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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sun 29 Jun

£19.50 / 01892 530613

  • 17:00

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

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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.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sat 26 Apr

£19–£23 / 028 9034 0202

  • 17:00 – 20:30

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

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.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Thu 22 May

£15–£25; £15–£20 / 01223 503333

  • 14:30

Sat 24 May

£15–£25; £15–£20 / 01223 503333

  • 14:30

Darlington Civic Theatre

Thu 19 Jun

£20–£24.50; £17 / 01325 486555

  • 14:00

Sat 21 Jun

£20–£24.50; £17 / 01325 486555

  • 14:30

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Wed 2 Jul

£17.50; £10 under 25s; £14.50–£20; £13–£20.50 disabled; £10 under 25s; £14.50; £10 under 25s; £14.50–£22; £13–£20.50 disabled; £10 under 25s… / 01323 412000

  • 14:30

Sat 5 Jul

£17.50; £10 under 25s; £14.50–£20; £13–£20.50 disabled; £10 under 25s; £14.50; £10 under 25s; £14.50–£22; £13–£20.50 disabled; £10 under 25s… / 01323 412000

  • 14:30

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The Comedy Club 4 Kids Workshop

A special workshop for kids to hone their comedy skills before testing them in front of an audience. One session is for ages 7–11; the other for ages 12–15.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Thu 10 Jul

£20 / 0131 558 8844

Ages 7–11 from 10am; ages 12–15 from 2.30pm.

  • 10:00 – 12:30
  • 14:30 – 17:00
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Encore: Songs From The Shows

A cabaret group that combines comedy sketches and dramatic excerpts which take their audience on a magical, musical journey through many of the West End's biggest hits.

The Customs House, South Shields

Sat 17 May

£14 (Children £13; £13; £13) / 0191 454 1234

  • 14:30

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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David Scheel

David Scheel is a renowned concert pianist who now present shows sending up classical music styles.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sun 11 May

£10 (£8) / 01592 583302

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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Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised!

Racing Minds The Fringe hit returns for a fourth year! Racing Minds present an improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions – unique every day. A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

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

Special Measures

  • Written by: Mark Davies Markham

Mark Davies Markham's comedy drama with a Northern Soul soundtrack, set in a primary school which has been judged as failing by Ofsted. Not suitable for under 14s due to strong language.

Royal Court Liverpool

Sat 26 Apr

£12; £15; £20 / 0151 709 4321

  • 14:00

Wed 30 Apr

£12; £15; £20 / 0151 709 4321

  • 14:00

Sat 3 May

£12; £15; £20 / 0151 709 4321

  • 14:00

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

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Keeping Up With The Joans

  • Directed by: Patrick Wilde
  • Written by: Philip Meeks

Greenwich Theatre and Patrick Wilde present

The Customs House, South Shields

Sat 26 Jul

£10; £12–£14 (Children £12; £12; £12) / 0191 454 1234

  • 14:30

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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Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew: Work In Progress

Subversive and deconstructive humour as the stand-up and former comedic partner of Richard Herring works on new material.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

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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Up Pompeii: Corn Exchange Theatre Players

Based on the original Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, a hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii. Senator Ludicrus Sextus's slave, Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue, he is quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons. Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance what could that…

Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company & Theatre Lounge

Sat 26 Apr

£8 (£6) / 01780 766455

  • 14:30
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Alfie Moore: The Naked Stun

Anecdotal humour by the former police officer about his 18-year stint, exposing the hidden sides of crime investigation.

St Peter's Church, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Four

£6

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Four

£6

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Four

£6

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

Ben Mepsted: Middle Class Idiots

Ben Mepsted / Free Festival Ben Mepsted is just a guy, like any other guy. He is horribly middle class, went to a nice school and has a totally useless degree. In this show he explores some of the middle class idiots that occupy his mind. 40 minutes of laugh out loud characters: expect fun, frolics and singing the…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 24 Aug

Family Planning By Frank Vickery

Written by and starring Frank VickeryThis laugh-out-loud epic is one of Frank's best comedies with misunderstandings and mishaps from start to finish.

Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd

Wed 30 Apr

£12 (£9) / 0800 014 7111

  • 13:00

Sat 3 May

£12 (£9) / 0800 014 7111

  • 14:30

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

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 26 Apr

£47 / 0131 556 6040

Sun 27 Apr

£47 / 0131 556 6040

Sat 17 May

£47 / 0131 556 6040

…and 31 more dates until 31 Aug

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Mon 11 Aug

£75 / 0131 556 6040

  • 10:00

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sun 4 May

Elgar Room

£67.30 / 0845 401 5045

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