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The enigmatic, off-the-wall comedian, Paul Taylor, is taking a break from his #Franglais tour to present this year’s Trending Comics Gala in Montreux, on Sunday, 3 December 2017!

With some of the finest comedians from around the world descending on Montreux to be part of this year’s international gala, this popular English show will showcase artists from the UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Canada, Italy and more.

True to the essence of the Trending Comics brand, the diverse line-up of acts not only includes comedians from very disparate parts of the world but also those offering widely differing comedy styles.

The acts include: one of the most exciting comedians to emerge from the UK comedy circuit, the incredibly talented and award-winning comic, Ahir Shah; the hottest, upcoming South African act of Dutch origin and regular opening act for Trevor Noah, Schalk Bezuidenhout; the new Godfather of Italy’s burgeoning comedy scene, Francesco de Carlo; UAE’s King of Comedy, co-founder of Dubomedy, and international headliner, Ali Al Sayed; and Iceland’s biggest comedy export, Ari Eldjarn.

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5 double tickets to be won for his show on 3 November at Théátre de la Madeleine, Geneva!

If you fancy a fun night out with friends, then Paul Taylor’s stand up comedy evening “#Franglais” may be just what you need!

Presented 50% in French and 50% in English, this event is one of the last few comedy nights that Paul Taylor will be performing on his worldwide #Franglais tour.

So what’s the show all about?

How many kisses do you have to do when saying hello? Pourquoi y-a-t’il 15 jours dans 2 semaines? Why are French anglicisms not real English words?

Voici des vraies questions que Paul Taylor se pose tous les jours. Paul is a bilingual Brit confused about his identity. Il parle français comme un Froggy mais il pense comme un Rosbif. This is why, in 2015, he quit his job at Apple to take to the stage and find some answers.

Son spectacle “#Franglais” - stand-up comedy 50% in French et 50% en anglais-  est à découvrir de toute urgence qu'on soit francophone, anglophone ou tout simplement un peu des deux!

If you got all that, then head on down to the Théatre du Madeleine in Geneva on 3 November 2017! The performance begins at 8.30pm and tickets can be purchased from Starticket or Fnac.

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Enter our competition and win a double ticket for the opening night performance on Friday 27 August 2017!

What a great way to end the summer holidays with a trip to the theater to see an uplifting performance of a classic feel-good musical!

From 27 to 29 August, the GAOS Youth Group will perform the award-winning musical, Legally Blonde, at the Casino Theatre in Geneva!

Based on the hit 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this bright and colourful musical with a memorable score and inspiring roles for young women, was hugely successful both on Broadway and the West End, and won the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Directed by Ylan Assefy, this GAOS rendition of Legally Blonde: The Musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a charming and lovable young sorority girl, who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back a former beau. But law school is no joyride — she is thrown out of class and her boyfriend proposes to another girl! It seems nobody has any faith her!

However, Elle decides to show everyone that she is more than just a pretty face. It turns out she has more legal savvy than anyone ever imagined and, through perseverance and self-belief, she finds unexpected success. Astonishing the faculty with her unabashed audacity, she gradually wins the respect and admiration of all those around her.

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Enter our competition to win a double ticket for the opening night performance of the show!

Directed by Pam Walsh (with Paddy McDonald wielding the baton), Let’s Face the Music promises to be a summer show to remember, fusing elements of Music Hall, variety shows, and highlights from some of Broadway and the West End’s best musicals, as well as Hollywood’s most famous classic films.

Being performed at the Salle des Spectacles in Founex between 15 and 17 June, Let's Face the Music will return to the traditional “dinner and show” format typical of GAOS’ summer performances. There will be 3 options for tickets:

  • Tables downstairs (Fr. 49.- per person) will be served a meal – a choice of cold roast beef, smoked trout, or a vegetarian option with new potatoes and salad – before the show. Drinks will be available at the bar, with dessert also available for purchase at the interval.

  • Premium tables (Fr. 69.- per person), in the middle of the auditorium, will also receive champagne and a programme. For catering purposes, seats downstairs must be booked in advance.

  • Balcony seats (Fr. 29.- per person) can be reserved for those wishing to see the show without a meal. While drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar, there is no food or drink allowed on the balcony. Subject to availability, balcony seats will be available for purchase on the night.

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Enter our competition to win free tickets for the final performance of Will on Sunday 21 May!

The Lausanne Shakespeare Festival (LSF) is Switzerland’s only annual theatrical event devoted exclusively to the work of William Shakespeare, and this year knowitall.ch is offering readers a chance to win free tickets to one of their performances!

Taking place between 19 and 21 May, this year’s festival will once again be based in the Théâtre La Grange de Dorigny, a unique performing arts center based on the University of Lausanne campus.

LSF 2017 will combine full-length plays in the evenings with workshops, music, street theater, and a range of performance experiments during the day. Like Lausanne itself, the LSF is fundamentally cosmopolitan, bringing together artists and audience members from a variety of linguistic backgrounds and featuring events in both French and English.

Kevin Curran. Administrative Director of the LSF and professor of English literature at the Université de Lausann, told knowitall.ch, “At the heart of the LSF is a simple idea: take the greatest plays ever written and use them to build bridges between things that tend to stay apart: the university and the city, specialists and the public, critical thinking and creativity, and art and education. What’s more, by prioritizing the talents of Lausanne’s newest generation of professional actors and directors, the LSF contributes to building a strong future for theater in the city, the region, and the country."

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In a bid to encourage more English-speaking visitors to their theatre in Geneva, the Théatre de Carouge-Atelier de Genève is offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win a double ticket to see one of the plays from their new series of specially adapted performances for English-speaking viewers.

“The Robbers Ball” is the first show this year to be performed with English surtitles, and will take place on 10, 11 and 15 March 2017. All other performances of this excellent classic comedy, scheduled between 21 February and 18 March, will require a reasonable understanding of French to appreciate the play.

Written by Jean Anouilh and directed by Robert Sandoz, The Robbers Ball is an action-packed comedy with 50’s style costumes, live music and - of course - a love story! The performance takes place one summer in the spa town of Vichy.  Peterbono, Hector and Gustave are three stooges who earn their living as pickpockets, creating all kinds of scenarios to rob rich spa clients and to seduce young ladies who are thoroughly bored.  Taken in by their own wiles, they are invited to the luxurious home of Lady Hurf and her nieces. On the evening of the Robbers’ ball, the very last robbery is being set up, when suddenly…