Leicester Comedy Festival’s #deadmonarchs exhibition


I think this was the one the crowd enjoyed the most at the launch of #deadmonarchs last night – Vaz certainly got a lot of laughs.

So what’s #deadmonarchs? In a nutshell: several centuries of death has had no bearing on the ability of Richard III to bang out those tweets (@richard_third). Nor, it appears, Henry VIII (@KngHnryVIII). The two make good sport of regularly winding each other up. Richard, it appears, does a tidy line in fat jokes at Henry’s expense (Or should that be expanse?).

Today an exhibition based on Richard’s tweets – be it on Henry, Leicester’s car parks, Leicester City and even Trump – is unveiled to the public at the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester. It’s open from 10am to 4pm.

It’s been a challenge previously to unite Leicester’s internationally renowned king and the country’s longest running comedy festival – but they’ve done it. Good work Messers Rowe, Gordon and Plantagenet.

Today also coincides with the launch of this year’s wonderful Leicester Comedy Festival – that’s 800 events across 19 days. The choice is immense and for the first time this year you can pick up your tix from a kiosk in Jubilee Square.

Here are a few piccies from last night…



Iain Gordon, director of the visitor centre, being interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester’s Dave Andrews, with comedy festival director Geoff Rowe.















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