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Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point (The Powerpoint)

The comedian/writer/general brainbox's new tour is centred around on his trademark powerpoint presentations, with wit and hilarity in shedloads.

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 23 Nov

£21 / 08432 086000

Lee Mack: Hit the Road Mack

Sharp one-liners and high energy banter from the BAFTA award-winning comic and star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie to You.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 6 Dec

£28.50 / 01702 351135

Colston Hall, Bristol

Sat 4 Oct

£27.50 / 0117 922 3686

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Sat 25 Oct

£27.50 / 0844 249 4300

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One Man, Two Guvnors

National Theatre's satirical, slapstick production based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. Featuring Gavin Spokes as Francis Henshall and Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) as Charlie Clench.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Wed 23 Jul

£15–£30; £12–£24; £15–£30; £17–£32.50 (£9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; Children £21–£25 under 18s) / 01274 432000

  • 14:00

Sat 26 Jul

£15–£30; £12–£24; £15–£30; £17–£32.50 (£9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; £9.50–£30; Children £21–£25 under 18s) / 01274 432000

  • 14:30

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 14 Aug

£10–£35

Sat 16 Aug

£10–£35

Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 28 May

£19–£21.50 / 0844 338 5000

Sat 31 May

£19–£21.50 / 0844 338 5000

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…and at 6 other places

Entertaining Mr Sloane

  • Directed by: Michael Cabot
  • Written by: Joe Orton

Joe Orton's unique blend of farce and black comedy was first staged at the Arts Theatre in London in 1964, winning the London Critics Variety award for best play of the year.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sat 5 Jul

£9.50–£17.75; £13–£20 (£8.75–£15.75; £8.75–£18) / 02476 553055

  • 14:30

Derby Theatre

Wed 11 Jun

£14.50–£21.50; £10.50–£15.50; £16.50–£21.50 (£16.50–£19.50; £11.50–£13.50; £19.50–£23.50) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Sat 14 Jun

£14.50–£21.50; £10.50–£15.50; £16.50–£21.50 (£16.50–£19.50; £11.50–£13.50; £19.50–£23.50) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Wed 18 Jun

£14–£18; £14–£18 (£12–£16; £12–£16; £15) / 01253 290190

  • 14:30

Sat 21 Jun

£14–£18; £14–£18 (£12–£16; £12–£16; £15) / 01253 290190

  • 14:30

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Uncle Varick

A play where 60s London collides with remote Scotland.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

£16.50–£25 / 0131 529 6000

  • 14:30

Sat 10 May

£16.50–£25 / 0131 529 6000

  • 14:30
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Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

An irreverent show performed in period costume, borne from suggestions from the audience.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Ritz and Connaught Cinema, Worthing

Sat 21 Jun

£14.50 (£12.50) / 01903 206206

  • 16:30

Rising Damp

  • Written by: Eric Chappell

ITV's top comedy of all time comes to the stage in a brand-new production from the Comedy Theatre Company.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Wed 4 Jun

£23.50–£25.50; £20.50–£23.50 (£21.50–£23.50; £18.50–£21.50) / 01892 530613

  • 14:30

Buxton Opera House

Wed 25 Jun

£18–£20; £15–£17 ( £12) / 0845 127 2190

  • 14:30

Capitol, Horsham

Wed 9 Jul

£15; £22.50 (£20) / 01403 750 220

  • 14:30

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Catch 22

  • Written by: Joseph Heller (adapt)

Northern Stage presents Philip Arditti as Yossarian in Joseph Heller's stage adaptation of his own darkly humorous novel, in which the Second World War bombardier becomes enmeshed in the lethal absurdities of war. Directed by Rachel Chavkin. Not suitable for under 14s.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Thu 22 May

The House

£13.50–£30; £22.50–£35 / 0121 236 4455

  • 14:00

Sat 24 May

The House

£13.50–£30; £22.50–£35 / 0121 236 4455

  • 14:00

The Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford

Thu 12 Jun

£11–£26.50 / 01865 305305

  • 14:30

Sat 14 Jun

£11–£26.50 / 01865 305305

  • 14:30

Derby Theatre

Wed 18 Jun

£14.50–£21.50; £10.50–£21.50; £16.50–£25.50 / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Sat 21 Jun

£14.50–£21.50; £10.50–£21.50; £16.50–£25.50 / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

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April in Paris

A warm-hearted comedy about a married couple's first experience abroad.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 7 Aug

£10–£29.50

Sat 9 Aug

£10–£29.50

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 21 Aug

£10–£29.50 / 08441 717620

Sat 23 Aug

£10–£29.50 / 08441 717620

Derby Theatre

Sat 28 Jun

£10.50–£15.50; £14.50–£21.50; £16.50–£21.50 (£11.50–£13.50; £16.50–£19.50; £19.50–£23.50) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Thu 3 Jul

£10.50–£15.50; £14.50–£21.50; £16.50–£21.50 (£11.50–£13.50; £16.50–£19.50; £19.50–£23.50) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30

Sat 5 Jul

£10.50–£15.50; £14.50–£21.50; £16.50–£21.50 (£11.50–£13.50; £16.50–£19.50; £19.50–£23.50) / 01332 593939

  • 14:30
…and 2 more dates until 12 Jul

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Things We Do For Love

  • Directed by: Laurence Boswell

Natalie Imbruglia stars in Alan Ayckbourn's farce.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Thu 8 May

£15–£35; £15–£30 / 01223 503333

  • 14:30

Sat 10 May

£15–£35; £15–£30 / 01223 503333

  • 14:30

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 12 Jun

£10–£34 / 08441 717620

Sat 14 Jun

£10–£34 / 08441 717620

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thu 15 May

£10–£30; £9.50–£22.50; £12–£32.50 / 029 2087 8889

  • 14:30

Sat 17 May

£10–£30; £9.50–£22.50; £12–£32.50 / 029 2087 8889

  • 14:30

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Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Ruby's new show is all about sanity and how we can cling onto it.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 7 Aug

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

The satirical cabaret trio – Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman – take their new show on tour.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Sun 11 May

£20–£35 / 0844 264 2140

  • 15:00

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The BBC Radio panel show, featuring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee bringing puns, innuendo and swannee whistles to the world for nigh on 40 years.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Sun 27 Apr

£23 / 0844 338 5000

Bless 'Em All

A nostalgic tribute to the armed forces of yesteryear in with music from 1940s that will bring a tear to every eye. Starring comedy entertainer Steve Barclay alongside ukulele player Andy Eastwood and singer Lucia Mattise. With full supporting cast of singers Jamie Steen and Mervyn Francis and the live music from the…

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

£13 / 0870 607 7533

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier

Tue 6 May

£15 / 01263 512495

  • 14:30

Thameside Theatre, Grays

Thu 19 Jun

£12.50 / 0845 300 5264

  • 14:00

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Dirty Dancin In Le Shebeen

The dust has settled in the estate after the shenanigans of Maggie's last adventure and now she and her buck-eejit sidekick, Big Sally-Ann are planning a birthday party in the Shebeen.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sun 20 Apr

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

  • 14:30

Mon 21 Apr

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

  • 14:30

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sat 26 Apr

£19–£23 / 028 9034 0202

  • 17:00 – 20:30
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Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

  • Directed by: Sean Foley
  • Written by: P G Wodehouse (book)

A new comedy based on the writings of PG Wodehouse, starring Stephen Mangan as aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Matthew Macfadyen as his trust valet, Jeeves, who is called in to help his master play matchmaker in the countryside. Directed by Sean Foley.

The Duke Of York's Theatre, London WC2N

Wed 23 Apr

£20–£59.50 Premium Seats £85 / 0845 505 8500

  • 14:30

Sat 26 Apr

£20–£59.50 Premium Seats £85 / 0845 505 8500

  • 14:30

Wed 30 Apr

£20–£59.50 Premium Seats £85 / 0845 505 8500

  • 14:30
…and 41 more dates until 20 Sep

The Hexagon, Reading

Sat 1 Nov

£27.50–£31.50 / 0118 960 6060

  • 14:00

Open All Hours

  • Written by: Roy Clarke OBE

An adaptation of Roy Clarke OBE's popular BBC TV sitcom set in a corner shop, which blends together classic moments and memorable lines from over 20 episodes.

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Sat 26 Jul

£14.50–£16.50 / 01743 281281

  • 14:30

A Play, a Pie and a Pint: The Queen Of Lucky People

Black comedy about a new retiree discovering the joys of social networking. Ticket includes a pie and a pint.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Mon 21 Apr

£10–£25 / 0141 357 6200

Tue 22 Apr

£10–£25 / 0141 357 6200

Wed 23 Apr

£10–£25 / 0141 357 6200

…and 3 more dates until 26 Apr

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 13:00

Wed 30 Apr

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 13:00

Thu 1 May

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 13:00
…and 2 more dates until 3 May

Still Game

  • Cast: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill

The stage version of Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill's TV sitcom of ageing disgracefully, starring Ford Kiernan as Jack Jarvis and Greg Hemphill as Victor McDade.

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Sat 20 Sep

£30–£45 / 0141 248 3000

  • 14:30

Sun 21 Sep

£30–£45 / 0141 248 3000

  • 14:30

Sat 27 Sep

£30–£45 / 0141 248 3000

…and 3 more dates until 5 Oct

Gyles Brandreth: Looking For Happiness

  • 3 stars

They say all political careers end in tears. In Gyles Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip turns stand-up. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known (one-to-one) and the wicked ways of Westminster (no expenses spared). Without hesitation…

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 3 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

Sun 4 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

Sat 10 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

Sun 11 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

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Bugsy Malone

A performance of the famous musical set in New York 1929 as a war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.

Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth

Sat 26 Apr

£14 (£12; Children £10; £5) / 023 9273 7370

  • 14:00

Casual Encounters

Nologo Productions presents the tale of a couple who decide to spice up their marriage – with unexpected consequences.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 1

£7 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 16 Aug

Hamlet Private Eye

An utterly re-imagined slapstick tale of Hamlet.

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Aug

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

22nd YEAR. Just arrived? Then here's the showcase just for you. Every day Mervyn and his team carefully research the Fringe and bring you live extracts from eight top shows in a packed 90 minute lunchtime extravaganza. And every day there is a different selection. Pick the ones you like and then go and see them.

St Peter's Church, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

One

£11 (£10)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

One

£11 (£10)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

One

£11 (£10)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 24 Aug

Bugsy Malone: Summer Youth Project

A slapstick musical comedy set in a 1920s speakeasy.

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Sat 23 Aug

£12–£15 / 01793 524481

  • 14:30

Sun 24 Aug

£12–£15 / 01793 524481

  • 13:00
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