2023 is set to be the BIGGEST year of Nine Lessons EVER.

For the 2023 season we return to Kings Place in London for three nights of our unique blend of science, comedy, music and mayhem, and the now traditional family matinee, PLUS we’re headed back north for the first time in four years with two nights at Contact in Manchester. And since our Christmas Compendium of Reason show is taking a breather this year you can expect Nine Lessons 2023 to be one to remember.

As ever Robin Ince will be your trusty host for all the shows along with a plethora of amazing guests. Don’t miss out!

Tickets are on sale now!

Once again profits from the show will be going to our chosen charities who this year are Two Wheels for Life, Young Lives vs Cancer & BookTrust.

“An endearingly shambolic, joyful lucky dip of a show”.
The Guardian

December 1 & 2- 7:00pm

December 15, 16 & 17 – 7:00pm
Family Matinee Dec 16 – 11:30am

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Check out what went on at last year’s shows on this page.

Performers set to appear in 2023 include:

Manchester Friday Dec 1st

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

Manchester Saturday Dec 2nd

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

London Friday December 15th

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

London Saturday December 16th Family Matinee

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

London Saturday December 16th Evening

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

London Sunday December 17th

And more to be announced (and not announced…)

About the Show

“The antidote to the ignorance and unkindness sweeping the world.” Chortle


Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People is Robin Ince’s ground-breaking creation, the original variety night mashing up science, comedy, music and more. Born more than 15 years ago, this much-loved end of year tradition plays annually to sold out live audiences each year, pandemics permitting.
The aim of the show is promote curiosity and wonder of the world, and Universe, around us. There is delight to be found in every thing from quantum physics to puppetry to folk music to mathematics to absurdist comedy to poetry to biology to jazz to, well, to everything. The only prerequisite for Nine Lessons is an inquiring mind. As Robin says, ‘If you show people interesting things, they will be interested’.
Previous performers have included the likes of Prof Brian Cox, Sara Pascoe, Josie Long, Stewart Lee, Alice Roberts, Jim Al-Khalili, Jarvis Cocker, Grace Petrie, Mary Beard and many, many more.

Learn About This Year's Charities

All profits from this event will be split between our three chosen charities for 2023


BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. We are dedicated to getting children reading. Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.

Two Wheels For Life

Two Wheels for Life have been solving the problem of getting health care to communities in Africa for three decades, working to strengthen countries’ healthcare systems by providing reliable and cost effective transport for health workers.

Young Lives vs Cancer

Young Lives vs Cancer, the operating name for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Its care teams provide specialist support across the UK from diagnosis onwards and aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

Foodbank Collection

We aim to have a local foodbank collection at both shows. Watch this space for details.

Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People is curated and produced by Trent Burton, Robin Ince & Melinda Burton
Live Images by Monika S. Jakubowska, Natalie Shaw & Dave Hughes.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of unforeseen circumstances the lineup is subject to change without notice.
Cerys Bradley Pic by Steve Ullathorne.