Before 5pm, Comedy

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Clever Peter: The Dreams Factory

Stars of their own BBC Radio 4 series, Clever Peter return with a brand-new live show on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Three And Ten, Brighton

Sun 4 May

£8.50 (£7; £6.50) / 07786 984900

  • 13:00

The Cloth Of The World

Meet mermaids, giant gold digging ants and the monopod that uses his foot as an umbrella. This funny and moving show, featuring The Fetch's amazing puppets and visual flair, will entertain and illuminate the medieval world for all ages.

Market Theatre, Ledbury

Sun 29 Jun

£6 (Children £5; £14) / 01432 383663

  • 15:00

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sat 19 Apr

£10 ( £30) / 020 7478 0100

  • 12:30

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

Comedy Club For Kids

Stand-up for a younger audience from guest comedians.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 17 May

£8 / 01539 725133

  • 14:00
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Comedy Coach Tour Liverpool

Experience the humour of Liverpool on a unique sightseeing trip around the city. The hour long tour starts with a bucks fizz and with our professional Scouse comedian's comic impressions, tall tales and wry wit and humour, this event is a must!

The Spice Lounge, Liverpool

Sat 3 May

£18 / 0151 707 2202

  • 14:00 – 15:15

Tabernacle Arts Centre, London W11

Sat 19 Apr

Phone for prices / 020 7221 9700

  • 10:30 – 11:45

Sat 26 Apr

Phone for prices / 020 7221 9700

  • 10:30 – 11:45

Sat 3 May

Phone for prices / 020 7221 9700

  • 10:30 – 11:45
…and 4 more dates until 31 May

Curioddity By Jon Hicks

Performances of the fantastic, acts of the awesome and feats of the mundane. Mr Hicks has collected artistic oddities and performing curios. A one man "cabaret" of silent comedy, magic, live art, illusions, puppetry and the majestically eccentric.

The Famous Spiegeltent & Garden, Brighton

Thu 29 May

£10 (£35 four people)

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Danny Ward: Infra Dig

The Amused Moose Laughter Award winner's second solo stand-up show, in which he explores how modest career success has plunged him into an identity crisis.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Bunker One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Bunker One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Bunker One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

A Dash Through Dickens: The Take Away Theatre Company

A frantic and hilarious journey through the works and extraordinary life of Charles Dickens. You'll be amazed (and sometimes disgusted!) by what it was really like living in Victorian Britain.

The Warren, Brighton

Fri 30 May

£8.50 (£7)

  • 12:30

Sat 31 May

£8.50 (£7)

  • 12:30

Sun 1 Jun

£8.50 (£7)

  • 12:30
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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

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

Demented

  • Directed by: Richard Croxford
  • Written by: Gary Mitchell

A comedy by international award-winning playwright Gary Mitchell that tells the story of a doomed bank heist involving a divorced man going through the man-opause, his dementia-suffering father, his vengeful wheelchair-bound neighbour and an avaricious young woman. Directed by Richard Croxford.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Sun 4 May

Naughton Studio

£11; £13; £16 / 028 9038 1081

  • 15:00

Sat 10 May

Naughton Studio

£11; £13; £16 / 028 9038 1081

  • 15:00

Sun 11 May

Naughton Studio

£11; £13; £16 / 028 9038 1081

  • 15:00
…and 3 more dates until 24 May

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound star in this West End production, based on the 1989 film.

Savoy Theatre, London WC2R

Thu 17 Apr

£24.50–£90 / 0844 871 8046

Sat 19 Apr

£24.50–£90 / 0844 871 8046

Thu 24 Apr

£24.50–£90 / 0844 871 8046

…and 63 more dates until 29 Nov

The Dispute: The Crescent Theatre

  • Directed by: Andrew Cowie
  • Written by: Pierre de Marivaux

Who was the first to be unfaithful? Man or woman? Marivaux's wickedly funny 18th century comedy of love, jealousy and betrayal is presented in Neil Bartlett's superb English translation. 'Perfect' - The Guardian.

The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Sun 4 May

Studio

£11; £6 (£10) / 0121 643 5858

  • 14:45

Sat 10 May

Studio

£11; £6 (£10) / 0121 643 5858

  • 14:45
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Dogs Don't Do Ballet: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2s)

The sublime and the ridiculous combine in this hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams, brought to life by Little Angel Theatre using beautiful puppets, well-loved ballet music and dazzling comedy.

The Albany, London SE8

Sun 20 Apr

£7 ( £24) / 020 8692 4446

  • 13:00
  • 15:00

Theatre Royal, Winchester

Sun 27 Apr

£6 ( £20) / 01962 840440

  • 11:30
  • 14:00

A Dream

  • Written by: Kinny Gardner (adaptation)

Puppets, music, actors and sign language help re-imagine Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Presented by Krazy Kat and featuring a mixed cast of deaf and hearing performers.

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Thu 15 May

£5 / 01902 321321

  • 11:00
  • 13:00

Fri 16 May

£5 / 01902 321321

  • 11:00
  • 13:00

Sat 17 May

£5 / 01902 321321

  • 13:00
  • 15:00

Earl Okin

The comedian and singer-songwriter performs witty and amusing comedy songs.

Ronnie Scott's, London W1D

Sun 8 Jun

£12–£15 / 020 7439 0747

  • 12:00

Edmund Blackadder

An interactive comedy based on the popular historical television sitcom.

The Atkinson, Southport

Sat 13 Dec

£41; £41 inc meal / 01704 533333

  • 13:30

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
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Entertaining Mr Sloan

  • Written by: Joe Orton

Joe Orton's drama about a strange lodger and the strange effect he has on the family he comes to live with, including Kath and her brother who soon fight to win his affections.

Buxton Opera House

Thu 5 Jun

£12.50–£16.50 (Children £8.25; £15) / 0845 127 2190

  • 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

Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Sat 17 May

£14 / 0844 406 8666

  • 14:00

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Sat 19 Apr

£12–£19.50; £7.50 under 26s (Children £10–£17.50; £10–£17.50; £10–£17.50) / 01782 717962

  • 14:15

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The Epic Adventure Of Nhamo The Manyika Warrior And His Sexy Wife Chipo

  • Directed by: Lucian Msamati
  • Written by: Denton Chikura

Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company presents Denton Chikura's comedy drama, inspired by African folklore, in which a goatherd gets the chance to become an international superhero. Directed by Lucian Msamati.

Palace Theatre, Watford

Sat 31 May

£15 (£12.50) / 01923 225671

  • 15:00

Every Last Trick

  • Directed by: Paul Hunter
  • Written by: Tamsin Oglesby (adapt)

Spymonkey and Told By An Idiot present Tamsin Oglesby's new version of Georges Feydeau's ingenious look at the game of infidelity and marriage. Directed by Paul Hunter.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Thu 24 Apr

£10–£28 / 01604 624 811

  • 14:30

Sat 26 Apr

£10–£28 / 01604 624 811

  • 14:30

Thu 1 May

£10–£28 / 01604 624 811

  • 14:30
…and 3 more dates until 10 May

Everything You've Ever Needed to Know Ever (And Some Extra Stuff)

Tiernan Douieb presents his brand new family comedy show. Ages 6+.

Lanark Memorial Hall

Thu 17 Apr

£5 / 01555 667999

  • 14:00
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