The Luminar Group is to open new comedy clubs alongside its nightclubs as part of a new partnership with The Glee Club.
They will open The Glee Club as part of Fiction in Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on May 30 and as part of a Luminar venue in Coventry in September. Luminar hopes to see 20 of its venues hosting comedy nights by the end of the year.
The Glee Club has been running for over 20 years, with comedy clubs in Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and Oxford. The opening in Stoke-on-Trent, in a space formerly run as JJ’s, will be the brand’s first new opening in five years.
Luminar also has partnerships with comedy club groups Jongleurs, Manford’s Comedy Clubs and Just The Tonic.
Luminar’s head of procurement, Philip Cooke, said: “It’s a delight to be working with one of the pioneers of live comedy, with 18 awards for best comedy venue to its name. This is a great addition to our entertainment repertoire. Our clubs are ideal venues to host comedy and we’re looking forward to the opening night with great anticipation.
“Glee has a fantastic reputation for hosting the best comedy talent on the circuit and creating an atmosphere that is loved by both comics and audiences. We know we’ll be delivering some unforgettable nights of first class entertainment in Hanley.”
Mark Tughan, founder of The Glee Clubs, added: “As soon as we were shown the venue, we knew we had lots to offer Hanley. These venues are built for entertainment and we can’t wait to bring some big laughs and top comics to town.”
The Glee Club opened in Birmingham in 1994 – the first purpose-built comedy club outside London. Glee Club Cardiff opened in 2001, with venues in Oxford and Nottingham (pictured) following in 2010.