Glee Club owner Mark Tugh
Glee Club owner Mark Tugh

An award-winning comedy club is set to reignite the spirit of live entertainment at the former Theatre Royal in Hanley.

Headline comics and emerging talent will be walking the boards in the footsteps of Laurel and Hardy in the former Theatre Royal, Hanley, which is re-opening as the Glee Club, on Pall Mall, on Saturday 30 May.

The new comedy club is in the basement of the former theatre, where the famous duo performed in 1952.

The Glee Clubs, which consist of four award-winning comedy venues in Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and Oxford, have chosen Stoke-on-Trent for their first new opening in five years.

The venues regularly attract big name comics including Sarah Millican, Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Tom Stade and Rich Hall.

The line-up for the first show sees panel show stalwart, Charlie Baker and internationally renowned touring comic, Imran Yusuf take to the stage along with comedy circuit heavy hitters, Rob Rouse and Marlon Davis for a unique night of entertainment.

Talking about the reasons behind opening in Hanley Glee Club founder, Mark Tughan, said:

“As soon as we were shown the venue, we knew we had a lot to offer. There’s a really vibrant night time entertainment scene in Hanley and we’re looking to add to this by bringing back big laughs and top comics to the former Theatre Royal.”

The new comedy club is being run in partnership with The Luminar Group, who ran the basement venue as JJ’s for many years.

Andy Swinnerton, general manager of Fiction and JJs, said:

“The arrival of The Glee brings something new and different to Hanley’s nightlife. People in the Potteries have a great sense of humour and we’re sure it will appeal to a whole range of people.

“The Glee Clubs have a fantastic reputation for hosting the best live comedy around and creating nights that are loved by both comics and audiences alike. We know they’ll deliver some unforgettable nights of first class, value for money entertainment in Hanley.”

Mark continued:

“Stand-up comedy has exploded onto our television screens in recent years with major prime time shows including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo. Anyone who enjoys these shows will love the live experience of seeing a first-class comic in a real comedy club, so we know Glee in Hanley will be a big success.”

For tickets to the launch night and further information visit www.glee.co.uk/hanley


The Glee Club in Birmingham, main room
The Glee Club in Birmingham, main room

The Glee Club is one of the pioneers of live comedy having achieved 18 awards for Best Comedy Venue to its name, since opening the first dedicated comedy club outside of London in Birmingham in 1994. It now hosts award winning comedy nights in three other venues in Cardiff, Oxford, Nottingham and now Hanley.