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Real Hoosewives Fae Glasgow

When Barbara from Bearsden finds out that an American TV producer is in town to find 'The Real Hoosewives fae Glasgow' she gets right on the case. Musical featuring 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', 'I'm So Excited' and lots more.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 7 Feb

£15–£18 / 0141 332 1846

Sat 14 Feb

£15–£18 / 0141 332 1846

Canoeing For Beginners

This comedy about real life and fake death is written by Mike Yeaman (Lucky Numbers) and directed by Cal McCrystal (One Man Two Guvnors).

Royal Court Liverpool

Sat 31 Jan

£12; £15 / 0151 709 4321

Sat 7 Feb

£12; £15 / 0151 709 4321

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar

£22 / 023 8071 1811

The Ghost Train

  • Written by: Arnold Ridley

Dad's Army star Arnold Ridley's classic supernatural chiller, set amongst a group of stranded passengers on a deserted railway station.

The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Thu 29 Jan

£20; £17; £22 ( £18; £11; £15; £11; £20; £11; Children £11 under 16s; Children £11 under 16s; Children £11 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Sat 31 Jan

£20; £17; £22 ( £18; £11; £15; £11; £20; £11; Children £11 under 16s; Children £11 under 16s; Children £11 under 16s) / 01256 844244

Bad Jews

  • Directed by: Michael Longhurst
  • Written by: Joshua Harmon

A vicious comedy written by Joshua Harmon, where in a cramped apartment in Manhattan, family members start quarrelling about faith and legacy.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Thu 29 Jan

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London

Sat 31 Jan

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London

Thu 5 Feb

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London
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King Silly And Friends

Slapstick family entertainment with acrobats, magicians, jesters, jugglers and clowns.

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Mon 16 Feb

Arnhem Gallery

£13.50 (Children £11.50) / 020 8688 9291

He Had Hairy Hands

  • 4 stars

Kill The Beast presents a dark comedy about a town experiencing werewolf attacks, featuring special visuals and original music.

Derby Theatre

Fri 24 Apr

£9 (£6) / 01332 593939

Patrick Kielty: Help

Cheeky stand-up comedy from the Irish comedian and television personality.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sat 11 Apr

£13.75–£27.75 / 028 9024 0411

Voca People

The YouTube sensations take their show on the road – expect a capella / beatboxing and mouth music like you've never heard before.

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Sun 24 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Mon 25 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Allan Stewart's Big Big Variety Show

Allan Stewart presents his big variety show featuring Grant Stott, Andy Gray, Paul Zerdin and more.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 11 Apr

£25 / 0131 529 6000

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Much Ado About Nothing

  • Directed by: Hal Chambers
  • Written by: William Shakespeare

A modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy from Reading Between the Lines, directed by Hal Chambers (Sam Rose In The Shadows) and featuring a dance score from inspired electronic DJ Benjamin Hudson (6 Music, major UK festivals).

Greenwich Theatre, London SE10

Sat 28 Feb

£15 (£12.50) / 020 8858 7755

Play Mas

Mustapha Matura presents a poignant yet comical story which looks at the political landscape of Trinidad in the 1950s.

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Thu 19 Mar

£20; £10 under 30s (£15) / 020 8940 3633

  • 14:30 – 17:00 Play Mas Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Sat 21 Mar

£20; £10 under 30s (£15) / 020 8940 3633

  • 14:30 – 17:00 Play Mas Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Thu 26 Mar

£20; £10 under 30s (£15) / 020 8940 3633

  • 14:30 – 17:00 Play Mas Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
…and 5 more dates until 11 Apr

Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

The Lowry, Salford

Sat 14 Feb

£18.50 / 08432 086000

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.

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Sat 21 Nov

Glasgow Kids Comedy Club

Live comedy for younger fans, particularly those aged 8–12. Every month a selection of comedians tweaks their material for the toughest audience on the planet. No under 5s; all kids must be accompanied by an adult.

The Stand, Glasgow

Sun 1 Feb

£4 / 0844 335 8879

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James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

The master of kids' comedy presents a show packed with proper laughs, without the rude bits. For ages 6+.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 21 Mar

£7.50 / 0141 429 0022

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The Flavel, Dartmouth

Sat 7 Mar

£7 / 01803 39 530

Loughborough Town Hall

Sat 21 Feb

£7 (£5) / 01509 231914

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The Jest

The stars of BBC Radio 4 program Sketchoram perform their critically acclaimed sketch comedy.

The Vaults, London SE1

Sat 31 Jan

£9.50 / 020 7401 9603

  • 16:00 – 17:00 The Jest The Vaults, London

Sun 1 Feb

£9.50 / 020 7401 9603

  • 16:00 – 17:00 The Jest The Vaults, London

Juliet Meyers: Flavour Of The Moth

Witty observations, gags and chatter from the writer and stand-up.

Kayal, Leicester

Sun 22 Feb

£7; £6 adv / 0115 255 4667

Leslie Amateur Dramatic Club

Leslie Amateur Dramatic Club present Three One Act Plays. From the company that brought you The Accidental Death of an Accordionist, Scotland's oldest surviving drama club presents three one act plays. Anyone who has seen them perform will know that members excel comic timing. Prepare to be entertained as they perform…

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Sat 14 Feb

£8 / 01592 611101

Malcolm Stent In The Afternoon

Stories, gags and guest acts.

Solihull Arts Complex

Mon 23 Feb

£10 / 0121 704 6962

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Nina Conti: In Your Face

Comic ventriloquism from Conti, who manages to weave humour and poignancy into her shows. Where hasn't Nina been? Think Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium, Russell Howard’s Good News, Qi and HBO’s Family Tree – she's done it, mad box of puppets in tow. Starting out as an actor, she was a member of the…

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Wed 11 Feb

£15 (£13) / 020 7328 1000

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Duchess Theatre, London WC2B

Thu 29 Jan

£17–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sat 31 Jan

£17–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sun 1 Feb

£17–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 89 more dates until 5 Sep

Psychodermabrasion

A red raw tragicomedy about damage done beneath the skin. Live action fuses with recorded sound and projected image to create an offbeat musical monologue. Painful, audacious and bleakly comic, this is a show for anyone who looks in the mirror and can't.

Jacksons Lane Theatre, London N6

Sat 14 Feb

£14.95 (£12.95) / 020 8340 5226

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

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

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Thu 5 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 7 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Thu 12 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 14 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sister Act: Douglas Choral Union

A musical comedy telling the story of a gangster's moll who ends up in a convent, with a book by Cheers writers Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and score by Alan Menken.

Villa Marina Royal Hall, Isle of Man

Sat 14 Feb

£23–£25 (Children £21–£23 under 16s; £21–£23) / 01624 686801

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