Image above: Ealing festival 2019
The organisers of the Ealing Comedy Festival hope that Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that he intends to scrap all Covid restrictions on 19 July will mean they are able to put more tickets on sale.
Boris Johnson said at the Downing St press conference on Monday 5 July:
“If we can’t be able to reopen our society in the next few weeks, when will we be able to?
If we don’t take advantage of the “firebreak” of the summer holidays, he said, “the alternative would be to do it in the winter, when the virus will have an advantage, or not at all this year”.
He said they will continue to monitor the data and will confirm on 12 July whether or not they feel able to end Covid restrictions completely.
Images above: Rich Hall, Shappi Khorsandi, Milton Jones, Julian Clary, Jo Caulfield – some of the comedians performing at this year’s Ealing Comedy Festival
Simon Randall, who organises the Ealing Comedy Festival, told The Chiswick Calendar if the end of social restricitons is announced on 12 July, he will put more tickets on sale. The festival runs from 21 – 25 July and when tickets were first released they sold very quickly, so some performances are now sold out, with current restrictions.
“At first we had to sell the tickets socially distanced, so we’ve decided it would be unfair to sell the seats in between, in case people are still nervous, so rather than filling the space, we’ve said that if the measures are relaxed we’ll sell two thirds of the tickets; we’re not going to full capacity”.
Across the week the event, in a huge marquee in Walpole Park, he has some really well-known names performing, which if you haven’t already got tickets, you may now have a chance to see:
Wednesday 21 July
Opening Gala with Russell Kane (MC) + Joanne McNally, Geoff Norcott, Nathan Caton, Shappi Khorsandi, Jeff Innocent, Olga Koch
Thursday 22 July
Seann Walsh, Paul Sinha, Rhys James, Shappi Khorsandi MC
Friday 23 July
Milton Jones, Angela Barnes, Special Guest, Boothby Graffoe MC
Saturday 24 July
Rich Hall, Marcus Brigstock, Hal Cruttenden, Jo Caulfield MC
Sunday 25 July
Closing Gala with Juilian Clary (MC) Ricky Grover, Hal Cruttenden, Jo Caulfield, Boothby Graffoe, Kae Kurd, Heidi Regan, Paul McCaffrey
Ealing Festival also has a number of music nights lined up for Walpole Live, from 28 July – 8 August.
‘The best music from across Ealing and beyond with Blues, Jazz, electronic, hip hop and carnival sounds along with cinema screenings, activities and games for all the family’
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