Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre starring Katherine Parkinson and Steve Pemberton

Terry Johnson’s award winning comedy Dead Funny returns to the West End in a much anticipated revival starring Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm), Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), Emily Berrington (Humans) and Rufus Jones (W1A,  The Casual Vacancy).

Dead Funny runs from the 27 October 2016 until 4 February 2017 at the Vaudeville Theatre.


Eleanor wants a child. Richard would oblige if he could, but he’s too busy running the Dead Funny Society.

When British comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill turn up their toes in the same week the society gather for a celebration of hilarity and laughter. But Eleanor’s grin masks a grimace.

When your marriage is deader than either Morcambe or Wise it’s hard to see the funny side of things.


The cast includes Katherine Parkinson (Eleanor), Steve Pemberton (Brian), Ralf Little (Nick), Emily Berrington (Lisa) and Rufus Jones (Richard).


Written and directed by Terry Johnson, with set and costume by Richard Kent, lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by John Leonard.


★★★★ “Roar with laughter and feel a lump in the throat” Guardian
★★★★ “Funny and painful – sometimes both at once” Telegraph
★★★★ “Delicately combines laughter and tears. Dead Impressive” The Independent
★★★★ “a fine line between hilarity and emotional exposure.” The Stage
★★★★ “Custard pies and celibacy. Slapstick and no tickle. Johnson’s ’90s comedy still feels fresh.” TimeOut