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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…

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 25 Apr

£26.50 / 01604 624 811

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.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 25 Apr

£26.50 / 01604 624 811

What Not to Eat at Sea (Work in Progress)

Sarah Weldon discusses her attempt, later this year, to become the first person to row solo around Great Britain. Work in progress. Booking is essential.

Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester

Fri 1 May

£3–£6 / 0161 907 5555

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 3 May

£3–£7 / 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

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 11 Apr

£25 / 0131 529 6000

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

Sat 4 Apr

£4 / 0844 335 8879

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Adam Meggido
  • Written by: J.M.Barrie

A drama society set out to put on the best darn production of Peter Pan the world has seen, but – as the title suggestions – the best laid plans of mice and men will insist in going aft agley.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Thu 9 Apr

£27.50 / 01223 578933

Sat 11 Apr

£27.50 / 01223 578933

Sun 12 Apr

£27.50 / 01223 578933

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Wed 27 May

£17.50; £15 Ages 16-26; £13–£28; £9–£24 Ages 16-26; £9–£24 Ages 16-26 (£9–£24; £9–£24; £9–£24; Children £10 under 16s; Children £9–£24 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

Thu 28 May

£17.50; £15 Ages 16-26; £13–£28; £9–£24 Ages 16-26; £9–£24 Ages 16-26 (£9–£24; £9–£24; £9–£24; Children £10 under 16s; Children £9–£24 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

Sat 30 May

£17.50; £15 Ages 16-26; £13–£28; £9–£24 Ages 16-26; £9–£24 Ages 16-26 (£9–£24; £9–£24; £9–£24; Children £10 under 16s; Children £9–£24 under 16s… / 0116 242 3595

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thu 30 Apr

£10–£28.50 / 029 2087 8889

Sat 2 May

£10–£28.50 / 029 2087 8889

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Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • 4 stars

Top comedians play to the toughest crowd: kids. And they have to keep it clean.

Artsdepot, London N12

Sun 17 May

Studio Theatre

£7 / 020 8369 5454

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7) / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7) / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Upstairs

£10 (£9) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Sat 18 Apr

£7.50 / 01245 606505

Stand-up for a younger audience from guest comedians.

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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

Sun 31 May

£26 (£24) / 01805 624 624

Patrick Kielty

Biting wit and incisive satire from the Dundrum-born stand-up.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sat 11 Apr

£13.75–£27.75 / 028 9024 0411

Supertown

Sidgwick and Sanders Hot on the heels of its successful run of previews in Leeds in 2014 comes Supertown, the must-see brand new comedy musical! Set in Supertown, a town full of superheroes, one ordinary man sets out to prove that the town's favourite hero Thunderman may not be all that he seems and that ultimately you…

theSpace @ Venue45, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

Venue 45

£5 / 0845 508 8378

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

Venue 45

£8 (£7) / 0845 508 8378

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Venue 45

£8 (£7) / 0845 508 8378

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd By Adam Long (co-founder of The Reduced Shakespeare Company), Dickens Abridged is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens' greatest hits, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), David Copperfield, Bleak House in less than 60 seconds, A Tale of Two Cities…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£13.50 (£12.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 31 Aug

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in an original story of 'The Addams Family'.

De La Salle Theatre, Bournemouth

Sat 25 Jul

£10

The Addams Family Musical

Meet the Addams Family as they open their home to Wednesday's new love Lucas (an all-American boy) and his straight-laced parents. Needless to say, chaos ensues in this new musical comedy by The SPACE Company.

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Thu 9 Jul

£11; £8 opening night (£9; £6 opening night; £5; £4 opening night) / 01823 414141

The Addams Family: Showdown Theatre

A musical based on the characters from the hit TV show.

Capitol, Horsham

Wed 8 Apr

£12 / 01403 750 220

The Addams Family: The Rattonians

  • Written by: Marshall Brickman

A musical comedy based on characters created by Charles Addams and specifically the cartoons rather than the television and film characters.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Thu 2 Apr

£16.50 (£14) / 01323 412000

Sat 4 Apr

£16.50 (£14) / 01323 412000

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All Made Up: This Time Its Social

The company present a social-media-inspired improvised show created from audience Facebook feeds, hashtags and Google.

Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London WC2H

Sat 25 Apr

£10 (£7) / 020 7240 6283

Allo ‘Allo: Wellingborough Technical Players

  • Written by: David Croft

Adaptation of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft's popular TV sitcom, following the adventures of Rene, a hapless cafe owner in war-torn occupied France, as he and his wife Edith struggle to keep a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and endeavour to repatriate two British airmen.

The Castle, Wellingborough

Sat 25 Apr

£8 / 01933 270007

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

£28–£44.75 / 028 9024 0411

Sat 30 May

£28–£44.75 / 028 9024 0411

An Audience with Helen Lederer

A pretty tongue-in-cheek evening of the actress who has, in the past, described herself as a K-list celebrity. Lederer discusses her time in showbusiness, on reality TV and talks a little about her new direction – novellist.

Bath Cricket Club

Sat 4 Apr

£8 (£6; Students £6) / 01225 425 935

Part of Bath Comedy Festival.

The Theatre Chipping Norton

Sat 25 Apr

£12 / 01608 642 350

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

  • 4 stars

An irreverent show performed in period costume, borne from suggestions from the audience.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sun 26 Apr

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 24 May

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

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Bad Jews

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

Michael Longhurst directs Joshua Harmon's acerbic and biting comedy set in a cramped Manhattan apartment, where family members quarrel about faith and legacy in the aftermath of a funeral.

Arts Theatre, London WC2H

Thu 2 Apr

£37.50–£62 / 020 7907 7092

Sat 4 Apr

£37.50–£62 / 020 7907 7092

Thu 9 Apr

£37.50–£62 / 020 7907 7092

…and 15 more dates until 30 May

Barnard Castle Comedy Festival

Barnard Castle Comedy Festival Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing the full line-up for the first ever Barnard Castle Comedy Festival, based at The Witham. We can’t name names just yet, but this year’s programme will feature stand-ups with Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo on their CV, an Edinburgh Comedy…

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Sat 18 Jul

£45 / 01833 631107

Barrel Of Laughs Wine Tasting And Comedy Night

Sample a variety of wine, spirits and champagne, followed by stand-up comedy.

Vinopolis, London SE1

Fri 5 Jun

£35 per person / 0870 241 4040

The Beaux' Stratagem

  • Directed by: Simon Godwin
  • Written by: George Farquhar

Simon Godwin directs George Farquhar's uproarious comedy of love and wealth about two charming bounders, Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, who flee to provincial Lichfield to marry into money but soon discover their hearts race to a different beat.

National Theatre: Olivier, London SE1

Sun 7 Jun

£15–£35 / 020 7452 3000

Sun 14 Jun

£15–£35 / 020 7452 3000

Sat 4 Jul

£15–£35 / 020 7452 3000

…and 4 more dates until 19 Jul

The Belfast Tattoo 2015

Military bands take to the arena to perform at the third annual event.

Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Sat 5 Sep

£33–£43.50 / 028 9073 9074

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