Banish those January blues with the funniest shows in town
Take a look at some of the funniest shows in town that will brighten your January and banish the winter blues.
Having won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016, Kinky Boots continues to raise audiences up night after night and is now booking through to June 2018!
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Winner of every major Best Musical award, and now celebrating an amazing 600 performances, this hilarious musical has high-kicked its way into London’s glittering West End and proudly proves that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out!
Based on the 2005 British-American film of the same name, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, a wannabe London highflyer who, to his dismay, inherits his father’s shoe factory. Charlie is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations when help arrives in the unlikely but dazzling form of Lola, a spectacular performer in need of some new stilettos.
Starring Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph & Hadley Fraser
Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’) inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfill his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences.
Playing at the stunning London Palladium over the 2017/2018 festive season is the UK’s favourite pantomime, Dick Whittington!
Starring your returning favourites and some magical new faces including Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), musical theatre royalty Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel), Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook) and direct from Half A Sixpence – Charlie Stemp as the title role of Dick Whittington.
Be carried away by the incredible characters and the gleeful drama as the determined Dick Whittington and his loyal cat take on the big city to find their fortune. *Be by Dick’s side as he comes face to face with the nasty King Rat (‘boo!’), and encourage poor Dick in his attempts to woo his beloved, the beguiling Alice (‘ahhh!’).*
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, this lively and hilarious production features a bevy of fantastic songs, incredible outfits and out-of-this-world dancing.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The comedy masterminds behind five-star hits The Play That Goes Wrong (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, return to the West End with their latest lung-bustingly funny creation: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
Welcome to Minneapolis, 1958, and the Minneapolis City Bank. Now under the gruff and rather irreverent management of Robin Freeboys, the Bank is entrusted with a priceless diamond by a Hungarian prince. However, when the jewel catches the eye of mean-spirited jailbird Mitch, he teams up with corrupt guard Cooper and Freeboys’ money-hungry daughter Candice, intent on separating the Bank from its most precious deposit.
Mischief Theatre’s new play, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, is already being called the funniest show in London. Fast-paced and riotously hilarious, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery masterfully unites screw-ball comedy with real theatrical invention, and is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles.
It started as a hit song by ABBA, then it became a musical, and now it’s a phenomenon. Mamma Mia! first premiered in London and has since been seen by tens of millions of people across the globe.
Set on a mythical Greek island in the 1970s, the musical Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be who wants nothing more than her unknown father to walk her down the aisle. So, she invites three of her fiercely independent mother’s ex-lovers to her wedding in a move that could make or break her special day.
Scriptwriter, and celebrated playwright, Catherine Johnson and composers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (two of the four ABBA band members) weave ABBA classics such as ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take a Chance on Me’ into an original narrative that is funny and ironic, occasionally cheeky and unapologetically optimistic.
Mamma Mia! is beloved by the world. With a striking number of audience members seeing it two, three and even four times, at any moment this West End triumph is playing on at least three continents.
Now Playing at the Novello Theatre in London, Mamma Mia! There has never been a better time to buy your tickets to this uplifting show.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Following a triumphal six-month international tour and a Best New Comedy win at the What’s On Stage Awards 2014, The Play That Goes Wrong is now enjoying an extended run at the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
The Play That Goes Wrong is a side-splitting farce about an amateur drama society’s attempts to stage a 1920s murder mystery play. The group of hapless thespians and backstage crew battle fudged lines, crumbling sets and disappearing props as they claw their way desperately to the final curtain call.
The story of the play-within-a-play that goes hideously wrong has a long tradition in theatre, from Pyramus and Thisby’s attempted performance in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to Michael Frayn’s hit Noises Off. Offering a flurry of sight gags and a hilarious script written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a fantastic addition to this theatrical motif, exploiting the comic potential of theatrical misadventure to its absolute fullest.
Eugenius!, the most eagerly anticipated new musical for years, is coming to London in January 2018 with a strictly limited run at The Other Palace.
Through underground word-of-mouth, and a very public concert performance – selling out the London Palladium – Eugenius! is fast becoming a cult phenomenon.
The show is a teenage love story set against a backdrop of comic books and superheroes.
Eugenius! boasts a totally originally score – Ben Adams’ homage to all the great sounds of the ‘80s – plus a scintillating script that makes you laugh, cry, and punch the air shouting “Go Eugenius!”. This is a show where geeks rule, dreams come true, and everyone finds the superhero inside themselves – you’ve just gotta know where to look.
London’s favourite cabaret circus and theatrical phenomenon La Soirée is hitting the West End! With a heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow, and contemporary variety, it promises to be a night of live entertainment that’s more potent than ever.
And they’ve gone posh! The cheeky circus will be delivering their own brand of mischief to the Aldwych Theatre this festive season.
A new addition to London this year is the family-friendly, afternoon offspring, La Petite Soirée, which carries the spirit of La Soirée, but with a little less sauce. New audiences are welcomed to this brand new show suitable for everyone from 8 to 80.
Mischief Movie Night
Mischief Theatre, the award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery return to their comedy roots with Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage!
You suggest a genre, location and title and Mischief Theatre’s improvisers bring the show to life, complete with rewinds, fast forwards, directors cuts and a thrilling live score.
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