Adam Riches: The Beakington Town Hall Murders

Comedy (interactive)

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Last night, 10 tortoises were massacred in a tombola-related prank gone wrong. So tonight, all members of the Beakington Council... AKA you... will be hauled before an independent adjudicator... AKA me... to find out what happened. An interactive comedy whodunnit from the mind of an absolute (Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning) twonk. 'Will make you laugh yourself silly and what could be better than that?' ***** (Telegraph). 'Quite simply one of the best character comedians in the country' ***** ( 'There's no-one quite like him' ***** (Independent).

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Charlie Stewart 79 days ago

Silly, engaging, original, and a great hour of fun.

Chris G 82 days ago

Other than one episode of his radio show, I had had no prior experience of Adam Riches and his brand of inventive, characterful, hi-octane comedy. Wow! I can see why so many reviews are from dedicated fans - this man is a phenomenon. The show is truly hilarious and Riches elevates audience participation to an art form. It was our last show at the Fringe this year and we certainly went out with a bang - rather like the sound of an exploding tortoise...

Davey 84 days ago

Very funny and silly and some absolutely side-splitting moments (the introduction of his second character being a case in point) but I was a little disappointed overall. We have to believe that he doesn't know certain bits of information but he effectively gave away otherwise. I also don't feel it lives up to his usual standard of numerous extreme characters and awkward audience interaction (although there's still plenty). Having said that, I still really enjoyed it and it gets a strong 4 stars.

Fiona A 84 days ago

Hilarious. A really good comedy show with full audience participation. I was so glad not to be on stage, but be prepared. Adam has great energy and his delivery is so funny. Laughed for an hour at this innovative and very funny show.

Jill Belch 85 days ago

Another excellent, unusual and extremely funny show from this comedian. Strongly recommend should be on your list to see.

JUNE GORMAN 86 days ago

Wonderful show, captivating from the minute we walked into the venue and Adam greeted us already in character. Couldn't stop laughing through the whole show. Wonderful entertainment. Go and see it if you can!!!

Serena Langley 87 days ago

Another fantastic show from Adam Riches. The audience interaction and his ease to get the audience on side is second to none. A true master of his art.

LTW 89 days ago

What a show!

Funny and tense at the same time, as you become part of the audience helping him to solve a murder crime!

A wonderful way to spend an hour.

Must see!

Beverley Sweeney 89 days ago

Oh my goodness tena lady alert, just been to see Adam Riches at The Pleasance, have not laughed that much in ages... Absolutely hilarious, thank you x

shannon corbett 91 days ago

Absolutely fantastic show. If you only watch one show on the fringe, make it this. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but Adam Riches is a comedy genius. I really felt part of something special.

Agnes Joyce Wells 91 days ago

We queued with anticipation. As we filed past the entrance door you could feel the palpable tension in the crowd that is always there when you go to an Adam Riches event. This year no one was safe!...and everyone knew it! One of the best. Might not have surpassed Coach Coach, but it came close. Probably no seats left but give it a try. FAB U LUS!

Johnny Rockfisk 93 days ago

The show went wrong and that made it all the more enormously entertaining. Side splitting laughter watching a master recover and conquer. A special night indeed. Three thumbs up!

Richard Collier 94 days ago

Another superb show from Adam. Original, brilliant and unique. Has been described as his most ambitious show but I disagree because he is so at the top of his game that the best bits are actually when it goes wrong, enabling him to ‘deal’ with the situation. (I think ‘Coach Coach’ was actually a riskier undertaking). If you’ve seen him before, this is well up to standard. If you haven’t, this is your year to discover why we all queue round the block for Adam Riches.

Iain MacDougall 96 days ago

We exited the show to “The Man” by The Killers and never was an exit tune a more reflective view of this show. Mr Riches had the audience in his hand from the get go delivering laugh after laugh. A consummate creative professional at the top of his game. Don’t miss it!

Saskia Willis 96 days ago

Love Adam Riches. See him every year. He’s not only a creative genius but his shows embody what the Fringe is all about. I’m still chuckling to myself. My partner has a crush on Adam and calls him the ‘great man’. My critical, moody teens and their mates came alive and my pals who are Fringe virgins are on a high! If you only see one show - make it this one!

Zena Harris 96 days ago

Loved it! Lively and fun from the second you walk in and very imaginative and entertaining. Definitely recommend this one.

Doug DaJambo 98 days ago

If you like totally daft escapism with tortoises thrown in then this is the show for you. Top show so far.

Andrew Wallis 98 days ago

A work of hysterical genius. A brilliant laugh from start to finish.

Neeps 100 days ago

This was hilarious, brilliant fun and great energy.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

How do you like your comedy characters? If it’s smart and self-contained, best to steer clear of this latest audience-participatory bonanza from the former Edinburgh comedy award-winner Adam Riches, right. However, if it’s full of more alpha-male certainty than an SAS paintballing away-day, I urge you to see his new...

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The List (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

A Fringe institution who knows how to corral a crowd...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

The Beakington Town Hall annual Christmas party ended in tragedy last night when ten tortoises were slaughtered in a tombola drum, under highly mysterious circumstances. Today, an emergency meeting of all atte...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

As so often with Riches, deranged creativity, priceless writing and cast-iron charisma fuse into an irresistibly silly and seductive whole, which is not to say that your friendly Telegraph reviewer didn't lose a pint of sweat every time Mr Legit pointedly referred to "the critic who's here tonight".

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Notepads out. There’s been a murder, as they say near here. Murder most foul. ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Pity me. In Adam Riches’ new show, The Beakington Town Hall Murders, the surreal silly-man attempts to solve a mystery. Which twisted, maniacal madman murdered a family of turtles at last nights’ festive fundraiser? He hands every audience member a Christmas card pre-show (oh, it’s also set at Christmas, which “gets...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

The Beakington Town Hall Murders is probably the most ambitious show yet devised by Adam Riches: a murder-mystery packed with preposterous set-pieces in which the feared king of audience participation must determine which of us in the auditorium committed a heinous crime. ...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

It may be Christmas (it really does come earlier every year), but these are dark times in the respectable village of Beakington. Last night, the turtle tombola was callously opened mid-spin, whereupon all 10 ill-fated reptiles whizzed from the drum and splatted to their doom on the hall’s floor and...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

Somewhat new to the interactive theatre scene, and a little suspicious of what I would find, Adam Riches: The Beakington Town Hall Murders was an unexpected delight. It is a fairly simple premise – a sort of 200 person murder mystery. Upon entering the hall we are each handed an...

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