Our Woody Allen birthday celebration at Hackney Picturehouse next Saturday 1st December begins at 6pm with a screening of our favourite (isn’t it everyone’s?) Woody film Manhattan, before moving upstairs to the beautiful Hackney Attic for an evening of live stand-up comedy, readings from Woody’s prose works and a live jazz band until midnight.

Our stand-up stars include Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal, 2012 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Tony Law and one of our favourite writer-performers Rachel Mars, whose show Cabaret Simon was described by The Guardian as “what things may have been like if an eight-year-old Salvador Dalí had been invited to organise the Royal Variety Show in your front room”. We’re also delighted to announce two distinguished readers who will be bringing Woody’s New Yorker stories and prose to life:

Kerry Shale (“A man with a voice so smooth he could sell prophylactics to the Pope” The Guardian) is the only performer of Woody Allen’s work to have been approved by Woody himself, when he adapted and performed The Woody Allen Reader for BBC Radio 4. Kerry is also the UK’s leading voice actor, and has appeared in more than 120 films and TV shows.

Native New Yorker Irma Kurtz is a writer and presenter for the BBC and Channel 4. She is also Cosmopolitan‘s legendary agony aunt, addressing the nation’s neuroses since 1969, the year of Woody Allen’s first film as a director, Take The Money And Run.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re thrilled to be joined by Heat TV editor, film critic, walking IMDB and Mark Kermode stunt double Boyd Hilton, who will be talking about his favourite Woody Allen moments.

Tickets and more information right here.

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