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Kevin Bridges: We Need to Talk About …

The Glaswegian comedian signs copies of his new book, We Need To Talk about … Kevin Bridges.

ASDA, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0131 669 9151

WHSmith, Nottingham

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0115 947 0772

WHSmith, North West England

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0151 707 6606

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

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Sat 29 Nov

£27.50 / 0151 709 3789

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Sun 30 Nov

£27.50 / 0115 989 5555

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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 2015

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sex And The Three Day Week

  • Directed by: Serdar Bilis
  • Written by: Stephen Sharkey

Stephen Sharkey's farce about midlife crises, mistaken identities and misfiring sexual shenanigans, set in 1970s Britain. Philip is frustrated. While his wife Angela thinks he's past it, he wants to spend a night with Catherine from next door. When the naughty neighbours check in at the Paradise Hotel, it's a night to…

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Thu 11 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

Sat 13 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

Thu 18 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

…and 5 more dates until 10 Jan 2015

Liverpool Playhouse

Thu 11 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

Sat 13 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

Thu 18 Dec

£12–£25 / 0151 709 4776

…and 5 more dates until 10 Jan 2015

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

Sat 1 Nov

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sun 2 Nov

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 6 Nov

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

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The Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth

Sat 15 Nov

£14; £14 ( £11.50; Children £11.50 under 18s) / 01305 783225

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

  • Directed by: Val Wilson
  • Written by: Jim Cartright

In this heart-warming tale shy Little Voice spends most of her time hidden away with her late father's record collection, perfecting her astonishing impersonations. Her extraordinary talent remains a secret until she is overheard by a local talent scout, who determined to make the big time, sets about creating the show of…

Derby Theatre

Sat 1 Nov

£10.50–£22.50 / 01332 593939

Sun 9 Nov

£10.50–£22.50 / 01332 593939

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 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 11 Apr 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Hay Fever

  • Written by: Noel Coward

Noel Coward's famous comedy about a quiet weekend in the country that turns out to be an exhausting and hilarious debacle.

Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 1 Nov

£12 (£10.50)

  • 15:00 Hay Fever Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

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

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Sat 8 Nov

£21.50 / 01483 440000

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Elephants

  • Written by: Rose Heiney

An evening of Christmas fun and festivity at Richard and Sally's house is overshadowed by the disaster that was last Christmas, and dark secrets and surprising revelations are in store. A comedy drama written by Rose Heiney.

Hampstead Theatre, London NW3

Sat 13 Dec

Hampstead Downstairs

£5; £12 (£10) / 020 7722 9301

Sat 20 Dec

Hampstead Downstairs

£5; £12 (£10) / 020 7722 9301

Wed 24 Dec

Hampstead Downstairs

£5; £12 (£10) / 020 7722 9301

…and 7 more dates until 17 Jan 2015

Scouse Of The Antarctic

The Royal Court Christmas show is back and this time it's cooler than ever! A Russian and US submarine race to the North Pole to claim mineral rights. The last thing they expect to find when they get there is a scouser with a bobble hat on!

Royal Court Liverpool

Sat 22 Nov

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

Sat 29 Nov

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

Sat 6 Dec

£13–£23 / 0151 709 4321

…and 6 more dates until 17 Jan 2015

Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£30 / 01702 351135

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 25 Apr 2015

£26.50 / 01604 624 811

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sat 29 Nov

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£25.50 / 0844 875 0073

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar 2015

£22 / 023 8071 1811

I Need a Doctor: The Unauthorised Whosical Adventure

How do you put on a Doctor Who musical without getting shut down by the BBC? Watch as our heroes battle copyright-free villains the 'Exterminators' and 'Cyber-gents' in this award-winning musical comedy hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 1 Nov

The Lounge

£11 (£9; £36) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 2 Nov

The Lounge

£11 (£9; £36) / 0844 873 3433

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The Last Of The Summer Wine: The Norwich Players

  • Directed by: Rebecca Wass

Rebecca Wass directs a comedy based on the popular TV series.

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Sat 29 Nov

£12; £8 (£10; £10; £5) / 01603 620917

Otiz Cannelloni: History of Magic – Abridged!

  • 3 stars

Questionable magic tricks, fake illusions and not-so-sleight of hand mixed with cheeky one-liners and patter.

G Live, Guildford

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£10 (Children £8 under 16s) / 0844 770 1797

Stu and Garry's Free Improv Show

Regular freestyle comedy wizards Stuart Murphy and Garry Dobson fire up the imagination with another slice of improv action.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0131 558 7272

Sun 9 Nov

Free / 0131 558 7272

Sun 16 Nov

Free / 0131 558 7272

…and 3 more dates until 7 Dec

Urinetown The Musical

  • Directed by: Jamie Lloyd

In a city set in the future, suffering from a drought of terrible proportions, a business tycoon has made his vast wealth through monopolising all the public toilets. This place is not the place to get caught short and if you do, you will be sent to a place where no-one has ever returned from. Urinetown. Musical comedy…

Apollo Theatre, London W1D

Sat 1 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 0844 482 9671

Thu 6 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 0844 482 9671

Sat 8 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 0844 482 9671

…and 24 more dates until 24 Jan 2015

Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Taunton

Sat 1 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 01823 337477

Thu 6 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 01823 337477

Sat 8 Nov

£19.50–£59.50 / 01823 337477

…and 24 more dates until 24 Jan 2015

69 Shades Of Black

Former Steps pop band member Faye Tozer stars in an adult comedy responding to the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sun 7 Jun 2015

The Beacon Theatre

£20 / 01475 723723

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Beached

A comedy about Arty, the world's fattest teenager. At 63 stone, he is a young man literally going nowhere. All that is set to change when a reality TV crew moves in to ruthlessly document Arty's transformation from bedridden walrus to trousered sophisticate.

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 1 Nov

£10 preview; £12 (£11) / 01227 787787

  • 14:00 Beached The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Best In Stand Up

Exactly what it says on the tin – The Comedy Store presents its best stand ups.

The Comedy Store, London SW1Y

Fri 28 Nov

£14 (£9) / 0844 871 7699

The best in stand-up comedy night with MC Rob Rouse winner of 'So You Think You're Funny?' , Geoff Norcott as seen on 8 out of 10 Cats, Alun Cochrane, Steve Gribbin plus a special guest plus an open spot.

Sat 29 Nov

£19 (£14) / 0844 871 7699

The best in stand-up comedy night with MC Rob Rouse winner of 'So You Think You're Funny?' , Geoff Norcott as seen on 8 out of 10 Cats, Alun Cochrane, Steve Gribbin plus a special guest plus an open spot.

Sat 6 Dec

£19 (£14) / 0844 871 7699

Stand-up comedy performances from MC Jason Cook, Paul Thorne, Paul Tonkinson, Markus Birdman, Joe Lycett plus an open spot.

Fri 19 Dec

£19 (£14) / 0844 871 7699

The best in stand-up comedy night with internationally acclaimed Gordon Southern, Jo Caulfield who is very popular on the UK circuit and Nathan Caton as seen on The Nathan Caton Show plus a special guest plus an open spot.

Bouncers

  • Written by: John Godber

John Godber's classic comedy of life on the door in the early 90s, in which four actors play around 30 characters between them.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Phone for prices / 01242 572573

  • 14:00 Bouncers Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

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

Eric and Little Ern

  • Directed by: Owen Lewis
  • Written by: Dick Hills

A tribute to the stage and screen duo, performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 8 Nov

£16 / 01604 624 811

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Sat 20 Dec

£35 / 0844 264 2140

Sun 21 Dec

£35 / 0844 264 2140

Fri 26 Dec

£35 / 0844 264 2140

…and 9 more dates until 11 Jan 2015

Theatre Royal, Bath

Sun 2 Nov

£17.50–£22.50 / 01225 448844

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