For nearly a year Camden's Vanguard Theatre was home to the Peaky Blinders immersive show The Rise.

Now, an upstairs space in Stables Market will host weekend comedy nights in an intimate 76 seat venue, with adjacent bar in what was formerly Alfie Solomon's office.

The series of 24 stand up nights; Live At The Vanguard kicks off on Friday July 21 at the venue in North Yard. Run in partnership with Quip Shed Comedy, line-ups will be announced week by week with "TV headliners" mingling with emerging talent.

Ham & High: Ed Gamble has performed at past Quip Shed nightsEd Gamble has performed at past Quip Shed nights

Recent Quip Shed nights have featured the likes of Ed Gamble and Andrew Maxwell, with other comics appearing at their venues including Darren Harriott, Stephen K Amos, Ivo Graham, Janine Harouni, Rhys James, Michael Odewale, Lou Sanders, Seann Walsh, and Phil Wang.

"We will release the full line up by the Wednesday before which means we can grab really good comedians who are doubling up on shows and can play before or after another booking," said Quip Shed's co-founder Jocasta King.

"We pride ourselves on using big, established names and up and coming acts who are really good but have maybe not signed with an agent. It's a great platform for them."

Ham & High: The club has both regular seating and cabaret style table seating and will host both emerging stand ups and big name performers.The club has both regular seating and cabaret style table seating and will host both emerging stand ups and big name performers. (Image: Hartshorn Hook Productions)

King's partner Lyle Barke is a comic, and the duo started running comedy nights back in January 2022.

"We started with one small venue with no plan for going beyond that and it's grown exponentially with lots now across London," added King.

"We have an incredible reputation for looking after our comedians, some promoters might not pay on time, or cancel last minute, but we understand the industry, and know what people want, and we also know what an audience wants from a night." 

She said The Vanguard is "ideal for a great comedy night".

"You can feel immersed in what you are watching, there's a nice atmosphere, and the location is wonderful in such a buzzing area."

Andrew Mills, head of venues for theatre production company Hartshorn Hook, said the over 18s club will have a mix of cabaret-style tables and regular seating, with a 3 by 2 metre stage.

The company, which is behind West End musicals, and immersive shows based on Great Gatsby and Doctor Who, have taken out a 15-year lease on the former Victorian Horse Hospital.

"Peaky Blinders was a huge success. We are now rehearsing to take it to Saudi Arabia and are looking for new shows for The Vanguard. It's a great space and the plan is to fill it with immersive shows - not just our own productions. Immersive theatre is a growing strand of entertainment that appeals to a younger demographic who don't want to sit in a stuffy West End theatre but want a more interactive experience."

Live at the Vanguard runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 10pm from July 21 to August 26. Cabaret style seating is £19.50 and regular seating £12.50. Booking through Design my Night.