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Female-led shows coming to Chelmsford Theatre this Autumn


Chelmsford Theatre is set to welcome a number of exceptional female acts this Autumn. From the Scummy Mummies to Rachel Fairburn, if you’re looking for some strong female energy and a good laugh, you won’t want to miss these brilliantly witty shows.

Angela Barnes: Hot Mess

Angela Barnes

Angela Barnes, who you may have seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, will be coming to Chelmsford Theatre on Friday 15 September at 8pm. 

Be prepared for blunt, relatable, and amusing stories from Angela on trying to live her best life but not quite managing it! 

Susie Dent presents: The Secret Life of Words

Have you ever wondered what bugbear really means? Whatever happened to the word gormful? Or why there’s a silent ‘h’ in ghost? Susie Dent answers these and other important questions at the theatre on Saturday 16 September at  3pm.

Susie Dent presents: The Secret Life of Words will explore the peculiar, unexpected, and fantastical origins of words we use daily.


Audience participation is also encouraged. Susie will be welcoming your questions about word origins, usage irritations, the impact of Americanization, and the future of our language.  

You’ll even get to enjoy Susie’s stories of the funniest moments from her 30 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 

Bridget Christie: Who Am I?

Critically acclaimed comic, Bridget Christie, is coming to Chelmsford Theatre to talk all about the joys of her mid-life crisis on Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm. 

Bridgette Christie
Photo credit: Natasha Pszenicki

Laugh-out-loud to a side-splitting rant from a menopausal, furious, and sweaty lady who is annoyed by everything. Bridget can’t ride the motorbike she bought to combat her mid-life crisis because of osteoarthritis in her hips and RSI in her wrist. She also wonders why there are so many films made by men about young women discovering their sexuality, but none about middle-aged women forgetting theirs!

If this is in any way relatable, you won’t want to miss this brand-new show from the Channel 4, Netflix and BBC Radio 4 star.

The Scummy Mummies


Join Ellie and Helen, aka the ‘Scummy Mummies’, as they celebrate a decade of scumminess! The hit comedy show will be coming to Chelmsford Theatre for one night only, on Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm. 

This special show will feature the Scummy Mummies’ favourite songs, sketches, and jokes.  The hilarious night is guaranteed to make you feel better about your parenting skills, or smug about being child-free! 

Check out this video for a glimpse of what to expect: 

Fascinating Aïda: The 40th Anniversary Show!

Britain’s sassiest musical cabaret trio, Dillie, Liza and Adèle, are bringing their brand-new show to Chelmsford Theatre. They will be gracing the stage on Thursday 9 November, 7.30pm for an élite show celebrating 40 years of touring together. 


With millions of followers, performances in prestigious venues and awards galore over the years, this show is a must see. Fascinating Aïda: The 40th Anniversary Show! will feature wickedly hilarious new songs along with audience favourites.

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate with these unstoppable performers at their very best! 

Rachel Fairburn: Showgirl

Hailed as “the rock’n’roll star of British comedy” by Rolling Stone, Rachel Fairburn is back with a brand-new show! Rachel will be performing at Chelmsford Theatre on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm.   


Rachel is co-host of international hit podcast ‘All Killa No Filla’. You may also know her from appearances on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Richard Osman’s House of Games, and Russell Howard’s Hour Life Lesson. 

In a brilliantly witty show, Rachel provides sharp observations on tough topics, from your children to her pretentious new alcohol-free life (accurate at time of writing).  

More shows to browse online

If you want to find out about more shows coming to Chelmsford Theatre, visit their website. Whatever your taste and interest, there’s bound to be something that piques your interest! 

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Lia Salacuri
Lia Salacuri

Lia writes about what’s on in Chelmsford.