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Billy Smart's Circus

This all human performance includes a trapeze act, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and a fire tricks, all soundtracked by a live band.

Ealing Common, London W5

Sat 25 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Sun 26 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

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

Waterstones, Yeovil

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 01935 479832

WHSmith, Cardiff

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 029 2039 0088

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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

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

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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

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

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

Theatre Royal, Bath

Sun 26 Oct

£17.50–£19.50 / 01225 448844

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Sat 8 Nov

£21.50 / 01483 440000

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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 25 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sun 26 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 30 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 43 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

Abigail’s Party

  • Directed by: Suba Das
  • Written by: Mike Leigh

It's 1977. Beverly, former beautician and devout Tom Jones fan, is throwing a little party for her neighbours: newlyweds Tony and Angela, and divorcee Sue…

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Sat 25 Oct

£10 Preview; £20; £10 Preview; £18; £18; £20 ( £17.05; £17.05; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £17.05; £17.05; Children £10 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

Tue 28 Oct

£10 Preview; £20; £10 Preview; £18; £18; £20 ( £17.05; £17.05; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £17.05; £17.05; Children £10 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

Sat 1 Nov

£10 Preview; £20; £10 Preview; £18; £18; £20 ( £17.05; £17.05; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £15.50; £17.05; £17.05; Children £10 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

…and 2 more dates until 8 Nov

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

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 26 Oct

Free / 0131 558 7272

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0131 558 7272

Sun 9 Nov

Free / 0131 558 7272

…and 4 more dates until 7 Dec

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

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Sat 25 Oct

£27.50 / 0844 249 4300

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Sat 29 Nov

£27.50 / 0151 709 3789

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Out Of Order: Newchurch Drama Group

  • Written by: Ray Cooney

A production of the popular farce by Ray Cooney in which Junior Minister Richard Willey plans a night of illicit passion at the Westminster Hotel with the opposition leader's secretary.

Shanklin Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

£10 / 01983 868000

Over My Dead Body

  • Written by: Derek Benfield

Derek Benfield's comedy about life-after-death explores such a situation with compassion, honesty and a huge slab of humour.

Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

Sat 25 Oct

£10 (Children £9; £9; £9) / 020 8553 4466

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

Alex the Magician: Tricky Tricks

Fun and funny illusions from Alex the Magician, which will have the whole family in stitches.

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Glasgow

Sat 25 Oct

£6.50 (£5.95) / 0141 339 6185

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The Distance

  • Directed by: Charlotte Gwinner
  • Written by: Deborah Bruce

A sharp and contemporary comedy drama about big decisions, motherhood, keeping control and letting go. Written by Deborah Bruce and directed by Charlotte Gwinner.

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Sat 25 Oct

£15; £20 / 020 8940 3633

Thu 30 Oct

£15; £20 / 020 8940 3633

Sat 1 Nov

£15; £20 / 020 8940 3633

…and 2 more dates until 8 Nov

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

'Sybil', 'Basil' and 'Manuel' recreate the chaotic John Cleese sitcom experience, while you enjoy a three course dinner. Nope, doesn't sound very safe to us, either. Booking is essential.

The Charing Cross Hotel, London WC2N

Sat 25 Oct

£50 / 0131 556 6040

Sun 26 Oct

£50 / 0131 556 6040

Sat 1 Nov

£50 / 0131 556 6040

…and 75 more dates until 30 Aug 2015

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Blue Lounge

£42.50 inc meal / 0131 556 6040

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Blue Lounge

£42.50 inc meal / 0131 556 6040

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Blue Lounge

£42.50 inc meal / 0131 556 6040

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Musical comedy, plus silly stories and poems from the acclaimed comic in a family friendly performance.

The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Tue 28 Oct

£6 (£5; £20) / 01249 701628

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed

Intelligent humour about being spied on by a large company.

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Sat 6 Dec

£18; £22 (£15; £15) / 020 7328 1000

Sat 13 Dec

£18; £22 (£15; £15) / 020 7328 1000

The Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth

Sat 15 Nov

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

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Stepping Out

  • Written by: Richard Harris

Amateur production of a heart-warming comedy written by Richard Harris and directed by Lin Blakley

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Sat 25 Oct

Wilde Theatre

£16; £13 (£15; £15; £14; £14) / 01344 484 123

Sun 26 Oct

Wilde Theatre

£16; £13 (£15; £15; £14; £14) / 01344 484 123

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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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 2 Nov

£4 / 0844 335 8879

Sun 9 Nov

£4 / 0844 335 8879

Sun 7 Dec

£4 / 0844 335 8879

The Importance Of Being Earnest: The Norwich Players

  • Directed by: Jeffrey Davies
  • Written by: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's satire targeting the Victorian upper-class, directed by Jeffrey Davies.

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Sat 1 Nov

£12; £8 (£10; £10; £5) / 01603 620917

The Picture Of Doreen Gray

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding of LipService, present their latest comedy, in which a glamorous radio show host and television presenter finds her youthful looks are questioned during a school reunion.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

£11–£19.50 / 0161 624 2829

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Sat 8 Nov

£10–£21.50 / 01723 370541

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