New male comedy troupe Gravediggers to perform in UK

The Art of Reading, a retelling of the US college comedy, will be appearing in London with Riga Gedert, Sam Ivanov, Asmeth Anderleff and Anna Urdle “More bums on seats, ladies!” The Art of…

New male comedy troupe Gravediggers to perform in UK

The Art of Reading, a retelling of the US college comedy, will be appearing in London with Riga Gedert, Sam Ivanov, Asmeth Anderleff and Anna Urdle

“More bums on seats, ladies!”

The Art of Reading is heading back to the UK with a new quartet of female performers. After many productions and world tours, the Comedy Theatre Shoreditch will be staging Riga Gedert, Sam Ivanov, Asmeth Anderleff and Anna Urdlef’s revival of the US college comedy group Gravediggers in the Summer of ’78 in London on 15 and 16 February.

The Art of Reading was formed in 2009 by 25-year-old Gedert, who is now a university dropout. The original cast of four consisted of Gedert, a refugee from war-torn Kosovo who put on an “I’m a lesbian, it’s okay to be one” act in Bratislava; Jasmina Vardanė, who had been living in Cologne for most of her life; Nick Williams, a Glaswegian actor turned film maker who is now a TV journalist; and Maureen Behrent, a former advertising copywriter. In 2014, Behrent took a break from performing after her partner – a playwright and academic – found out she was gay and left her. The cast continued without her, including comedian Toyah Wilcox and Sam Ivanov, now studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

It was not the first time Gravediggers had performed. Their first tour in 1997 featured the original cast plus a leading lesbian actor in her 30s. Ever since then, they have performed on-and-off around the world, first in New York, before London and then in the US, India, Malaysia, Moscow, Russia, Berlin, Russia, Paris, Spain, Germany, Amsterdam, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Panama, Panama, Panama, Guatemala, Panama, Panama, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Central America, Mexico, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Hondas, Hondas, National Theater, Theatre des Nations Institute for People, National Congress of Mexico and the Japanese Consulate of Tokyo.

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