Although he will loathe the expression, Ian Hislop is undoubtedly a national treasure. Taking over the satirical magazine Private Eye at the tender age of 26 and as the team captain with Paul Merton of the long-running and hugely popular quiz show Have I Got News for You, he has been in the public eye for most of his life. Waging war on the pompous, the pretentious, the incompetent and the corrupt whilst retaining a sense of humour, he has also gone head-to-head with some of the most powerful people in Britain, ending up in court on numerous occasions. As he reaches a landmark birthday, he joins us for this special celebratory event.

In order to manage audiences safely into each of our venues, we ask that you arrive up to 40 minutes before the event starts. See the Plan Your Visit section for detailed venue arrival times.

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Private eye annual 2020


Everyman Theatre

The Everyman was opened in 1891. The main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers.

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Our booking fee

As a registered charity Cheltenham Festivals charges a booking fee to cover the costs associated with providing our booking facilities.

Our charges are in line with the rising costs of this service which includes the cost of staffing, banking, developing, and maintaining our booking software and postage.

Our booking fees are as follows:

  • Online sales £2.00

We endeavour to keep our booking fees as low as possible and charge on a per order basis rather than per ticket to ensure this. We also clarify our booking fees before any transaction is completed.

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