★ “We're treated to the best kind of hilarious political rantings, underscored by some deeply moving memories” THE LIST

★★★★As brilliant as ever… an hour’s delightful, uproarious anarchy that left me feeling a lot more cheerful” SCOTS GAY

★★★★Had me cackling and laughing yet againTHE EDINBURGH REPORTER

His passion and the sense of communion he brings are compelling” CHORTLE




JANUARY                                VENUE                                                                         BOX OFFICE

Tues 30th                                  HOVE, Old Market                                                          01273 201 800

Weds 31st                                  COLCHESTER, Arts Centre                                              01206 500900



Thurs 1st                                   READING, South Street                                                  0118 960 6060

Sat 3rd                                       OXFORD, Old Fire Station                                              01865 263980

Mon 5th                                     GLASTONBURY, Red Brick                                              01458 899564

Tues 6th                                    EXETER, Phoenix                                                            01392 667080

Thurs 8th                                   NORWICH, Playhouse                                                    01603 598 598

Fri 9th                                        FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse                                           01303 760750

Mon 12th                                   BRISTOL, Old Vic                                                           0117 987 7877

Weds 14th-Sat 17th                     EDINBURGH, Traverse                                                   0131 228 1404

Weds 21st                                  CARDIFF, Sherman Theatre                                            029 2064 6900

Thurs 22nd                                 SWANSEA, Volcano Theatre                                           01792 464790

Fri 23rd                                      OXFORD, North Wall                                                      01865 319450

Mon 26th – Tues 27th                  NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside                                                0115 846 7777

Weds 28th-Sat 3rd March             BIRMINGHAM, MAC                                                       0121 446 3232



Tues 6th                                    BELFAST, MAC                                                               028 9023 5053

Thurs 8th – Sat 10th                    LIVERPOOL, Playhouse                                                  0151 709 4776

Tues 13th – Weds 14th                SALFORD, Lowry                                                           0843 208 6000

Thurs 15th –Sat 17th                   LEEDS, West Yorkshire Playhouse Courtyard Theatre       0113 213 7700

Weds 21st – Sat 24th                  GLASGOW, Tron                                                            0141 552 4267

Weds 28th                                 LANCASTER, Dukes                                                       01524 598500

Thurs 29th-Fri 30th                      SHEFFIELD, University of Sheffield Drama Studio             0114 2228888

Sat 31st                                     DURHAM, Gala Theatre                                                  0300 026 6600



Thurs 5th                                   CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian                                              01227 769075

Fri 6th                                        MILTON KEYNES, The Stables                                        01908 280800

Sat 7th                                       CAMBRIDGE, Junction                                                    01223 511 511

Tues 10th-Sat 14th                      LONDON, Theatre Royal Stratford East                           020 8534 0310

Mon 16th – Sat 21st                   


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