Lovely rehearsal imagery has been released from Ian Hislop & Nick Newman’s new satirical play Trial By Laughter.

Following the sell-out success of The Wipers Times in the West End and across the country, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter, based on their critically acclaimed original BBC Radio 4 drama of the same name. The production is playing at The Watermill for six weeks from Thursday 20th September – Saturday 27th October 2018. Following this, it will be heading on a UK tour visiting Guildford, Ipswich, Cheltenham, Brighton & Chichester with further venues to be announced.

In 1817 bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. In 2018, the satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech and ask if just over two hundred years later our press has any greater freedom.

The cast includes Helena Antoniou (Lady Hertford), Philippe Edwards (Sidmouth), Jeremy Lloyd (Prince Regent), Peter Losasso (Cruickshank), Nicholas Murchie (Justice Abbott/Duke of York), Joseph Prowen (Hone), Eva Scott (Lady Conyngham/Sarah), Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough).


Thursday 20th September – Saturday 27th October Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Monday 29th October – Saturday 3rd November Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Monday 5th November – Saturday 10th November The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Monday 12th November – Saturday 17th November Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Monday 19th November – Saturday 24th November Theatre Royal, Brighton

Tickets available from button above.