More than 200 people descended on the former Theatre Royal on Pall Mall in Hanley at the weekend to see the best in live comedy.

The sold out opening event at the city’s new comedy venue, The Glee Club, saw top comedians Charlie Baker, Rob Rouse, Imran Yusuf and Marlon Davis entertaining the crowds.

The former theatre, which played host to stage and screen legends Laurel & Hardy in its 1950s heyday, has been transformed into an intimate live comedy venue.

Glee Club founder, Mark Tughan, said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from Stoke residents since announcing the opening of The Glee Club in Hanley. There’s clearly a big appetite for live comedy and good value entertainment in the city and we’re pleased to be able to offer a great night out for comedy lovers in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding towns and villages.”

Mark continued:

“We now have our sights set on the next show and have organised a stellar line-up to ensure comedy in Hanley continues to go with a bang.”

The next Glee Club comedy show in Hanley will take place on Saturday 27th June. Featuring Chortle award winner, Michael Legge; the critically acclaimed Tom Wrigglesworth; outspoken comedian, Bethany Black and headline act, Andrew Bird.

Comedy fans are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment. For tickets and further information visit