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Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas

Scouse Scrooge-based musical comedy featuring classic hits from soul legend Barry White.

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Sat 20 Dec

£20.75 / 0844 800 0400

Edmund Blackadder

An interactive comedy based on the popular historical television sitcom.

The Atkinson, Southport

Sat 13 Dec

£41; £41 inc meal / 01704 533333

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

Encore

Cabaret group combining comedy sketches and dramatic excerpts taking the audience on a magical, musical journey through many of the West End's biggest hits and beyond.

The Customs House, South Shields

Sat 22 Nov

£14 (£13) / 0191 454 1234

  • 14:30 Encore The Customs House, South Shields

Exit The King

King Berenger the First once ruled over millions of subjects, controled the weather and invented the car but is now facing his demise. A parody of all things tragedies take seriously.

Theatre Royal, Bath

Thu 20 Nov

£19.50 (£14.50) / 01225 448844

Sat 22 Nov

£19.50 (£14.50) / 01225 448844

Thu 27 Nov

£19.50 (£14.50) / 01225 448844

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Faulty Towers

Pre Christmas tickets and gift vouchers have now been released for this globe trotting.

Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 20 Nov

£47.50 / 0844 811 2121

Sat 22 Nov

£47.50 / 0844 811 2121

Fawlty Towers Lunch Party

Four actors from the Moonstone Theatre Company play the classic TV characters of Basil, Manuel, Sybil and Polly in an interactive comedy, theatre and dining experience.

Theatre Royal, Bath

Tue 20 Jan 2015

1805 Rooms

£28 inc meal / 01225 448844

The Flint Street Nativity - By Tim Firth

The Flint Street Nativity by Tim Firth presented by Dunfermline Dramatic Society Mizzi Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Primary School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star…

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Sat 10 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; Children £8) / 01383 602302

Forever Young

A devastating, moving and hilarious look at getting on and letting it all hang out with a host of classic routines, surprisingly athletic dancing and a rock 'n' roll sing-along. From Nirvana to Tom Jones, Aqua to Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin to Gloria Gaynor, nothing is off vocal limits or off key.

Nottingham Playhouse

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£11–£21 / 0115 941 9419

Thu 5 Feb 2015

£11–£21 / 0115 941 9419

The Funny Papers: First Edition

New show by sketch group The Funny Papers, created by Andy Thomas (Crimes Against Humanities Teachers and Thomas and Maloney).

The Brunswick, Hove

Sun 26 Oct

£4 / 01273 733984

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

  • Written by: Stephen Sondheim

A slave named Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door, in this classic Sondheim musical comedy set in the ancient Roman world. Songs include A Comedy Tonight.

Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Sat 8 Nov

£12–£15 / 01245 606505

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: DMTC

  • Written by: Stephen Sondheim

A production of the famous Stephen Sondheim musical set in ancient Rome.

Gala, Durham

Sat 1 Nov

£16.50; £18.50 (£16.50) / 0191 332 4041

Funny Women Advanced Comedy Workshop

An opportunity to hone your skills of performance ready for the stage.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 6 Dec

£65 / 0844 873 3433

George's Marvellous Medicine

George decides to concoct his own medicine for his grandma, with hilarious results. Full of larger-than-life characters, plenty to join in with and just a twist of malicious fun.

Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar

Sat 1 Nov

£12.50 / 01707 645005

Give My Head Peace

Character filled stand-up with Tim McGarry featuring Ulster's favourite dysfunctional family.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£12.25–£25.25 / 028 9024 0411

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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 Green Bay Tree

Mordaunt Shairp's drama about a young man who must choose between the love of his fiancee and the lifestyle offered by his mentor.

Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1Y

Sat 29 Nov

£22 (£18) / 020 7287 2875

Sun 30 Nov

£22 (£18) / 020 7287 2875

Sat 6 Dec

£22 (£18) / 020 7287 2875

…and 5 more dates until 21 Dec

Guys And Dolls: Phoenix Theatre

  • Written by: Jo Swerling

Set in a mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends of musical theatre.

CAST, Doncaster

Sat 15 Nov

£16.50 (£14.50) / 01302 303959

Hay Fever: Oxford Theatre Guild

  • Written by: Noel Coward

Noel Coward's comedy drama set at a chaotic country house party during the 1920s.

Old Fire Station, Oxford

Sat 20 Dec

£13 (£11) / 01865 263980

How The Other Half Loves

  • Directed by: David Kimmins
  • Written by: Alan Ayckbourn

Filled with misunderstandings and hilarious consequences, this wonderfully crafted Ayckbourn play has had audiences in tears of laughter ever since it was written over 40 years ago.

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£10 (£8) / 0161 928 1677

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Howard Read And Little Howard's Big Show

Offbeat humour and comedic songs from Howard Read, followed by an adult version of his interactive animated show with Little Howard.

Polka Theatre, London SW19

Sun 9 Nov

£12.50 (£10) / 020 8543 4888

Huggers: Family Friendly Comedy and Cabaret

A varied comedy and cabaret performance for families, from comedians, street performers, cabaret performers and children's entertainers to competitions, games and prizes. Hosted by Nik Coppin, the show is suitable for families with children aged three to eight.

The Hat Factory, Luton

Thu 30 Oct

£8 ( £24) / 01582 878100

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

Thu 30 Oct

The Lounge

£11 (£9; £36) / 0844 873 3433

Sat 1 Nov

The Lounge

£11 (£9; £36) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 2 Nov

The Lounge

£11 (£9; £36) / 0844 873 3433

The Importance Of Being Earnes

  • Directed by: Adrian Noble
  • Written by: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's parody of Victorian hypocrisy and pomposity is a story centred around two bachelors who are leading double lives in order to attract the attentions of two ladies and the riotous consequences that follow.

Malvern Theatres

Sat 30 May 2015

£19.60–£36.40 / 01684 892 277

The Importance Of Being Earnest

  • Directed by: Kevin Moore
  • Written by: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's perennially popular comedy of manners set in the late Victorian era. Directed by Kevin More.

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Thu 4 Jun 2015

£16.50–£35; £19.50–£29 / 023 8071 1811

Sat 6 Jun 2015

£16.50–£35; £19.50–£29 / 023 8071 1811

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