Arts Derbyshire


Julian Clary & more this weekend at Live At Melbourne Hall


Thursday 16th June

Friday 17th June

Saturday 18th June

After the successful launch with the first events in May, Live At Melbourne Hall is back with Just The Tonic bringing top comedic talent to the walled garden with Julian Clary headlining on Thursday 16th followed by Angela Barnes on the Friday and Gary Delaney on Saturday 18th June.

Julian Clary’s career as a camp turn began over 35 years ago. He began working on the cabaret circuit in the early 80s as The Joan Collins Fan Club. Following an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Channel 4 offered him his own show, Sticky Moments. More TV followed, including Terry and Julian, All Rise for Julian Clary, Prickly Heat, It’s Only TV But I Like It, Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You, Who Do You Think You Are? QI, Celebrity Big Brother, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Give a Pet a Home, Nature Nuts and Passions.

Perhaps best known for her regular appearances on Mock The Week, Angela Barnes mixes warm autobiographical material with plenty of jokes and Evening Standard critic Bruce Dessasu described her as “the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican… I can’t be any clearer than that can I?”.

Gary Delaney is the only comic ever to have got two gags in the same top 10 for Dave’s TV Funniest Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe. His last tour was extended four times and took in over 200 venues, he’s the premier gag smith of his generation and through twitter he’s become one of the most followed and quoted comedians in the country. He loves each and every gag and you can’t help but be carried away by his infectious charm. He’s like a cheeky schoolboy who can barely hide his glee with each and every punch line.

Just The Tonic will have a full line-up of comedians supporting on these dates:

Thursday 16th June

Julian Clary
Andy Askins
Stephen Bailey
Sally-Anne Hayward

Friday 17th June
Angela Barnes
Robert White
Carl Donnelly

Saturday 18th June
Gary Delaney
Alun Cochrane
Connor Burns

Derbyshire’s Melbourne Hall is subtly establishing itself as one the East Midlands premier venues for summer entertainment. Eschewing the trend for sprawling festivals catering to thousands, Melbourne Hall is taking the boutique approach, under the new moniker – Live at Melbourne Hall.  Influenced by Lord & Lady Ralph Kerr’s love of the arts, these intimate events will be held within its famed walled garden with a line-up that includes comedy, music, food and one or two famous faces from the world of entertainment.

Alongside the entertainment there will be bars serving a range of craft beer, real ale, fine cider and BBQ/Street food.

Ticketing and more information at
June Summer BBQ Series £49.50
Just The Tonic Comedy starting from £24.75 (weekend tickets from £73.15)

Ticketing and more information at

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