Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 ( “A Masterclass” ***** The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.
“”When he gets stuck into his show in earnest he guides us to a terrifically tender conclusion that he handles intelligently, informatively, amusingly and unsentimentally… Dynamite” ★★★★ The Times
Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals
I was part of an organisation that booked the Beggar’s Theatre for an event in June 2019. As a venue it exceeded expectations. It was perfect for our evening of poetry readings and musical performance. Lighting and sound were excellent. The flexible nature of the auditorium meant we could have a cabaret set-up which suited the event, with a bar available. Feedback from performers and audience was positive. I hope we will be able to put on another event there in the future.
An intimate theatre and nowhere better for comedy. It is remarkable that top acts find the Beggars. It is then natural that they then want to return.
You are really in the presence of the performers – whereas they would be a dot in the distance at the Apollo. And the same works so well for small-scale touring theatre which can be very powerful there.
Lots of eateries nearby in the square and an outstanding real ale pub.
K Vanderbilt S , TripAdvisor
A lovely theatre, staff are so friendly and chatty, the atmosphere is so welcoming. I’ve been to this theatre many many times and 100% will be coming back for many more!!❤️
If you’re going to stay in Haverigg or the South Western Lakes, it’s a missed opportunity not to check out what’s on at this lovely little theatre.
These spaces are dwindling and I take my hat off to the people who keep it alive because it’s lovely.
We saw Bowjangles there, they’d been asked to visit after last year’s Edinburgh Fringe so here you have a Fringe-level performance right here in Millom. Serendipity.
Julie P , TripAdvisor
First visit to the Beggars to see “your my world” Beatles and Cilla Black tribute. Met at the door by Jakki very warm welcome. Was presently surprise on the size. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. Lovely bar. Will definitely go again.
Liz C , TripAdvisor
This venue goes from strength to strength! Comedy, music and DRAMA.
Don’t go for the obvious folks. Suck it and see…
Mur201710 , TripAdvisor
brilliant lively venue. vibrant, friendly hospitable. relaxed atmosphere. miles from anywhere. unbelievable in such a remote community. A must see when in the area
We are a children’s theatre company that came to this theatre to perform. We were warmly greeted by Jakki who looked after us so well whilst we were there. All the little things made a difference!
It is a lovely venue offering a fantastic facility to the area. A real gem that we hope goes from strength to strength.
CrystalCat120 , TripAdvisor
Went last night to watch a celebration of Simon and garfunkel was amazing. This place is the best thing in town have loads of amazing acts on music comedy and theatre .
Gareth R, TripAdvisor
If you are staying in Millom, in fact if you are staying Cumbria, you should make a trip to the Beggars theatre run by the amazingly lovely Jakki Moore.
My Mum attends a writing class there too. We have just see the celebration of Simon and Garfunkel and it was sensational. Brilliant venue, superb atmosphere. Everything about this place is top notch. It is what entertainment is about.
Matt J, TripAdvisor
Millom is not the most convenient place to get to with it’s location at the Southern tip of the Lake District and that makes it all the more surprising to find a venue like the Beggars. The variety of shows that take place is impressive and testament to the driving force of the manageress, Jakki. The venue is a repurposed nightclub with a cosy atmosphere meaning the audience is not far from the stage and a bar is situated on a mezzanine level serving bottled beers. wine and soft drinks. As a solo visitor I had an enjoyable time and will look forward to future shows
S6226DYmarkb , TripAdvisor
Another of many visits to the Beggars theatre. Doesn’t really matter who / what is on, just give it a go and you’re guaranteed a brilliant night!
Pumpkinny , TripAdvisor
We have been visiting the theatre to watch comedy acts since Jakki opened the Beggars. With comedians like Bill Bailey, Rob Beckett, Jason Manford and Patrick Monahan being my favourite!
It’s a fab night out and we often go with other couples/ friends and can guarantee leaving with sore cheeks from laughing so much! There has also been a number of family shows that I have taken my kids to and we always thoroughly enjoy it.
Drama/ dancing groups also run for the children and cinema days during holidays. Jakki goes above and beyond to make the theatre a great place.
Its my fave place to go. Brilliant night out with a stocked bar then literally a five minute walk home!
Had a fantastic time watching Rob Beckett last night, laughed from start to finish, he was brilliant! The Beggars is an awesome little venue, as soon as you walk in you feel at home! Last night was our first visit and we were bowled over, we’ll definitely be back! I never leave Trip Advisor reviews but after visiting The Beggars I wanted to sing their praises – go and visit, you won’t be disappointed!
We have been going to The Beggars Theatre in Millom ever since it opened its doors. The Beggars owner Jakki is dedicated, enthusiastic, inspirational and hardworking.
Don’t just visit The Beggars for the top household names as some of the best acts we’ve seen are the less well known comedians and you are always assured a warm friendly welcome by Jakki and her team.
If you’re a visitor to the area check out The Beggars Theatre 🙂
Steven S , TripAdvisor
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In the past two weeks have seen 2 very different but 2 superb nights of comedy at the Beggar’s Theatre, Eddie Izzard and Patrick Monahan. Still chuckling now over some of Patrick Monahan’s antics (takes audience participation to a new level!), and the fact that the Beggar’s owner Jakki secured the Eddie Izzard gig, in a town of around 8000 people, shows just what an asset the theatre is to this area. Comedy is just one of the many things the theatre has to offer, we are lucky to have it :).
Jane M, TripAdvisor
Millom is a small town of some 7000 people with another 2-3000 living in the immediate surroundings. To have a resource like the Beggar’s Theatre is wonderful – we have regular appearances by top rate comics such as Jeremy Hardy and recently Eddie Izzard, and excellent plays and concerts by local groups. Anyone visiting the town should check with the Theatre to see if there is a performance during their visit – it would be well-rewarded.
Bob K, TripAdvisor
3 shows one in German, one in French, one in English. We had tickets for the English show. The queue was right around the market square. The theatre staff took drink orders from those waiting and brought them to you. Jakki the theatre manager came around the queue to make sure everyone was ok and keep them informed as to the procedure of the audience change-over, something that could have been a logistical nightmare went smoothly.
A fab night watching Mr Izzard in a great little venue in West Cumbria…who’d have thought it Eddie Izzard and top comedians coming to Millom! Long may it continue…check out the website and sign up for the newsletter otherwise you are going to miss out 🙂
KJW2170 , TripAdvisor
What a brilliant night this was. The man has energy beyond belief, three shows in one evening 40 minutes in German 40 minutes in French 40 minutes in English. The English show was the show we had tickets for, The que for this was right round the market square with members of the theatre staff taking drinks orders and bringing them to you ! This added to the night as all people were in good spirits. Simply a very good night in a quaint Cumbrian Town. Check out the web site for upcoming events !
Kay G , TripAdvisor
Well I arrived and it was all women, I was worried I’d come on male stripper night. But I guess a night in with Jenny Eclair was always going to be a ladies night I suppose. Well guys you missed out, big time.
What a great little theatre, small but very much loved, and if it can attract the big names.
R0062 , TripAdvisor
The Beggars Theatre is a fantastic asset to this corner of Cumbria, bringing top quality acts to a cosy and intimate venue where you feel part of the show. My grandson and I saw Omid Djalili last week and enjoyed an evening of superlative comedy in the company of a very appreciative audience. Jakki has done wonders for the town with this venture and she and her staff involve many of Millom’s youngsters in theatre and workshops. Some of them will doubtless go on to greater things in theatre and the arts as a result of being inspired by these experiences.
This small theatre tucked away in a corner of the market square has ambition way beyond its size and the population it serves. It is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the owner/manager Jakki Moore that it surpasses all expectations. I have seen top rate comedy acts – Ed Byrne, Jeremy Hardy, Omid Djalili, Sean Hughes, Sean Lock, and many others here, as well as plays, improv acts and talent nights. All have been superb. The theatre itself is cosy, welcoming and extremely well run, with an excellent bar and a superb family atmosphere. Why do the big names keep coming to this out-of the-way corner of Cumbria? I guess they recognise the excellence of the venue and the passion of the people who run it. I can’t recommend this highly enough – long may it continue.
Gren W, TripAdvisor
Been here several times in the last month to see some fantastic comedy acts…lovely intimate theatre/neighbourhood cinema venue in the heart of Millom town centre with a friendly atmosphere and top class acts including Omid Djalili, Stephen K Amos, Man 1 – Bank 0, and most recently Noise Next Door…laughed so much at their improvisation that my cheeks hurt! If you get a chance to see a show here…GO! You won’t be disappointed!