The Establishment: Eton Mess at the Brighton Fringe

We can’t wait for the return of dynamic duo The Establishment at this year’s Brighton Fringe. Comedians Dan Lees and Neil Frost will be premiering their side-splitting new show The Establishment: Eton Mess following a critically-acclaimed 2016 run at Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringes.

The Establishment: Eton Mess is a glorious new comedy that simultaneously manages to touch on many of the important issues that face us as a nation today. It is produced by Honky Bonk, a theatre that specialises in physical comedy and clown-influenced contemporary performance. The show combines the best of quick wit and British stiff-lipped eccentricity to bring two typically English gentlemen from a bygone era to the stage. Struggling to hold on to their values, wealth and power in the modern world, their fanciful word of cricket, tea and secret arms deals is under threat – they’re not giving up that easily.

These comedians are true experts in their field. Dan Lees studied at Ecole Phillipe in Paris and has toured his one-man show Brainchild all over the world. It was directed by Complicite Theatre’s Mick Barnfather and received the Judges’ Award for Theatre at London Mimetic Festival 2014. Lees also co-founded the London Clown Festival. Neil Frost studied at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He was nominated for the Prague Fringe Inspiration Award in 2015 for his one-man show Everything’s Possible, Nothing’s Available. Together, The Establishment were finalists in the highly regarded New Act of The Year Top of the Bill Showcase 2017 at Leicester Square Theatre

Lees and Frost both tour regularly with Clowns Without Borders UK, a charity whose aim is to relieve suffering through laughter and play. The charity deals mainly with children in refugee camps, conflict zones and other troubled areas, and in February this year they will be touring Refugee Camps in Serbia to bring some light into the lives of others.


“One of the best shows I’ve seen this year…top class.”


“Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show…You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC.”


“Enjoy the charming chutzpah of Dan Lees and Neil Frost…They don’t miss a beat.”


Venue: The Warren: Theatre Box, St Peter’s Church North, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU

Date: May 6-7 & May 24

Tickets: £10 full, £8.50 concession


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