The ultimate West End comedy bucket list
Everyone deserves to enjoy a night out in the West End that’s filled with laughter. Over recent years, Theatreland has been home to some of the biggest comedy nights, as well as comedy musicals and plays which have left people unable to contain their laughter and gasping for air. Take a trip to Uganda with The Book of Mormon or just a hop, skip and jump to Peckham at Only Fools and Horses: The Musical and tick off every show on this comedy bucket list.
You need to see these comedy shows
London Comedy Allstars
Head to the Underbelly Festival to see some of the biggest comedy line ups at London Comedy Allstars. A one-stop shop for the loudest laughs across the capital, catch some of the country’s well-known comedians on stage in central London. Fill your Saturday evenings with hilarity and enjoy an unforgettable night of live stand-up comedy with the London Comedy Allstars.
The Book of Mormon
Following its opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013, The Book of Mormon has never shied away from being at the cutting edge of comedy and musical theatre. With regularly changing jokes tying global affairs to the story, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this smash-hit four-time Olivier award-winning musical. The musical follows two Mormons as they travel to Uganda on their mission to spread the word of Jesus Christ to non-believers. But, with songs including “Joseph Smith (American Moses) and “All American Prophet”, it’s a refreshing musical that’s full of satirical commentary on religion and society in good humour. Written by the creators of South Park, it’s no surprise that The Book of Mormon is an outrageously funny show that you’ll want to see time and time again when you’re looking for your fix of West End laughter.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Storming into the West End with The Play That Goes Wrong in 2015, the Mischief Theatre company have earned a place in Theatreland as a leading comedy troupe combining original, inventive storytelling that’s packed with hilarity. Winning best new comedy at the 2015 Olivier Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong follows an amateur dramatic society as they prepare for their annual show. As the society gets ready for curtain up, watch the budding thespians try to deal with a whole host of problems from props disappearing to actors going walkabout! Continuing to leave audiences with a stomach ache from laughing too much, The Play That Goes Wrong is a masterclass in comedic farce that’s fresh and energetic.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
After the glittering success of The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre brought their antics to the West End once more with The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Set at Minneapolis City Bank in 1958, the show follows convicts, security guards and sidekicks in a daringly inventive comedy with everyone trying to get their hands on the precious diamond. With mistaken identities, love triangles and people being confused for one another, nobody can be trusted in this devilishly clever comedy where bagging the jewel won’t be an easy task.
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical
One of the UK’s most-loved television series enjoys a new lease of life in the stage adaptation of Only Fools and Horses. All your favourite characters from the television show can be seen in the West End production, making its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Follow Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the Trotter gang get up to mischief around London in new adventures written just for the production, as well as your favourite gags from the television show. With a script written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of original writer John Sullivan as well as original music by Chas of Chas and Dave fame, it’s sure to be a rollicking hoot that’s perfect for fans of the show and newbies alike.
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You’ll have seen the 2008 jukebox musical film starring Meryl Streep and the 2018 sequel with Lily James (currently in All About Eve). But, take yourself on a West End trip to Mamma Mia, the musical which started it all off. Boasting a feel-good soundtrack that’s packed with the greatest hits of ABBA, follow Sophie Sheridan, a young woman who lives on a Greek island with her mother Donna. Soon to marry the man of her dreams, Sophie and Donna plan a grand wedding ceremony, with Donna reuniting with her “Dynamos”. There’s one catch. Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but there are three possible fathers. Inviting all three possible suitors without Donna noticing, Mamma Mia is a hilarious musical that’s packed with fun and laughter. Get up on your feet to songs including “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” at this heartwarming family-friendly musical.
9 to 5
Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5” is the beating heart of this girl power comedy that’s taking the West End by storm. When the female workers at Consolidated Industries are fed up with their boss being a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”, they dream up ways to get rid of their boss once and for all. Packed with hilarious moments that you have to see in order to believe from a star-studded cast including Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley and Caroline Sheen, 9 to 5 is a fabulous, high-energy show that packs a punch.
John Malkovich returns to the West End to star in the world premiere of Bitter Wheat, the latest play by David Mamet. Inspired after scandals in Hollywood in relation to Harvey Weinstein, Malkovich will play the role of Barney Fein. A Hollywood producer, Fein is a leading figure in the industry. However, when influences of sex, money and power lure him in, Fein’s reputation begins to lower, leaving falling from grace in the media. Doon Mackichan and Ioanna Kimbook will also star in the show that sets to offer insight into real-life events in recent years.
The newest West End musical to combine history with theatre, Six puts Henry VIII’s wives in the centre of their own stories. As the show opens, you’ll be greeted to the six wives as they tell you that they had it worse. With each wife telling their own life with the Tudor monarch, it’s a whistlestop tour through the Tudor period that’s informative, compelling and entertaining. With an original score that turns the regal wives into pop princesses, you’ll see how 500 years of historical heartbreak can be told in a comedic manner at Six.
Covent Garden Comedy Club
A visit to Theatreland doesn’t have to be at one of the West End’s largest buildings. Explore an alternative night out in London with a trip to the Covent Garden Comedy Club. Bringing some of the biggest names in comedy to central London, see comedians from around the world bring their unique styles of entertainment in an intimate setting. The Covent Garden Comedy Club at Heaven has been sending crowds into a frenzied state of laughter for over 15 years, with a tried-and-tested format of a compere and up to four comedians performing on one evening. If you’re wanting one of the funniest nights out that London has to offer, look no further than the Covent Garden Comedy Club.