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New city club will be a real laugh.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES & LUKE TRAYNOR

JONGLEURS Comedy Club is coming to Liver pool.

The famous comedy brand, which already runs 16 venues across Britain, is due to open a new club in the Rope Walks area next year.

The closest Jongleurs is in Manchester.

The new club is being created behind the facade of buildings in Seel Street by development company Frenson.

The design is by architects Shed KM, and construction workers from McLeans' small works builders are on site.

Frenson managing director Max Stone said: "The club should be open for business before Christmas next year.

"This is a completely new, purpose-built theatre we're currently excavating.

"It has taken us three years to get Jongleurs to sign, but I was determined to get them.

"What I really want to achieve is a softening of what goes on in Concert Square as it moves out through Seel Street and Wolstenholme Square.

"There's nowhere for people in the 30 to 40 age bracket to lunch or spend their evenings and not be part of the hard drinking."

The new club will be next to a public area and will have links through to Fleet Street and to the new Paradise development.

Jongleurs was founded in Battersea, London, in 1983 by Maria Kempinska, who operates the company with partner John Davy.

The club has helped launch the careers of stars including Harry Enfield and Jack Dee.

Kempinska still selects every comedian who performs for Jongleurs.

A Jongleurs spokesman said: "It's an exciting move to Liverpool which is a great city."

Jongleurs will join Liverpool comedy clubs including Rawhide, run at the Royal Court theatre, and Laughterhouse at the Albert Dock.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2006
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