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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 26 Apr

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 24 May

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 873 3433

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself

  • 3 stars

Vitriolic humour from the former double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

Cookie Jar, Leicester

Thu 2 Jul

£8.94

Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final

A M Entertainments Grab your hot tickets to vote at this prestigious Fringe final alongside international comedy cognoscenti for tomorrow's stars. Award-winning headliner and host. 2015's top ten comedy shows are through to the final, after expert talent scouts viewed – initially online worldwide, then live at the…

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Aug

Amphitheatre

£12.50 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Amused Moose Comedy's Laugh Off Final

A M Entertainments Vote alongside international comedy cognoscenti, to raise aloft the hottest, breakthrough stars of tomorrow who battle brilliantly for fame, fortune and a shiny moose trophy, in this respected final for 2015's emerging talent. They follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Carr, Greg Davies, Jack Whitehall…

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

Amphitheatre

£12 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Racing Minds Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after two sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes. Anything could happen, but…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Acute Britishness

'So You Think You're Funny' and 'Golden Jester' finalist Mark Daniels suffers from a syndrome known as Acute Britishness. His self-deprecating, sarcastic wit questions why Brits just won't complain, even about the country's biggest problems: school textbooks, STD clinics, Craig David and Nigella Lawson. He teaches us what…

Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin, Brighton

Sun 3 May

£5 (£4)

Mon 4 May

£5 (£4)

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 23 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

Afternoon Delight

Just the Tonic Family-friendly sample show of different shows from within the venues 11 performance spaces… maybe some guests. Spend the hour in the company of five to eight performers and see if you want to go to their full show.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Just the Big Room

£2.50 (£2) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Just the Big Room

£2.50 (£2) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Just the Big Room

£5 (£4) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 29 Aug back to top

Aidan Killian: Saving Julian Assange

"The truth will set you free" - Tell that to Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden. Possibly the first comedy show about whistle-blowers. If you want passion and truth in your comedy go to this show.

The Blue Man, Brighton

Mon 4 May

Free, ticketed / 01273 726003

Tue 5 May

Free, ticketed / 01273 726003

Wed 6 May

Free, ticketed / 01273 726003

…and 2 more dates until 8 May

Caroline Of Brunswick, Brighton

Sat 2 May

Free / 01273 624434

Sun 3 May

Free / 01273 624434

Sat 9 May

Free / 01273 624434

Sun 10 May

Free / 01273 624434

Aisling Bea: Work-In-Progress

The British Comedy Award winner, actress and writer shares new stories and gags inspired by her Irish upbringing.

Machynlleth Bowling Club

Sun 3 May

£7

Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta

Ali Brice / Heroes (PWYW) Brice is back with a host of silly characters. Eric Meat is heartbroken, can't cook spaghetti, and out to do what he wants. Join him as he tries to find out exactly who he is. It could be disastrous. It will definitely be ridiculous. Come, join the fun! Be sure to bring your frog hats!

Heroes @ The Hive, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Bunka

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Bunka

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Bunka

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

All Made Up: This Time It's Social

All Made Up Like or hate Facebook, you're guaranteed to love this all-female social media inspired comedy improv show. Following a hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, countless sell-out London shows, as well as being one of the Independent's highlights of this year's Dave Comedy Festival, All Made Up are back…

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Just the Snifter Room

£6 / 0131 220 2987

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Just the Snifter Room

£6 / 0131 220 2987

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Just the Snifter Room

£11 / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Allie

Ruaraidh Murray Revenge is best served radge! A new dark comedy from the creator of critically acclaimed shows Big Sean, Mikey and Me, Bath Time and Boxman. 'Quentin Tarantino meets Irvine Welsh. Very funny' ★★★★ (Scotsman). 'Firecracker of a show' ★★★★ (Herald). 'Murray's bravura performance' ★★★★ (Metro).

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Billiard Room

£6.50 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Billiard Room

£6.50 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Billiard Room

£6.50 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 31 Aug back to top

Alternative Dream Therapy

Installation performance and personalised experience in which Dr Stratus guides audience members through the nonsensical world of dreams. A co-production between NapTrap and Theatre Delicatessen.

Theatre Delicatessen, London EC1R

Sat 2 May

£10 (£8)

Sat 9 May

£10 (£8)

Sat 16 May

£10 (£8)

…and 2 more dates until 30 May

Anatomy Of The Piano For Beginners

Children's adaptation of virtuoso pianist, wit and raconteur's award winning hit Edinburgh show Anatomy of the Piano. The perfect antidote to boring piano lessons that has young audiences entranced and enthralled and their parents engaged too.

The Other Place, Brighton

Fri 29 May

£8.50 (£7) / 07800 983 290

Sat 30 May

£8.50 (£7) / 07800 983 290

Sun 31 May

£8.50 (£7) / 07800 983 290

…and Ephgrave

The back end of the comic duo Doggett & Ephgrave performs his first solo stand-up show (unless you come to the second, third or fourth performance). The comedian, actor, musician and pauper presents material sifted from his daily blog, revealing how someone with an obsession for small detail approaches everyday life.

Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, Brighton

Sat 9 May

Free, ticketed

Sun 10 May

Free, ticketed

Andy Miller: Read Y’Self Fitter

With the aid of a flipchart, a host of good books and a sense of humour, the author explains his 10-step programme to cure you of your bad reading habits.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sun 17 May

£5 / 01227 281174

Arcadia: Combined Actors Of Cambridge

  • Written by: Tom Stoppard

The company present their take on Tom Stoppard's comedy of ideas, set in a Derbyshire country house during both the Regency and the late twentieth century.

ADC Theatre, Cambridge

Sat 11 Jul

£10; £12 (£7; £9) / 01223 300085

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The Art Of Falling Apart

  • Directed by: Robert Farquhar
  • Written by: Robert Farquhar

Big Wow Theatre present a comedy scripted and directed by Robert Farquhar, and performed by Matt Rutter and Tim Lynskey.

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Sat 27 Jun

£12 (£10) / 0151 709 4988

Arthur and Esther

A play of two worlds, this elemental and affecting two-hander explores love, loss and the lives we inherit and impose on others.

Old Fire Station, Oxford

Sun 31 May

£10 (£8) / 01865 263980

An Audience with Harry Deansway

Harry Deansway An Audience with Harry Deansway is a unique opportunity to spend an hour with someone you've never heard of. Ask the questions you've always wanted to ask like who are you? What is this show? And can I have my money back? (No it's free to get in). In my third Edinburgh show it's time to drop the act…

Just the Tonic at The Tron, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 29 Aug

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 30 Apr

£56.25–£62 / 020 7907 7092

Sat 2 May

£56.25–£62 / 020 7907 7092

Thu 7 May

£56.25–£62 / 020 7907 7092

…and 7 more dates until 30 May

Barnes Fringe - Mike Galsworthy'mapping The Soul Through Dream'

Mike Galsworthy is a scientist by day and poet by night. In Dream Wanderer, he becomes a hypnotic guide as he paces rhythmically through lucid dreamscapes, meeting otherworldly characters. “His style of performing is one of the best around; theatrical, dynamic, super distinctive and much more…” (Carpe Diem Events)

The Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, London SW13

Sat 1 Aug

£6–£8 / 020 8876 9885

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