Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

Nominated for best club comic in the 2012 Chortle awards, Hal Cruttenden originally trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has appeared in the likes of Eastenders and Kavanagh QC.

But as a stand-up, his break came in 2002, when he was nominated for the Perrier best newcomer award for his solo show Hal. He is now a regular at most the big club on the circuit, and has performed around the world, including appearances at Montreal’s Just for Laughs and at Kilkenny Cat Laughs.

He is also a writer, with credits including BBC One’s Omid Djalili Show.

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Comedians star in Brexit play

Alongside Archers star Timothy Bentinck

Comedians Mike McShane, Jo Caulfield, Pippa Evans and Hal Cruttenden are to star in a new play about Brexit alongside Archers star Timothy Bentinck.

Bentinck – who plays David Archer in the long-running Radio 4 soap – takes the role of a politician who wins the Tory leadership contest but now must unite his warring MPs for the final stages of the negotiations to leave the EU.

McShane, Caulfield and Cruttenden play advisers and colleagues in the show, simply entitled Brexit.

It will have its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it plays at the Pleasance at 1.30pm daily, and has been written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, who have penned previous topical Fringe plays including Coalition and Making News 

As well as being an actor, Bentinck is the 12th Earl of Portland, the 8th Count Bentinck, although he does not use his title. He's also been an HGV truck driver, a US tour guide, a computer programmer and an inventor with several patents to his name, including a baby carrier.

McShane, pictured, will also be performing with Paul Merton's Impro Chums at the festival, while Jo Caulfield and Hal Cruttenden have solo stand-up shows.

• Chortle’s Fast Fringe returns to Edinburgh this year with a manic showcase of 12 festival acts at 6.40pm every day at the Pleasance Dome. Tickets.

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Published: 5 Jun 2018

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