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Ian Hislop on his historical courtroom thriller with jokes

The Editor of Private Eye Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman's play Trial by Laughter is on in Milton Keynes from 25 Feb until 2 March. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Editor of Private Eye Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman's play "Trial by Laughter" is on in Milton Keynes from 25 February until 2 March.

It's based on real events about the bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone who stood trial in 1871 accused of parodying religion, the government and the monarchy.

Hislop and Newman say it's the story of a forgotten hero of free speech.

Trial by Laughter is about 19th century satirist William Hone. Credit: Submitted

“It’s a courtroom thriller but it’s a historical courtroom thriller with jokes, which means it’s three different genres in one for just one ticket price.”

– Ian Hislop
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