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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

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 7 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Thu 12 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Sat 14 Mar

£20–£30 / 0844 264 2140

Give My Head Peace

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

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sat 14 Mar

£12.25–£25.25 / 028 9024 0411

A Pizza Lunchtime Comedy

Afternoon chat show with a different comedian each time chewing over the pressing issues of the day.

Yesbar, Glasgow

Fri 13 Mar

£5 (£10 with a pizza) / 0141 204 0060

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 14 Mar

£5 (£10 with a pizza) / 0141 204 0060

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sun 15 Mar

£5 (£10 with a pizza) / 0141 204 0060

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

…and 5 more dates until 28 Mar

The Addams Family: Peterborough Operatic & Dramatic Society

A Broadway musical comedy based on Charles Addams's cartoon strip about an extended family of macabre Gothic characters in their rundown home.

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Sat 28 Mar

£15 / 01733 207239

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

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

Sat 7 Mar

£16.50–£24.50 / 028 9024 0411

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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

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar

£22 / 023 8071 1811

Sinderella 2

The second instalment of Jim Davidson's saucy, adults-only panto.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 14 Mar

£16–£20 / 0141 332 1846

Sat 21 Mar

£16–£20 / 0141 332 1846

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

Dorothy Paul: Classic Dorothy

Some of the classic gags from familiar characters and hopefully a bit of new material as well.

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Thu 26 Mar

£21 / 0844 871 7648

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

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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

Sat 14 Mar

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 21 Mar

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 28 Mar

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 4 Apr

£4 / 0844 335 8879

Inside Out Of Mind

Meeting Ground Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside Arts present an insightful and darkly comic play that captures the multiple realities of life on a dementia ward.

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Wed 25 Mar

£12–£16 / 0116 242 3595

Thu 26 Mar

£12–£16 / 0116 242 3595

Fri 27 Mar

£12–£16 / 0116 242 3595

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Thu 5 Mar

Theatre

£12 ( £8) / 01227 769075

Fri 6 Mar

Theatre

£12 ( £8) / 01227 769075

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Wed 18 Mar

£15 / 01392 493493

Thu 19 Mar

£15 / 01392 493493

Fri 20 Mar

£15 / 01392 493493

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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+.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 21 Mar

£7.50 / 0141 429 0022

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Sun 22 Mar

£7.50 ( £26) / 01903 206206

The Flavel, Dartmouth

Sat 7 Mar

£7 / 01803 39 530

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One Man, Two Guvnors

  • Directed by: Adam Penford
  • Written by: Grant Olding (music)

National Theatre's satirical, slapstick production based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. Featuring Gavin Spokes as Francis Henshall and Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) as Charlie Clench.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 5 Apr

£11.90–£37.90 ( £10–£35) / 08441 717620

Tue 7 Apr

£11.90–£37.90 ( £10–£35) / 08441 717620

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 11 Mar

£10–£35

Sat 14 Mar

£10–£35

New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19

Sat 7 Mar

Studio

£15 / 0844 871 7646

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Pride & Prejudice

  • Directed by: Tamara Harvey
  • Written by: Jane Austen

An adaptation of Jane Austen's romantic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes.

Sheffield Theatres

Thu 21 May

Crucible

£12–£23 / 0114 249 6000

Sat 23 May

Crucible

£12–£23 / 0114 249 6000

Wed 27 May

Crucible

£12–£23 / 0114 249 6000

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Silent Comedy Films

An evening of silent classic comedy films from the 1890s to the 1920s, accompanied by live music and sound effects from Gladstone's Bag.

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow

Sat 14 Mar

Donations accepted / 0141 553 0840

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Susan Calman: Lady Like

The Calmanator's latest show explores the different ways one can be 'lady like', mental health and an interesting honeymoon in the sewers of Paris.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 21 Mar

£15 (£13) / 0141 429 0022

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Interactive Theatre International Basil, Sybil and Manuel return to serve more of their trademark mayhem alongside a three course meal in this ‘must-see event’ (BritishTheatreGuide.info). In true Faulty fashion, the fun starts as you wait to be seated and then hurtles along for two hours filled with all the best gags.

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.

…and 20 more dates until 31 Aug

Funz and Gamez

Daft wee comedy show from Phil Ellis, whose buddies Jim Elf and Bonzo the Dog provide family fun that appeals to all ages.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 21 Mar

£9 (£6; Family £24) / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

London Wonderground

A smorgasbord of curiosities back for its third year at the Southbank Centre. Highlights include headline show LIMBO, as well as your fair share of cabaret, comedy and theatre.

The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, SE1

Sun 10 May

£8 / 0844 545 8282

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Sat 23 May

£20 / 0844 545 8282

Scotch & Soda

Sat 30 May

£32 / 0844 545 8282

Scotch & Soda

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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

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Wed 25 Mar

£15.50–£21; £10 under 25s; £15.50; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£23; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£18.50; £10 under 25s (£14–£19.50; £14; £14–£21.50; £14–£17… / 01323 412000

Sat 28 Mar

£15.50–£21; £10 under 25s; £15.50; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£23; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£18.50; £10 under 25s (£14–£19.50; £14; £14–£21.50; £14–£17… / 01323 412000

Sun 29 Mar

£15.50–£21; £10 under 25s; £15.50; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£23; £10 under 25s; £15.50–£18.50; £10 under 25s (£14–£19.50; £14; £14–£21.50; £14–£17… / 01323 412000

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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Robin Cairns: The A to Z of Loving a Ned

Cairns puts on the persona of all the different types in his latest show – Kelvinside Malcolm, his genteel daughter Jennifer, Brian The Ned and Big Urqy the fearsome gangster.

The Vale, Glasgow

Fri 20 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 21 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Fri 27 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 28 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Russell Brand Stand Up: A Trew Work In Progress

The provocative stand-up presents a developmental run ahead of the next tour.

The Proud Archivist, London N1

Fri 6 Mar

Phone for prices / 020 7749 6852

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

Bitesize: Frank Sumatra

A dark and surreal comedy written by Mike Yeaman performed live in the style of a radio drama.

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Fri 6 Mar

£12.50; £7.50 Play only / 01434 652477

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