Updated: Tuesday, 17th September 2019 @ 4:52pm

Celebrate weddings elsewhere! New Manchester comedy club Group Therapy bans hen and stag parties

Celebrate weddings elsewhere! New Manchester comedy club Group Therapy bans hen and stag parties

By Henry Vaughan

Stag and hen parties are being banned from a new comedy in Manchester – before it has even opened its doors.

Group Therapy, which launches at Gorilla, Whitworth Street’s brand new 600-capacity space, on Saturday September 29, is the first weekend comedy club in Manchester to ban large single-sex stag and hen parties.

And co-founder Rosalind Bell claimed that the decision has been taken in order to benefit other audience members who are not on a raucous night out.

 “Other weekend comedy clubs rely on stags and hens to fill their seats and spend at the bar,” she said. “But they can spoil the night for everyone else, including the comedians.

“It’s a bold move, but we put the comedy first and we’re confident that audiences will respond to that."

Bell, who has worked with Milton Jones and Phil Jupitus, along with promoter Michael Clapham, hopes that their bold approach will put comedy back in its natural habitat, providing a club run by comedy fans, for comedy fans.

The opening night features Stewart Lee-favourite Andrew O’Neill, who describes himself as a stand-up comedian, metal-head, amateur occultist and musician, with Dave Longley and Alun Cochrane fresh from honing their sets in Edinburgh.

The show starts at 8pm, with tickets available from Gorilla bar, Ticketline, WeGotTickets and SeeTickets.

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