INTERNATIONALLY renowned star of stage and screen Eddie Izzard has today been announced as the first ever headliner at the new Southsea Comedy Festival.
Eddie, who is currently on tour in America, will be bringing his Force Majeure show to the festival, which will run alongside the revived Southsea Show on Southsea Common.
The self-described ‘action transvestite’ is famed for his surreal monologues as well as his charity work and human rights activism.
He is the first of what organisers say will be numerous comedians taking part in the inaugural comedy festival, with other names to be announced in the coming weeks.
The show will be held in a giant marquee, known as a khyam, which will be able to hold more than 2,000 people, on Thursday, July 31, and Friday, August 1.
Steve Pitt, chairman of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership, said: ‘Portsmouth has a fantastic reputation for hosting the best comedians, both up-and-coming and established national names.
‘What better way to celebrate that success than to launch a new comedy festival and announce one of the biggest names in comedy, not just in the UK, but around the world, as our first headliner.
‘The Southsea Comedy Festival shows will be one of the few opportunities to see Eddie live in the UK during 2014.’
The Southsea Show is a separate event which will run during the day from August 1 to 3, and will feature family-friendly activities, shows and attractions, including a petting farm, vintage fun fair, sports activities, storytelling, music, theatre, dance and a colourful carnival finale.
The PCP, which is organizing both events, is made up of local organisations including The Cellars, Wedgewood Rooms, King’s Theatre, the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Technical Services, MG Security, and Express FM.
Doors for the comedy festival will open both nights at 7pm and the line-up for each show will include a variety of acts alongside Eddie Izzard’s full-length performance.