We’re back. Of course we are.

For the 2022 season we return to Kings Place for two nights of the usual cavalcade of science, comedy, music and mayhem plus a now traditional family matinee too. As ever Robin Ince will be your intrepid host for all three shows along with a raft of amazing guests. Tickets are on sale now!

Once again profits from the show will be going to our chosen charities who this year are Turn2Us: Fighting UK Poverty and Together for Short Lives.

December 16 and 17 – 7:00pm

Family Matinee December 17 – 11:30am

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

All shows are in Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. 

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

Performers set to appear in 2022 include:

December 16


December 17 Family Matinee


December 17 Evening Show


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 two chosen charities for 2021.

Together for Short Lives

A charity that wants to help every child and family living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition get the very best care and support they can so they can make the most of every moment together


Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially.

Foodbank Collection

Due to unforeseen logistical complications there will not be a food bank collection at this year’s shows. However you can still donate to our friends at Bow Foodbank and Euston Foodbank by visiting their websites.

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

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of unforeseen circumstances the lineup is subject to change without notice.