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The Showstoppers: Improvised Musical

Audience suggestions become an all-singing, all-dancing show as the comedy troupe create a brand new musical from scratch at every performance.

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Sat 2 May

£10–£25 / 01473 295900

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

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

Hot Mikado

An adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's popular Japan-set musical comedy The Mikado.

Heathfields Hall, Dartford

Sat 25 Apr

£12 / 01474 708513

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Milton Musical Society

This famous musical takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

Regent Centre, Christchurch

Sat 2 May

£14.50 (£13.50) / 01202 499199

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Tedfest

A Father Ted themed evening, featuring The Lovely Girls Contest, live music, Human Buckaroo, disco, quiz and Ted's Got Talent.

The Liquid Room, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Jul

£30 / 0131 225 2564

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

Wired Theatre: Come Unto These Yellow Sands

They met at GreenhamA death reunites them, recalling the past; memories conflict and feelings emerge. This tragi-comic promenade performance, inspired by a world changing historical event, explores how lives were caught between personal commitment and political protest. This intriguing new work, set in an intimate…

Private House, Hove

Sun 3 May

£8.50 (£7)

Mon 4 May

£8.50 (£7)

Sat 9 May

£8.50 (£7)

…and 7 more dates until 30 May

Bred In Heaven: The Road To Twickers

  • Directed by: Michael Bogdanov
  • Written by: Jack Llewellyn

Frapetsus Productions presents a comedy based on the Rugby World Cup. Follow the story of a group of friends as they travel to see their team play at Twickenham.

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Thu 7 May

£9.50–£15.50 / 01792 475715

Sat 9 May

£9.50–£15.50 / 01792 475715

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thu 21 May

£9–£78 / 029 2087 8889

Sat 23 May

£9–£78 / 029 2087 8889

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.

Sun 7 Jun

£4 / 0844 335 8879

With Ro Campbell, Mikey Adams and host Ashley Storrie.

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Udderbelly Festival

A massive multi-arts festival takes over the Southbank for the best part of a raucous three months, with music, comedy, theatre and family-friendly shows aplenty. The 2015 programme includes stand up from Katherine Ryan, James Acaster and Richard Herring; bubble fun for kids with The Amazing Bubble Man; and circus…

Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sat 25 Apr

£19.50

A Simple Space

Sat 2 May

£19.50

A Simple Space

£10

Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show

Sun 3 May

£10

Comedy Club 4 Kids

…and 21 more dates until 18 Jul

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

£12 / 01608 642 350

Dan & Phil: The Amazing Tour is not on Fire

The YouTubers leave the comfort of their desk chairs to bring you stories and sketches.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Sun 25 Oct

£25–£75 / 0121 345 0600

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

The Holy, Holy Bus

  • Written by: Pearse Elliott

Brassneck Theatre Company presents a bittersweet comedy about love, happiness, disappointment and faith about a pilgrimage that leaves a West Belfast parish once a year to tour the holy sites of Ireland.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Sat 4 Jul

£18–£20 (£14–£18) / 028 9038 1081

Sun 5 Jul

£18–£20 (£14–£18) / 028 9038 1081

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Kate Shortt’s Comedy Cello

Kate Shortt, cellist, singer and comedian, transforms her cello into all sorts of animals and characters.

Lauderdale House, London N6

Sat 16 May

£4.50 (£3) / 020 8348 8716

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

Sister Act: Taunton Amateur Operatic Society

Alan Menken's feelgood musical comedy in which a gangster's moll and wannabe diva is forced to take refuge in a convent.

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Thu 23 Apr

£13; £16 / 01823 414141

Sat 25 Apr

£13; £16 / 01823 414141

The Venetian Twins

Tony Cownie's new version of Carlo Goldoni's timeless comedy tells the story of two estranged twins, Zanetto and Tonino. Though they look alike, as people they couldn't be more different. When the arrive in the same town on the same day, things start to get a little confusing.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 29 Apr

£15–£29 evening (concession from £10; matinee £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 2 May

£15–£29 evening (concession from £10; matinee £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

Wed 6 May

£15–£29 evening (concession from £10; matinee £12.50–£24) / 0131 248 4848

…and 3 more dates until 16 May

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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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

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

Feed The Beast

Peter Rowe directs a comedy based on the often tumultuous relationship between the British government and members of the press.

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Wed 6 May

£10–£25 / 01473 295900

Sat 9 May

£10–£25 / 01473 295900

Wed 13 May

£10–£25 / 01473 295900

Sat 16 May

£10–£25 / 01473 295900

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.

Goose: Kablamo

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika Sweaty one-man cartoon. Breakneck poly-character comedy from an MDMA marionette. You won't know what's hit you but you'll like it. 'Original, ambitious edifice' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Had audiences in stitches' ★★★★★ (Stage). 'Theatrical mastery and comic innovation' ★★★★ (Fest).

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Box

£5 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Box

£5 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Box

£10 (£9) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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