Founded by Peter Cook in 1961, "The Establishment" was the Soho club from which the satire boom was launched. Featuring uncensored, live, stand-up comedy, it gave a platform to radical, political, and anarchic performers (everyone from Lenny Bruce to Barry Humphries and even Frankie Howerd), and was the inspiration for "That Was the Week That Was" (first broadcast in 1962), and Beyond The Fringe which ran for 18 months on Broadway.
The relaunch of The Establishment stems from a conversation between Lin Cook (Peter's widow) and satirist Victor Lewis-Smith, during which Lin revealed that, during the last year of his life, Peter had been planning to re-open the club.
With Lin's blessing for the project, Victor has teamed up with Keith Allen and Mike O'Brien (Laughing Stock Productions), to fulfil Peter's wish, initially through a monthly series of "pop up" nights at Ronnie Scott's. Jazz was always an important part of the entertainment at the original Establishment (Dudley Moore's Quartet were regular performers there). In 2015, the team plans to open a permanent home for The Establishment.
Embracing the Mad Men spirit of 60s revival, the entertainment at The Establishment will combine old and new.
The doors of The Establishment will be thrown open to performers who have a genuine dedication to the art of unrestricted, uncensored performances. As with the original Establishment, performers will be many and varied from young (or not so young) unknowns to household names (but as you've never seen them before).
Keith Allen, whose career in comedy, music, radio and television needs no introduction will be providing live interviews with political and social luminaries.
Venue: The Academicians’ Room
Address: The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017
Time: 8 - 11pm
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