Back in the Backyard

Hurst plays his axed venue

Lee Hurst may have unexpectedly closed his Backyard Club in East London just before Christmas – but it won’t stop him playing there.

The former They Think It’s All Over star is performing at the Bethnal Green venue, now renamed TheFymFygBar.Com, on February 3.

The show is a rescheduled performance of the one-man show Hurst had previously planned for next week, before he closed the club that bore his name.

Hurst made his shock announcement in November, after almost a decade in business. He immediately cancelled all the lucrative Christmas shows at the venue, but gave no reason for the decision.

A spokesman for the venue said: 'Please be aware that TheFymFygBar.Com is a new business and has no connection to Lee Hurst. He is just a comedian who will be performing at the venue along with other comedians on the circuit.'

Hurst’s one-man show had previously been hit by thieves, who stole 35 of the £12 advance tickets for the old date from the Backyard.

Published: 16 Jan 2008

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