The Dark Room…Knaresborough Comedy Festival

Date(s) - 21 July 2018
10:30pm - 11:30pm

Frazer Theatre
North Yorkshire

Running from 20th to 28th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see nine great shows from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews. On Saturday 21st July the double bill show will be followed at 10:30pm by John Robertson’s The Dark Room, which was the hit of last year’s festival.
You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience, must choose an option.


Will you: A) Find the Light Switch? B) Cry for Help? C) Go North?


Come and play the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game! It’s a choose-your-own-adventure! So choose it!


The Dark Room blurs the lines between comedy and game show and the audience play as contestants. The rules are simple:


1 – Options appear on the screen.

2 – Audience calls out the option they want.

3 – You’re either right, or dead.

4 – In the end, everybody plays!


Originally an interactive YouTube game, the Dark Room went viral and attracted more than 4 million views. Comedian John Robertson then transformed the game into a live show, and so far, has enjoyed sell out shows at Insomnia Gaming Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, EB Games Expo and MCM Comic Con.



“Not to be missed” – The Guardian

“One of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it” – Daily Telegraph

★★★★★”You have to see the Dark Room as least once in your life” – The Sun

★★★★★ “You must see this show” – British Comedy Guide

★★★★”Great fun, nostalgic, but also a fresh angle for comedy” – Den of Geek


The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room
Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill
Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill 

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40
(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18
(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.

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