Comedian Tim Key makes Crucible debut

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Performance poet, actor and award-winning comedian Tim Key brings The Slutcracker, to the Crucible’s Studio Theatre for one night only.

The Slutcracker won Key the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2009 and is a combination of poetry and unconventional stand-up. The show also incorporates several short films in which Key variously appears as a bearded woman, a bearded man, and an office worker overseeing the slaughter of an eel!

Tim Key is perhaps best known as the swarthy bard from Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe (BBC4), and the pretty question master from We Need Answers (BBC4). A former member of the Cambridge Footlights, he first came to the Fringe with their 2001 Edinburgh show Far Too Happy, which also starred Mark Watson and was nominated for the Perrier Award for best newcomer.

He also featured in Alex Horne’s best-newcomer nominated Making Fish Laugh in 2003, and is part of the four-man sketch troupe Cowards. His solo Edinburgh debut came in 2004, with the tragic one-man comedy play Luke & Stella, which was made into a Radio 4 series called All Bar Luke. His poetry has also featured on Radio 4’s Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better.

The Slutcracker opens on Thursday March 3 and are available from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit the website at