EVESHAM’S first comedy festival opens next week, featuring TV comedian Jon Richardson on the last date of his national tour.

A dozen comedians from across the UK will perform at Evesham Arts Centre from Thursday to Saturday, June 28-30.

Thursday night sees half-adozen newer comedians take to the stage, overseen by MC Richard Sandling.

They are Dominic Elliott- Spencer, Billy Hill, Adam Henderson, Freddie Farrell, Ben Hutchinson and Frankie Peoples.

Thursday tickets cost £5 on the door, £4 in advance.

Concessions available.

Radio 1 DJ and comedian Tom Deacon is Friday’s headliner and will be supported by Matt Richardson and Chris Norton-Walker, who is already an arts centre favourite. The night will be overseen by MC Dan Wright, aka TV’s Little Cook.

Tickets cost £10 on the door, £9 advance.

TV comedian Jon Richardson will play the last date of his 2012 UK tour Funny Magnet in Evesham on Saturday. Tickets are already sold out.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday are available from Evesham Almonry on 01386 446944 or online at Eve shamArtsCentre.co.uk.