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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

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

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

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

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

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Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Joss Jones for EdCom Productions The best and brightest of this year’s Fringe comics in a great value lunchtime compilation showcase. With a new line-up every day including big-name headliners and the hottest newcomers, this is the best way to start the day for comedians and festival comedy fans alike. Now in its 12th…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

The Bench

Z Theatre Company The north of England. A bench as old as anyone can remember. Join the current inhabitant Ducky, as she takes you on an alcoholic journey through the stories of love and heartbreak that her home has seen. Contains strong language. Age category: 14+

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£3) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 11 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£3) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 12 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£3) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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

Hexagon

£7–£9 / 0121 446 3232

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Thu 2 Apr

£12.50 bitesize; £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

Blackadder Goes Forth: Huddersfield Thespians

  • Written by: Alistair Cheetham (adaptation)

A stage adaptation of the hit TV series set in the trenches in 1917, as Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George and Private Baldrick are waiting in fear of the dreaded order to go over the top.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Sat 6 Jun

under 26s

£10–£14; £6 under 26s / 01484 430528

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