Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, London

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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.

STORY

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.

CAST

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

CREATIVE

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

REVIEWS

★★★★ Roar with laughter and feel a lump in the throat –  Guardian
★★★★ Funny and painful – sometimes both at once – Daily Telegraph
★★★★  – 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. – Time Out


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 4 February 2017

Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 15+ Important Info: Containscenes of a sexual nature and nudity.




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Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
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Katherine Parkinson and Steve Pemberton to star in Dead Funny

Casting has been announced for a new production of Terry Johnson’s hit comedy Dead Funny.

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) will lead the cast, which is also directed by Johnson.

Dead Funny follows Eleanor (Parkinson), who wants a baby, and her husband Richard (Jones), who runs the Dead Funny Society. When comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill die in the same week the Dead Funny Society gathers for a celebration of laughter and hilarity. But Eleanor’s grin, hides a grimace.  When your marriage is deader than either Morcambe or Wise it’s hard to see the funny side of things.

Dead Funny returns to the Vaudeville Theatre where it was first performed 21 years ago and starred Zoe Wanamaker and David Haig.

Producer Nica Burns said: “A revival of this wonderful play is long overdue. Like life, it’s as funny as it is moving and needs an outstandingly talented cast.”

Parkinson is best known for her role as Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd and more recently the Channel 4/AMC science-fiction drama Humans. Her theatre credits include include Before The Party (Almeida Theatre), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Cock (Royal Court Theatre) and The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre).

Steve Pemberton’s theatre credits include She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), The 25th Annual Puttnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse), The Drowsy Chaperone and Art (West End). He is well known for his work on television which includes The League of Gentlemen, Camping, Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Inside No.9, Benidorm, Psychoville, Mapp & Lucia and Doctor Who.

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

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