Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is launching something a little bit different this autumn following its refurbishment.

As part of the refurbishment the current stalls bar will be transformed into a second performance space at the theatre which will be open before and after selected performances during the autumn season, giving audiences a little extra something.

The Brian Humpherson Trio will perform a host of modern swing classics from 6pm pre-show, during the interval and after the performance of The Shawshank Redemption on Thursday 29 September and again during the performance of Lesley Garrett on Saturday 26 November.

Andy White and Abigoliah Schamaun perform from 10pm on Friday 30 September.

Andy White is an energetic, confident and silly Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect. Andy escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic who mixes silly voices and faces with observational and topical humour. Andy has numerous media appearances, including the BBC New Comedy Awards on BBC Choice, Brand Spanking New on BBC Radio 7 and his winning performance on the Weakest Link comedian’s special!

Abigoliah Schamaun is a New York comic now based in London. She combines organic humor with an open heart Chakra; shaming her mid-west upbringing with her blue (yet persistently endearing) material.

Damian Clark and Larry Dean perform from 10pm on Friday 28 October.

Aussie-boy Damian Clark burst onto the UK comedy circuit in 2012 where his high-octane observational stand up has certainly caused some waves. Clark’s infectious energy and childlike outlook has had audiences in hysterics from the get-go and was snapped up immediately to appear on BBC3 & Comedy Central. Damian’s rambunctious and uplifting stand up continues to tour clubs & festivals all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond. Now his raw talent stands on the cusp of super stardom.

Since being crowned ‘Scottish Comedian Of The Year’ at only 23, Glaswegian comedian Larry Dean has performed a number of high profile shows worldwide, including being the support act for Eddie Izzard, and Stephen K Amos and has appeared on BBC Presents: Best Of The Edinburgh Festival 2014 and 2015, along with being nominated for Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards: Best Newcomer 2015.

Joseph Jacobs and Matt Price perform from 10pm on Friday 25 November.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Jacobs has performed stand up comedy for the last 3 years. Not only has it aided a life time ambition of eating in every UK service station, he likes to think it has made him a sharper writer. He was a Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year 2014 finalist and the Jewish Comedian Of The Year 2014 finalist, and shared the stage will Bill Burr at The Comedy Store, Hollywood. Joe won the Up The Creek’s Beat the Blackout in July 2014, the Comedy Cafe New Act night in January 2014 and beat the infamous King Gong at London’s Comedy Store three times.

Among his fellow comics, Matt Price is known for having some of the most extraordinary and outrageous stories drawn from the wilder side of life. And yet this self effacing Cornish born comic brings real warmth and heart to his tales – as well as finding some audacious laughs in the most unexpected places. Price’s easy going charm has made him a favourite on the UK and International circuit and he has the skill to win over the toughest audiences.

Tamar Broadbent and Christian Reilly perform from 10pm on Friday 23 December.

Tamar Broadbent is a comedian, singer, actor and award-winning songwriter, who studied English at Bristol University and went on to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her song ‘Patrick’ was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe 2014, a showcase of the best new comedy acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Christian Reilly is a musical comedian from London. He started playing guitar in 1999 and singing for the American comic polymath, Rich Hall. He has appeared on The Graham Norton Show, backingif.comeddie Award-Winner Phil Nichol, playing a song about theDukes Of Hazzard, to the original cast, who either really liked it or were too polite to say they didn’t…

All of the events in the first Encore Lounge programme are free to attend but booking is essential via the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12.

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