'GHOSTS' Gets the BBC One Greenlight!

Shane Allen has announced today that 'Ghosts' has been commissioned as part of the new BBC One comedy slate. 

Ghosts is a multi-character sitcom created by the lead cast of writer-performers from the award winning Horrible Histories and Yonderland, and the feature film Bill.

Bridging horror and comedy, with an irreverent tone this troupe have made their own, Ghosts is the first BBC One project for the central sextet of Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.

The team begin filming in September. More information here

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Alasdair Beckett-King Makes Soho Theatre Debut

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Winner, Alasdair Beckett-King, makes his Soho Theatre Debut on Sat 28 April, with his critically acclaimed hour 'The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries'.

Alasdair first debuted his show at The Pleasance in Edinburgh summer 2017, before recording it at The Bill Murray, for NextUp. 

Tickets for his Soho debut HERE

"Incorporated into an elegantly crafted script, this immaculately performed hour is a copper-bottomed, copper-topped enchanter of an introductory show." ★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman

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Lateef Lovejoy Joins HDM

Multi talented actor, stand up comedian and creator, Lateef Lovejoy, has signed to HDM. Lateef was selected as the new face of the ITV Hub and was the official commercial mascot for major energy brand U Switch, playing the role of 'Coach'. 

Lateef is one of the most distinctive acts on both the black, mainstream and International Comedy circuits and has been an International headliner in countries such as the US, Belgium,  Nigeria, Jersey,  Sweden, Norway, and South Africa 

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HDM Sign Up More Talent!

We are pleased to announce Alistair Barrie and George Zach have joined HD Management.

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Alistair Barrie is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit. He has performed in over 40 countries, is a regular at London’s world-famous Comedy Store and a core member of their weekly topical ‘Cutting Edge’ team.

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Greek comedian George has firmly established himself in the UK and Australian comedy circuits, has performed in various countries such as Spain, The Netherlands, Greece, Germany and Hong Kong and has supported Luisa Omielan and Sophie Willan on their UK tours.

Leo Wins Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017!

Leo Kearse has Won Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017. 

The final took place in Glasgow at the Rotunda Comedy Club and was compered by Love Island voiceover star Iain Stirling.

Leo now gets the opportunity to perform a five-week stint at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Finalists in the competition will also appear in a showcase of Scottish comedy talent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Leo was runner-up in 2016 and also the 2015 UK Pun Champion. 

"He churns out the gags, provoking a steady stream of laughs in his tight set, which strides purposefully between topics with muscular, efficient lines on each. A story involving a sun lounger is a wince-inducingly strong bit of descriptive slapstick, and felt like a closing routine… although he topped it with an observational chunk about buying train tickets online – not the most inspired of premises, but a textbook example of execution. Kearse was both an audience and judges’ favourite, and the deserved winner." - Steve Bennett, Chortle

Iain Stirling Presents the Winners trophy to Leo Kearse

TWO HDM Acts Through To Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final!

Alasdair Beckett-King and Harriet Braine have both made it through to the Grand Final of the Amused Moose Comedy Award.

Both acts have debut shows at this years' Fringe and have had an exceptional run, with their shows selling out everyday since they began. They have both made several live appearances at the BBC Tent and Harriet has been interviewed by Radio 6 Music, the Janice Forsyth Show as well as Jonathan Ross on The Arts Show BBC Radio2.

The Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final takes place Sunday 20th August, the Space, Symposium Hall at 1:10pm

Hannah Pauley Joins Dundee Rep

Hannah Pauley will be joining Dundee Rep's prestigious Graduate Actor Scheme beginning with August: Osage County (Tues 29 Aug – Sat 16 Sept). 

The new apprentices secured their places after a rigorous audition process and are the latest graduates to earn a unique opportunity to kick start their career where they will time learning their craft at the award-winning theatre. Dundee Rep’s Graduate Actor Scheme is a yearlong placement giving drama school graduates a fantastic opportunity to work in a fast-paced professional environment. 

Festivals Calling for Alasdair

Following his Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 Win, Alasdair Beckett-King will be appearing at Glastonbury Festival on the 23rd and 24th June in the Comedy tent performing two, 30 minute sets, and then Latitude from the 14th to 16th July.

Alasdair's Fringe Debut 'Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries' debuts at the Pleasance THIS, 2nd August.

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Chris Jarman Joins Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman in Fiddler on the Roof

Chris Jarman will play Lazar Wolf opposite  Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman in Fiddler on the Roof at Chichester in July.  Emma Kingston (In the Heights) will play Hodel and Liza Sadovy (Wicked) will play Yente. 

Daniel Evans will also direct Louis Maskell (Perchik), Laura Tebbutt (Fruma Sarah), Jos Slovick (Motel), Simbi Akande (Tzeitel) and Rose Shalloo (Chava).

Fiddler on the Roof runs at Chichester Festival Theatre from 18 July to 26 August, with previews from 10 July.

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HDM Signs Graduates From Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

We are pleased to welcome on board Eleanor Griffiths and Hannah Pauley, both students of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Eleanor studied on the three year BA Musical Theatre course as an actor-musician, and graduated in 2016. She is about to star as Helen in a piece of musical and physical theatre, 'Hoax: Our Right To Hope' directed by Benji Reid, and which will tour around the North of England beginning in April.

Hannah is currently in her final months studying on the three year BA Musical Theatre course as an actor-musician, and will graduate Summer 2017. Coming up this May, Hannah will be starring in 'Women On the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown'; a musical based on the famous 1989 Pedro Almodóvar film. She will be playing the slightly mad, but funny and passionate Lucía.

 

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Alasdair Wins Leicester Mercury 2017!

We are very pleased and proud to announce, Alasdair Beckett-King has Won, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017!

The Final, which took place on Saturday 25th Feb at The Y Theatre in Leicester, saw Alasdair storm through his set and offered the audience and judges, a glimpse into what is yet to come from him when he Debuts at The Fringe this August.

"He ends with his own version of William Blake's Proverbs of Hell displaying a playful silliness at the same time adding to the feeling of him belonging to another time. He'll go far." 

Chortle (Leicester Comedian of the Year 2017 Review)