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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 22 Mar

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 26 Apr

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 24 May

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

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

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

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

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

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52 Shades of Maggie (Dirty Dancing in the pub)

Written by Leesa Harker The loveable Maggie Muff is back with a bang in the highly anticipated sequel to 51 Shades of Maggie. The dust has settled in the estate after the shenanigans of Maggie’s last adventure and now she and her idiot sidekick, Big Sally-Ann, are planning a birthday party in the pub. Big…

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sat 23 May

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

£10–£16 / 0121 704 6962

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


On March 7, Liverpool-based actor and improviser Trev Fleming plans to improvise 300 scenes in 300 minutes using 300 distinct characters inspired by 300 single-word suggestions from the audience.

81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Sat 7 Mar

£15 6 hour pass; £3 single hour

  • 16:00 – 22:00 300 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

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

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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…

Nottingham Playhouse

Sun 1 Mar

£26.50 / 0115 941 9419

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 25 Apr

£26.50 / 01604 624 811

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Stand-up from the New York-based comedian who has lived in Boston, LA and Jerusalem.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sun 15 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7478 0100

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

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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.

The Theatre Chipping Norton

Sat 25 Apr

£11 / 01608 642 350

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 19 Mar

£20–£49.50 / 020 7907 7092

Sat 21 Mar

£20–£49.50 / 020 7907 7092

Thu 26 Mar

£20–£49.50 / 020 7907 7092

…and 19 more dates until 30 May

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

Beverley Folk Festival

Weekend live music festival of folk and acoustic acts featuring the Bootleg Beatles, Hayseed Dixie, Barbara Dickson, Rab Noakes, Curtis Eller and Hat Fitz. The festival also includes comedy, literature and workshops for youngsters.

Beverley Racecourse

Sat 20 Jun

£95 (£90; Children under 12 free; Family £293 for weekend tickets) / 01377 217569

Sun 21 Jun

£95 (£90; Children under 12 free; Family £293 for weekend tickets) / 01377 217569

Birmingham Is Funny: Mickey D - Run

International headliner, Mickey D returns with his new show, Run! "When you get your feet right, even if you're falling over you're moving forwards." For fresh, funny comedy, honest truths and an hour of solid jokes this is the start line. Run club in Cannon Hill Park straight after. Bring your kit!

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Sat 18 Apr


£7–£9 / 0121 446 3232

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Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Thu 2 Apr

£12.50 bitesize; £7.50 play only / 01434 652477

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

Black Adder Goes Forth: Newport Playgoers Society

Set in the trenches of the First World War, follow the attempts made by Blackadder to escape and avoid certain death. Also featuring iconic characters General Melchett, Baldrick, George and Darling.

Dolman Theatre, Newport

Sat 16 May

£12.50; £12.50 (£11; £8.50; £8.50) / 01633 251338


  • Written by: Marc Camoletti

A production of the ever-popular farce about bachelor Bernard who has three gorgeous air hostesses all engaged to him without knowing anything about each other; that is, until everything goes wrong.

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Thu 12 Mar

£12.50–£17.50; £16.50–£23; £19.50–£26.50 / 01708 443333

Sat 21 Mar

£12.50–£17.50; £16.50–£23; £19.50–£26.50 / 01708 443333


  • Written by: John Godber

Reform Theatre presents John Godber's hilarious and outrageous look back at the 1980s nightclub scene.

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Sat 28 Mar

£10–£25 (£10) / 01206 573948

  • 17:00 Bouncers Mercury Theatre, Colchester
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