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The Tommy Cooper Show

The Tommy Cooper Show features West End and Blood Brothers star Daniel Taylor as Tommy Cooper, in the knockout performance of the year. The show comes with a fabulous supporting cast, and all of your favourite jokes. Between the story, gags, magic, and his incredible portrayal of show business legend Tommy Cooper, this…

The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne

Sat 25 Jul

£12–£18 / 01323 412000

Voca People

The YouTube sensations take their show on the road – expect a capella / beatboxing and mouth music like you've never heard before.

Jersey Opera House

Sat 2 May

£24 ( £22; £22) / 01534 511115

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Sun 24 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Mon 25 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

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 Courtyard, Hereford

Sat 27 Jun

£8 (£7) / 01432 340555

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 30 May

Marlowe Studio

£7.50 / 01227 787787

The Old Market, Hove

Tue 26 May

£8 / 01273 201800

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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.

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

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Thu 18 Jun

£18.50–£30.50 / 0844 848 2700

Sat 20 Jun

£18.50–£30.50 / 0844 848 2700

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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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

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He Had Hairy Hands

  • 4 stars

Kill The Beast presents a dark comedy about a town experiencing werewolf attacks, featuring special visuals and original music.

Derby Theatre

Fri 24 Apr

£9 (£6) / 01332 593939

Real Hoosewives Fae Glasgow

When Barbara from Bearsden finds out that an American TV producer is in town to find 'The Real Hoosewives fae Glasgow' she gets right on the case. Musical featuring 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', 'I'm So Excited' and lots more.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 25 Jul

£15–£18 (£16) / 0141 332 1846

Sat 1 Aug

£15–£18 (£16) / 0141 332 1846

Forth on the Fringe

Radio Forth Ltd Now in its eighth year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in comedy, cabaret and entertainment, hosted by Forth One’s breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene. Previous guests have included: Adam Hills, Jason…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£19.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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 3 May

£4 / 0844 335 8879

With Gavin Webster, Larah Bross and host Rob Kane.

The Magic Flute

Mozart’s masterful comedy is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927, blending animated film and live action in a spectacular kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, the dark humour of Edward Gorey and German expressionism. Immense…

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 29 Aug

£18 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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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 19 Apr

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 23 Apr

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sat 25 Apr

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

…and 97 more dates until 14 Feb 2016

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew

Stewart Lee New material in preparation for the next series of BBC Two’s Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. ‘What is exhilarating is how many surprises he still throws in and how deft his jumps are from one tone to another …. invigorating' ★★★★ (Times). ‘More skilful and playful than ever' ★★★★★ (Guardian). ‘Stewart Lee is…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£12.50 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£12.50 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£12.50 / 0131 220 4348

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

Tony Jameson: Football Manager Ruined My Life

  • 3 stars

If Tony hadn't spent about 20 years of his life playing Football Manager he'd probably have achieved a whole lot more. Thankfully he didn't, otherwise there'd be no show tonight.

The Wardrobe, Leeds

Sat 23 May

£11.25 / 0113 383 8800

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

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

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sun 5 Jul

£9–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Guillaume Tell

Thu 9 Jul

£9–£200 / 020 7304 4000

Beaux' Stratagem

£7–£200 / 020 7304 4000

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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

£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

G Live, Guildford

Sat 25 Apr

£10 / 0844 770 1797

Sat 23 May

£10 ( £7.75) / 0844 770 1797

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
  • Written by: lyrics)

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

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 17 Feb 2016

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 20 Feb 2016

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 24 Feb 2016

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 27 Feb 2016

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 847 2325

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Wed 16 Sep

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 19 Sep

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 23 Sep

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 26 Sep

£15.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 24 Jun

£15.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 7648

Sat 27 Jun

£15.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 7648

Wed 1 Jul

£15.50–£64 / 0844 871 7648

Sat 4 Jul

£15.50–£64 / 0844 871 7648

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Elaine Malcolmson: Arrangements

Elaine Malcolmson You don’t need to be a florist to attend this show. It’s just a very funny story, with twists and turns. It’s fine for hayfever sufferers too, even without antihistamines. It’s just a story about making decisions. You don’t even have to like flowers to enjoy this show. It’s just a story about growing…

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Stand 4

£7 (£6) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Stand 4

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Stand 4

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Trademark mix-ups from the Faulty Towers hotel staff served alongside a three course meal.

B'est, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 4448

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 4448

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

£45 / 0131 556 4448

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

£49.50 / 0131 556 4448

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 31 Aug

Thistle Hotel, Brighton

Sat 30 May

£45–£49.50

Part of Brighton Fringe.

Sun 31 May

£45–£49.50

Part of Brighton Fringe.

The Ghost Train

  • Written by: Arnold Ridley

Dad's Army star Arnold Ridley's classic supernatural chiller, set amongst a group of stranded passengers on a deserted railway station.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 13 May

£10.75–£18.25; £10.75–£18.25; £14–£20.75; £20.25–£25.50 (£8.50–£16.25; £10.75–£18.25; £9–£18.75; £15.25–£23.50) / 02476 553055

Sat 16 May

£10.75–£18.25; £10.75–£18.25; £14–£20.75; £20.25–£25.50 (£8.50–£16.25; £10.75–£18.25; £9–£18.75; £15.25–£23.50) / 02476 553055

Capitol, Horsham

Wed 20 May

£17.50–£19.50 / 01403 750 220

Darlington Civic Theatre

Thu 2 Jul

£12.60–£20 / 01325 486555

Sat 4 Jul

£12.60–£20 / 01325 486555

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Ghost Train

Talking Scarlet Theatre Company presents Arnold Ridley's classic comedy thriller about a group of travellers stranded at a remote railway station.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Wed 22 Apr

£15.50–£20; £10 under 25s; £15.50; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£20; £10 eve, under 25s; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£21.50; £10 under 25s (£14–£19.50; £14… / 01323 412000

  • 14:30 Ghost Train Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Sat 25 Apr

£15.50–£20; £10 under 25s; £15.50; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£20; £10 eve, under 25s; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£21.50; £10 under 25s (£14–£19.50; £14… / 01323 412000

  • 14:30 Ghost Train Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Sat 9 May

£18 / 0844 406 8666

  • 14:30 Ghost Train Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Gyles Brandreth: Word Power!

Bound & Gagged Comedy 'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic. Join wit and word-meister, former MP and star of Just A Minute, One Show, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Countdown on an…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Hijack Open Mic

An open stage for young performers, from musicians to poets and comedians, to showcase their talent.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Thu 23 Apr

Free / 01722 321744

John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns

So Comedy by arrangement with Quite Interesting Limited Find out what the hell this means with the bloke behind QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image, and host of BBC Radio 4's Museum of Curiosity. 'A perfect hour of laughter' ★★★★★ (Telegraph). 'An eloquent raconteur of fine comic timing' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'A…

Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

£6 / 0131 225 7053

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

£6 / 0131 225 7053

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

£13 (£12) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth

Demolition expert Ned and his wife of eleven years live in a nice new house on a nice new estate. He loves his job, BBQs, car-boot sales. Outwardly his life is entirely unremarkable, like his friend and neighbour, Dale. So why has he not slept in six months? Why is he so terrified of his wife, Joy? Why do his things go…

New Venture Theatre, Brighton

Sun 17 May

£9–£10 / 01273 746118

Sun 24 May

£9–£10 / 01273 746118

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