9 hilarious comedies to see in the West End
If it’s a comedic song that you’ll be humming for the next week or a character trait that tickles you, there’s plenty of comedy to see in the West End that will have anyone howling with laughter!
West End musicals guaranteed to make you laugh
Showstopper: The Improvised Musical
Taking audience suggestions and transforming them into an improvised show before your very eyes, Showstopper: The Improvised Musical is so impressive, you’ll find yourself going time and time again to see what else they can pull out of their sleeves. Since 2015, over 80 new musicals have been performed by the troupe in the West End, taking any audience suggestion and transforming into it a full-length production. Performing annually at the Edinburgh Fringe, Showstopper: The Improvised Musical returns to the Lyric Theatre for even more performances in 2018.
The Book of Mormon
From the writers of South Park comes The Book of Mormon, a comedy musical all about the Latter Day Saints. Meet Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, two Elders who end up paired together on their mission to Uganda to spread the religion. From the start, they’re faced with warlords and nobody wants to join the church. But when Elder Cunningham becomes closer to Nabulungi, the religion spreads throughout the village, even if the villagers tell the story in their unique way. With a hilarious score including “I Believe” and “All American Prophet”, The Book of Mormon pushes the West End boundaries.
Returning to the West End in January 2019, Six tells the story of Henry VIII’s six wives in a way you’ve never heard before. The six wives compete against each other to see who had it worse with Henry VIII, each taking the mic to tell their individual story. Packed with sassy girl-power, it’s full of original songs including “No Way” and “Heart of Stone” as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Tudors in a way that’s refreshing and comedic for audience members of any age. Full of funk and historical knowledge, take a trip to the Haus of Holbein with Six before you lose your head.
Only Fools and Horses
Coming to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in February 2019, Only Fools and Horses: The Musical brings the dodgy dealings of Del Boy and Rodney to the stage. Follow Del boy as he sets out to find his soul mate, while Cassandra and Rodney prepare to walk down the aisle. Join Grandad and the rest of the gang in a musical that’s set to be a good ole’ knees-up. Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, the son of original writer John Sullivan, it’s a fitting legacy to the hit television show filled with all your favourite moments.
Waitress has whipped up a storm at the Adelphi Theatre since it began performances in February 2019. It tells the story of Jenna Hutchinson, a waitress and expert pie baker who plans on entering a pie contest to start a new life with the prize money. With an award-winning original soundtrack by Sara Bareilles, you’ll be crying and laughing in this emotional rollercoaster of a musical.
School of Rock
See the kids of Horace Green rock out at School of Rock, the smash-hit stage adaptation of the 2003 film starring Jack Black. Dewey Finn takes on the alias of his friend Ned Schneebly, a substitute teacher. When he realises the kids have musical potential, he forms a band with the children to compete in a local competition. Principal Mullins has her suspicions, but when it’s confirmed that Mr Schneebly isn’t who he said he was, will the kids be able to play in Battle of the Bands? Get ready to play your air guitar at one of the coolest musicals around.
Matilda the Musical
Bringing the Roald Dahl story to life, Matilda the Musical is the perfect story that sometimes you just have to be a little bit naughty! Matilda’s teacher Miss Honey sees the unique qualities in the gifted child. Matilda also has to deal with Miss Trunchbull and her parents who don’t fully appreciate just how talented their daughter is. Return to your younger years with this heartwarming classic, full of mischief.
Comedy plays to go and see in the West End
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong will have you laughing out of your seat at the Duchess Theatre, as it’s a show where it may seem so wrong but it’s so right! Trying to put on the “Murder at Haversham Manor”, the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society face many disasters before the curtain rises. With props going missing and the set falling around them, it’s a tough journey to get the show to open. But don’t be fooled by the disasters, The Play That Goes Wrong is a slick comedy that’s fun for all the family.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Step back in time to 1959 in The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Minneapolis City Bank has been given a precious diamond to look after. But with many corrupt people working at the bank, as well as many mistaken identities, nobody can be trusted with such a large jewel. Find out whether the diamond will be safe in this smashing comedy.
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