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Never lost for words, never less than ingeniousDominic Maxwell, The Times

The guy has a giftMatt Bonesteel, The Washington Post

“You should be ashamed of yourself” Sepp Blatter

 After a year that has seen him make the acquaintance of some of the world’s most newsworthy and least likable human beings including DONALD TRUMP, SEPP BLATTER and SIR PHILIP “BHS DESTROYER” GREEN, SIMON BRODKIN will embark on his next nationwide tour as LEE NELSON in 2017 with his brand new stand-up show Serious Joker. The acclaimed character comedian will kick off the tour on 22nd February, with a further 52 other dates around the country, including a performance at Middlesbrough Theatre on Friday 5th May.

2015 saw SIMON create one of the year’s most iconic images when, as Premier League footballer JASON BENT, he showered disgraced FIFA President SEPP BLATTER in bank notes at the organisation’s headquarters in Zurich, live on TV in front of world’s press. The incident made the front pages of the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Independent in the UK, as well as countless headlines around the world. So far this year SIMON has delivered DONALD TRUMP his custom-made swastika-emblazoned golf balls during a televised press conference, helped Volkswagen fit the latest in emissions-cheating technology to their new car at the Geneva International Motor Show, and helped SIR PHILIP GREEN rechristen his £100 million yacht as the “BHS Destroyer.” Previously SIMON has joined KANYE WEST onstage during the rapper‘s headline set at Glastonbury, gate-crashed a prime-time Saturday night broadcast of The X Factor (ITV), and joined the England football team ahead of their flight to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A documentary following Simon’s stunts will air on Channel 4 later this year.

On TV SIMON has written and starred in Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People on BBC Three. As LEE he has hosted and twice appeared as a guest on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), and has also performed on shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV) and The John Bishop Christmas Show (BBC One), as well as releasing a live stand-up DVD. In 2015 – 2016 SIMON toured the country as LEE with his show Suited & Booted, his fourth sell-out nationwide stand-up tour. SIMON’s additional TV credits include Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One), and Children In Need (BBC One). He has taken six solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he won the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Newcomer.

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Middlesbrough Theatre

Middlesbrough Theatre has quite a remarkable history. From it's conception in the late 1920's to its opening as the first architect-designed theatre to be built after the Second World War - it is the result of a 27-year dream and the unswerving dedication of theatre lovers in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Theatre has an intimacy that belies its 486 seat capacity. A winning combination that has enabled the theatre to play host to a wide variety of performances from big bands and stand-up comedy to full-scale amateur musicals and Indian dance.

Middlesbrough Theatre continues to serve its community hosting performances from leading actors and renowned companies as well as by providing first class facilities to local amateur operatic and dramatic societies as well as young students from local dance schools and performing arts colleges.

Box Office Opening times

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sunday Closed

On performance days, we re-open for telephone bookings at 6pm (1 1/2 hours before curtain-up on Sundays) and 3/4 hour before curtain-up for personal callers and stay open until 9pm. 01642 81 51 81


The Theatre can accommodate up to six wheelchairs per performance, one free ticket will be issued for each companion. We regret that access to the bar is via stairs: drinks may be ordered and collected from the ground floor kiosk.

An infra-red system is available for the hard of hearing using discreet headsets, which are available from the box office.

Please let us know your requirements at the time of booking to ensure you have a comfortable visit.