Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

The hit musical about inequality, friendship & revolution come to Guildford Fringe theatre.
22nd March 2017

“Three quarters of MPs are millionaires. A third of the country lives below the poverty line. Whatever your politics, Jonny & The Baptists think it’s worth talking about.”

A riotous and heartfelt musical comedy for our times, Jonny & The Baptists’ Edinburgh Fringe hit “Eat The Poor” will tour the UK in March-April-May 2017. At over 50 dates, their biggest ever schedule reflects growing national audiences from recent acclaimed shows and appearances on Radio 4’s The Now Show and BBC Live at Television Cejonny-the-baptists-eat-the-poor-pr-image-1-image-by-anna-soderblomntre.

Created through extensive research travelling across the country in early 2016, the show combines contemporary satire and inventive musical silliness with an epic personal story. Setting out to explore the gap between rich and poor, Jonny & The Baptists’ lives turn upside down when Jonny betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys the high life with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness and despair.

A toe-tapping comedy about inequality, homelessness and revolution in modern Britain, Eat The Poor sees the multi-award-nominees continue to grow in scope and ambition – and even dabble in a small amount of actual economics. Continuing the company’s commitment to reach broad, diverse audiences, their biggest ever tour schedule takes in leading theatres, arts centres, rural venues, comedy clubs and festivals across the country.

jonny-the-baptists-live-image-2015-image-by-jon-davisNominated for five major awards (they’ve never won any), Jonny & The Baptists – real names Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Grevers – have rapidly become one of the UK’s hottest live musical comedy acts. Winning rave national reviews for 2016 climate change comedy “The End is Nigh” , they have also enjoyed regular broadcast work, major festival appearances, and once topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single “Farage”. Alongside, Paddy has a cult following for hit podcast Podshambles; while Jonny has been nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for his hit one-man show Every Brilliant Thing on international tour, now an HBO Special (broadcast over Christmas 2016).

Eat The Poor plays The Back room of the Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford on Wednesday 22nd March at 7:30om with Guildford Fringe. Tickets are £13 (£11 concessions) and can be purchased at or by calling 0333 666 3366

Praise for Jonny & The Baptists in 2016:

‘Wickedly amusing’ The Times, ‘Spirited comedy…broad, daft & punchy’ Guardian, ‘Superbly crafted…very funny’ Metro, ‘Uproarious satire…a double act at the top of their game’ The Stage

Full Tour Schedule

5th March – Bristol – Tobacco Factory Theatres –
7th-11th March Exeter – Bike Shed Theatre –
12th March – Richmond – Orange Tree Theatre –
16-18th March – Salisbury – Salisbury Playhouse –
21th March – Norwich – Norwich Playhouse –
22nd March – Guildford – Star Inn –
23rd March – Colchester – Lakeside Theatre –
24th March – Harlow – Harlow Playhouse –
25th March – Cardiff – Chapter Arts Centre –
28th-29th March – Newcastle – Northern Stage –
30th March – Oxford – Old Fire Station –
31th March – Farnham- Farnham Maltings –
1st April – Bedford – Quarry Theatre –
5th April Sunderland – Pop Recs, Sunderland Stages –
6th April Reading – South Street Arts –
7th April – Haven’t – The Spring Arts Centre –
8th April – Milton Keynes – The Stables –
11th April – Glasgow – Platform –
12th April – Lancaster – The Dukes –
21st April – Cambridge – Cambridge Junction –
22nd April – Calstock – Calstock Village Hall –
28th April – Cardigan – Small World Theatre –
29-30th April – Machynlleth – Machynlleth Comedy Festival –
2-6th May – Plymouth- The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth –
8-10th May – London – Soho Theatre –
11th May – Birmingham- Mac –
12th May – Corsham – Pound Arts –
13th May – Fritwell – Fritwell Village Hall –
15th May – Hove- The Old Market –
19th May – FAREHAM – Ashcroft Arts Centre –
20th May – Eastleigh – The Point –
21th May – Ipswich – New Wolsey Theatre –
23th May – Edinburgh – The Stand –
24th May Glasgow – The Stand –
25th May Moniaive – Craigdarroch Arms Hotel –
26th May Barnsley – The Civic –
27th May – Salford – The Lowry –
Eat The Poor was created with support from Arts Council England, Pentabus Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre Exeter, Arts at the Old Fire Station Oxford, Old Red Lion Theatre London & Farnham Maltings.



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