Ruffelle, Huntley and Kemp to play new Pizza Express live venue

Frances Ruffelle, Tyrone Huntley and Martin Kemp are among the latest additions to the star-studded launch season line-up at restaurant chain Pizza Express’ latest London entertainment venue.

Tickets are already on sale for An Audience With Martin Kemp on 31 August, West End favourite Ruffelle’s solo show I Say Yeh-Yeh on 3 September and Evening Standard Emerging Talent award winner Tyrone Huntley on 24 September.

Designed to allow the audience to get close to some of the biggest names in entertainment, Pizza Express Live Holborn will operate seven nights a week.

The intimate space in the basement of the newly designed restaurant High Holborn will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions.

Tickets have already sold out for the first show at the venue by pop band Morcheeba on Wednesday 30 August and the Friday 1 September performance by Keane’s Tom Chaplin.

Ruffelle and Huntley join a long list of previously announced West End star names scheduled to appear including Maria Friedman, Madalena Alberto, Anna-Jane Casey and the casts of Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

Million Dollar Quartet star Kemp’s appearance at the venue will be the first of five ‘audience with’ events, with similar shows featuring musician Goldie, Monty Python star turned world traveller Michael Palin, comedian and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar and former England footballer turned pundit Paul Merson already confirmed.

The comedy line-up includes Rory Bremner, Omid Djalili, Harry Hill and Johnny Vegas, with a wide variety of musicians including Tom Browne, The Christians, Steve Harley and Mica Paris due to perform.

Also added to the Holborn schedule is a special tour warm-up show by popular choir master turned TV star Gareth Malone who will preview his third nationwide tour with a special performance on 9 November.

Angela Thomas

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