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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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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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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

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

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

The master of kids' comedy presents a show packed with proper laughs, without the rude bits. For ages 6+.

The Wave Centre, Maryport

Sun 26 Oct

£6 / 01900 811450

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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

Sun 26 Oct

£8 / 0844 4155 228

The Tommy Cooper Show

A celebration of the popular comedian with clips from his best-loved shows and musical accompaniment.

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Walker Theatre

£14 / 01743 281281

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

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

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

Sun 26 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 30 Oct

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sat 1 Nov

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 42 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

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

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

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

Tue 4 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

Sat 8 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

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

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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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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

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

Around The World In 80 Days:

  • Written by: Jules Verne

Chipping Norton & Oxfordshire Theatre present a madcap adaptation of Jules Verne's globetrotting classic in which three actors portray a cast of thousands, bringing to life sea storms, police chases and even elephant rides.

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Sun 26 Oct

£10.50 / 01284 769505

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Baby it's Cold Outside

  • Directed by: Martin Lynch
  • Written by: Brenda Murphy

New comedy from award-winning playwright, Brenda Murphy tells the story of pregnancy and a bizarre love triangle and stars Jo Donnelly, Kerri Quinn, Tanya Thompson and Kevin Elliott.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

Bad Jews

  • Directed by: Michael Longhurst
  • Written by: Joshua Harmon

A vicious comedy written by Joshua Harmon, where in a cramped apartment in Manhattan, family members start quarrelling about faith and legacy.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Thu 15 Jan 2015

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£10–£30 / 0844 264 2140

  • 14:30 Bad Jews St James Theatre, London
…and 11 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

Barbara Nice's Countdown To Christmas

Join local housewife superstar Mrs Barbara Nice in a seasonal selection box of fun and frolics. Barbara Nice is the comedy creation of Janice Connolly best known for her role as Holy Mary in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

Komedia Brighton

Sun 14 Dec

£12 / 08452 938480

Beached

A comedy about Arty, the world's fattest teenager. At 63 stone, he is a young man literally going nowhere. All that is set to change when a reality TV crew moves in to ruthlessly document Arty's transformation from bedridden walrus to trousered sophisticate.

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 1 Nov

£10 preview; £12 (£11) / 01227 787787

  • 14:00 Beached The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Beauty And The Beast

A musical romance based on the timeless tale or a village girl who meets a bewitched prince and whose love is the only thing that can change him back to his true form.

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton

Sat 6 Dec

£8.50 (Children £7; £29) / 01630 654444

The Wave Centre, Maryport

Sat 27 Dec

£10; £30 adv (Children £8; £32) / 01900 811450

Sun 28 Dec

£10; £30 adv (Children £8; £32) / 01900 811450

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