Battersea Arts Centre is the place to be for some cracking Christmas comedy with a host of jokers ready to tickle your ribs over the festive period.

Former Sutton Grammar School pupil Adam Riches takes to the stage from December 4 to 9 with his show entitled The Beakington Town Hall Meetings.

The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner presents a new hour of festive character creations with a dramatic reconstruction of the events surrounding one of Britain's most infamously calamitous civic gatherings.

You'll have to Google it. The chances are you'll just come up with this listing, but still, it happened, and is happening once again at BAC.

Next up is John Kearns with his show called A Very John Kearns Christmas from December 11 to 16.

Following successive Edinburgh Comedy Award wins, the Tooting-bred joker returns to BAC's Christmas comedy programme with a new show about home, memory and ritual.

Donning his trusty fake teeth and wig, John pores over archive recordings from Kearns family Christmases past.

Finally, with the big day rapidly approaching, physical comedy trio Sleeping Trees give Willy Wonka, the Umpa Lumpas and various fatigued grandparents from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a seasonal revamp for one week only.

Time Out described them as The love child of Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen, so expect something completely different when they bring their show Sleeping Trees and the Chocolate Factory Christmas Special to BAC from December 18 to 23.

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