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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

Waterstones, Yeovil

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 01935 479832

WHSmith, Manchester

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0161 834 8300

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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

Thu 23 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Fri 24 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Sat 25 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Sun 26 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

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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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

Thu 23 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sat 25 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sun 26 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 44 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

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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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

Open All Hours

  • Written by: Roy Clarke OBE

An adaptation of Roy Clarke OBE's popular BBC TV sitcom set in a corner shop, which blends together classic moments and memorable lines from over 20 episodes.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Sat 25 Oct

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

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

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

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

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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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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

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

Rebecca Humphries: Dizney Rascal

After acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London, Rebecca Humphries (Big Bad World, Cardinal Burns) brings her witty and wonderful musical take on Disney's good - and bad - points to the Brighton Comedy Fringe.

The Other Place, Brighton

Sat 25 Oct

£8.50 (£7) / 07800 983 290

Sun 26 Oct

£8.50 (£7) / 07800 983 290

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

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The Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth

Sat 15 Nov

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

A 21st Century Tea Dance

Hail back to decades gone by at this family dance, comedy and theatre event, with regular host Ida Barr.

The Albany, London SE8

Tue 4 Nov

£5 / 020 8692 4446

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

The Addams Family: Knowle Musical Society

  • Written by: Rick Elise

Family comedy written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise. Morticia and Gomez Addams want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering as they always have. But there is a change in their plans as their beloved Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, falls in love with a smart young man from a respectable…

Solihull Arts Complex

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£10–£16 / 0121 704 6962

Al Murray

Al Murray makes a career out of satirising the British booze culture and in doing so he comes across as quite a larger lout. Audiences will no doubt be surprised then to learn that he originally studied history at Oxford. It was around this time that he started writing for Week Ending and Spitting Image. He toured with…

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£26.50 / 01702 351135

Nottingham Playhouse

Sun 1 Mar 2015

£26.50 / 0115 941 9419

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1

Sat 29 Nov

£25.50 / 0844 875 0073

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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

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

A performance lecture in which the character of Albert Einstein explains his most famous theory, filled with science-themed jokes and puns.

The Customs House, South Shields

Thu 30 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0191 454 1234

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

Andrew Ryan’s Sunday Service

An afternoon of stand-up.

The Comedy Store Manchester

Sun 2 Nov

£5 / 0870 593 2932

Stand-up, music and conversation with Andrew Ryan and guests.

£5–£7 (£1–£3; £3–£5) / 0870 593 2932

Stand-up, music and conversation with Andrew Ryan and guests.

Sun 7 Dec

£5 / 0870 593 2932

Andrew Ryan introduces the best comedians from the country, including local folk.

£5–£7 ( £1–£3) / 0870 593 2932

Andrew Ryan introduces the best comedians from the country, including local folk.

Anything Goes

New production of Cole Porter's classic musical comedy about romance and hi-jinks on the high seas featuring the rich sounds of a live orchestra and a sensational cast.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Thu 28 May 2015

£28–£44.75 / 028 9024 0411

Sat 30 May 2015

£28–£44.75 / 028 9024 0411

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