Following his sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the former Daily Star hack is bringing his controversial assault on the Street of Shame’s finest to the industry’s heartland – leaving the likes of Kelvin MacKenzie exposed in more ways than one.
Since his withering resignation letter to Daily Star proprietor Richard Desmond became a viral sensation last year, Rich has had the dubious honour of appearing twice before the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, with his searing testimonies making headlines across the globe. Now a writer, broadcaster and campaigner for press reform, this is his debut comedy show.
Organisers say the audience can get the inside scoop as red-top renegade Peppiatt delivers a merciless dissection of his former trade, testing the public’s right to know to its side-splitting extremity… against the tabloid bully boys themselves.
“So come join Rich as he hilariously plots a path to redemption – save one final rampage through Fleet Street’s gutters.”
Winner of Guardian Media award for “Best Stunt”. “Breathtaking… Fleet street’s very own angel of vengeance.” (Guardian)
“Scabrous and highly entertaining… a demolition job with jokes.” (Independent)
“Devilishly devious.” (Scotsman)
“Peppiatt has charm, wit and an ear for comedy – and, jokes apart, this is an important show.” (Daily Telegraph)
“Ouch! Brilliantly vicious poetic justice.” (Steve Coogan)
“Hilarious, brave and strangely arousing.” (Hugh Grant)
“A Judas” (Daily Star)
“A self confessed liar” (Sun on Sunday)
Recent public outrage over the News of the World hacking into a teenage murder victim and lesser so b-list celebrities’ voice mails lead to its downfall. But tabloid trash is nothing new. Numerous incidents have happened over the years, including one paper hounding a former EastEnders star over alleged drug abuse and his sexuality until he committed suicide, another ‘Enders actor had a reporter pose as a midwife in order to get the ‘first’ photo of his newborn, a camera was hidden in a dying rockstar’s loo while another reporter pretended to be a doctor to try and gage information on a seriously ill chat show host, and without getting any inside information decided to make up the personality was dying of HIV instead – which he wasn’t, to list only a few.
Rich Peppiatt Monday 22 and Monday 29 October, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 (£12.50 concessions). Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Box Office: www.sohotheatre.com / 020 7478 0100