We’re back for 2018!

December 14, 15, 19, 20

Kings Place, London, N1


Last year saw the triumphant return of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People after a couple of years absence. So after four sold out nights in 2017, we’re back for more, with a slight change of name.

These shows have always been about celebrating the best humanity has to offer and our curiosity about the universe around us. That’s something The Cosmic Shambles Network has always been about too. So this year, we’ve made the slightest of adjustments to the name. Welcome to Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People. We’re at a time in human history where positive curiosity has never been in more demand. So across four nights this December you can expect the same sort of shambles as always. Rose D’Or winner Robin Ince hosts the variety night like no other. Science, comedy, music, poetry and many other things that will cause us to overrun…

Read about last year’s shows here.

This year’s shows will be in the main hall at the fabulous Kings Place situated just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras station at 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Once again we will be collecting for the Trussell Trust Food Bank so please bring along some non perishable items to contribute. You can check the drop down box below to see the most desperately needed items. And, as always, the profits from these shows will be going to charity. Our chosen charities this year are Two Wheels for Life and Mind.

Trussell Trust Urgently Needed Items

The Trussell Trust already have too many tins of beans and pasta, and storage is limited, so please don’t bring anymore of these items.

Who’s On?

Each night will feature a HUGE roster of performers. While there’s always a few extra guests on the night, we’ll be listing most of the performers here over the months leading up to the shows. New people will be added all the time.

Friday December 14th

Robin Ince

Dr Helen Czerski

Dr Adam Rutherford

Dr Hannah Fry

Dallas Campbell

Ben Moor

Ginny Smith

Dr Andrew Steele

Philip Ball

Nikesh Shukla

Dr Brenna Hassett

George Egg

Jo Neary

Greg Foot

Dr Hannah Critchlow


Matt Watson

Rautio Piano Trio

Dunja Lavrova

Will Bartlett

Saturday December 15th

Robin Ince

Prof Chris Lintott

Dr Hannah Fry

Dr Suzie Imber

Dr Adam Rutherford

Dr Suzi Gage

Dr Dean Burnett

Steve Pretty

Michael Legge

Prof Sophie Scott

She Makes War

Jim Moray

Octavia Poetry Collective

George Egg

Femi & Marco

Jo Neary

Miranda Lowe

Howard Read

Will Bartlett

Alice Pratley

Wednesday December 19th

Robin Ince

Josie Long

Dr Ben Goldacre

Matt Parker

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Prof Lucie Green

Grace Petrie

Prof Monica Grady

Prof Mark Miodownik

Joshua Idehen

Spencer Kelly

Helen Arney

Bec Hill

Seb Lee-Delisle

Jonny and the Baptists

Dr Cheryl Patrick

Zoe Griffiths

Dunja Lavrova

Will Bartlett

Thursday December 20th

Robin Ince

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Helen Czerski

Prof Lucie Green

Helen Zaltzman

Matt Parker

Grace Petrie

Prof Jon Butterworth

Dr Lucy Rogers

Dr Katie Steckles

Dr Kat Arney

Simon Watt

Chris Stokes

Jonny Berliner

Dr Jennifer Rogers

Peter Buckley Hill

Tiernan Douieb

Dunja Lavrova

Will Bartlett


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

Main image by Steve Best