“Ingenious silliness, a delight to witness” Stephane Merritt, The Observer
ALEX HORNE brings his 2014 Foster’s Comedy Award nominated, critically acclaimed sell-out show Monsieur Butterfly to London’s Soho Theatre for a two week run from May 4th, before embarking on a tour of the UK.
Remember that board game, Mousetrap, where you had to build a complicated machine to catch a mouse? Now that was a brilliant board game, wasn’t it? And you know that Honda advert, where all the car parts collided to make a thing happen? Now that was a brilliant advert, wasn’t it? Of course, Mousetrap was a game for kids which meant you lost the rubber band and the ball-bearing would always fall off the chute. And that Honda ad actually took nine months to set up, cost a million pounds and was still only successful on the 660th attempt. Well, in this unprecedented comedy experience, you can watch ALEX HORNE attempt something similar in just 56 minutes. He’ll have just one chance. He has not spent a million pounds. (He has, however, invested over £85 on eBay, made over ten trips to Wickes and bought a second-hand van.)
Stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic, potentially disastrous, this is the show ALEX has wanted to make for a decade. Finally, he will be Monsieur Butterfly. One flap of his delicate wings, and mayhem may prevail.
This summer ALEX HORNE will star in Taskmaster, a show he has created for UKTV’s Dave. GREG DAVIES will act as The Taskmaster and FRANK SKINNER, JOSH WIDDICOMBE, ROMESH RANGANATHAN, ROISIN CONATY and TIM KEY will appear as contestants. Taskmaster started out as a critically-acclaimed live show, also devised by ALEX, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011.
ALEX’s other television credits include co-hosting two series of We Need Answers (BBC4), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1) Fifteen to One (Channel 4), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Games That Time Forgot, a documentary ALEX wrote and presented for BBC Four. ALEX has hosted three series of the iTune chart-topping, Chortle Award nominated podcast ALEX HORNE BREAKS THE NEWS. To date ALEX HORNE has written nine solo stand-up shows including 2003’s Best Newcomer Perrier Award nominated Making Fish Laugh and 2004’sChortle Award winning Every Body Talks.
Alongside his band The Horne Section, ALEX has hosted Nevermind the Buzzcocks (BBC Two) and three series of the acclaimed Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section (BBC Radio 4). The band appeared on John Bishop’s Christmas Show (BBC One) and in dictionary corner on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4).
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PRAISE FOR MONSIEUR BUTTERFLY
Take your kids, take your grandad but get them to wee before they go in because once this show starts you quite simply could not bring yourself to leave ★★★★ The Scotsman
Funny fresh and original ★★★★ The Times
A delight of a show ★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The List
4th-16th LONDON, Soho Theatre 020 7478 0100
2nd TRING, Court Theatre, get-stuffed.biz
4th EASTLEIGH, The Point, 023 8065 2333
5th FAREHAM, Ashcroft Arts Centre, 01329 223 100
6th HAVANT, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 023 9247 2700
7th CANTERBURY, Marlowe Theatre, 01227 787 787
25th WORTHING, Connaught Theatre, 01903 206 206
27th SPALDING, South Holland Centre, 01775 764 777
2nd MILTON KEYNES, The Stables, 01908 280 800
4th CAMBRIDGE, Junction, 01223 511 511
5th CHIPPING NORTON, The Theatre, 01608 642 350
12th EXETER, Phoenix, 01392 667 080
17th STAFFORD, Gatehouse Theatre, 01785 619 080
18th BARNARD CASTLE, The Witham, 01833 631 107
19th CHORLEY, Little Theatre, 01257 264 362
20th DURHAM, Gala Theatre, 03000 266 600
23rd STOCKTON-ON-TEES, ARC, 01642 525 199
17th READING, South Street Arts Centre, 0118 960 6060
18th BIRMINGHAM, MAC, 0121 446 3232
24th DIDCOT, Cornerstone, 01235 515 144
12th COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre, 024 7652 4524